Roselyne Bachelot against contemporary stained glass windows in Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral

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INFO THE FIGARO – The Minister of Culture, who visited the building site, excludes the replacement of the originals.

Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Culture, visiting the site of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on November 24. Francois Bouchon / François Bouchon / Le Figaro

While she was this Tuesday, right below one of the grisailles of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, in the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, the Minister of Culture chose not to take a position on the controversy around contemporary stained glass windows – a project cherished by the Archdiocese of Paris, by 2024.

But on the sidelines of the in-depth visit she made on Tuesday morning to the building site, Roselyne Bachelot clearly spoke out against the creation of contemporary stained glass windows in the cathedral. “The stained glass windows are an integral part of the monument, and such a decision belongs to the State”, she confided to Figaro, “In any case, the grisailles (NDLR painting technique) are classified as historical monuments, and it therefore seems impossible that they are replaced ”. This impossibility, which puts an end to one of the aspects of the interior redevelopment project imagined by a committee assembled by Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris, “Does not prohibit that we do

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