Notre-Dame de Paris MOOC (English version)

Notre-Dame de Paris MOOC

It was a close call for Notre-Dame: it could have been destroyed by fire, sharing the fate of many other prestigious buildings over the centuries. The fire 2019 is only the latest of a list of perils to have threatened Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral throughout its history.
With just a few months to go before its reopening, let’s take a closer look at this epic saga.

Notre-Dame is a one-of-a-kind building that took 160 years to build and has undergone multiple metamorphoses.
Most importantly, it is also a sanctuary, where images and sounds mingle, transporting the mind and soul.
It is all this and more: a symbol of France; a cornerstone of Paris' identity; a prized destination for visitors from all over the world; and a place to which people are dearly attached.

Join us as we relive the Notre-Dame de Paris adventure!

Course programme


Building Notre-Dame

From Antiquity to the changes soon to be unveiled, relive this Gothic giant’s many adventures and transformations.

Inhabiting Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame’s architecture, interior decoration, stained glass windows, sounds and musical atmosphere: they all combine to uplift the soul and delight the senses.

A universal cathedral

Under the Ancien Régime and later, the Republic, France’s leaders made Notre-Dame the unmissable venue we know today. Nowadays, visitors from all over the world flock to the cathedral, and draw inspiration from it to build new churches.










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Anyone can take this MOOC, for free. Whatever your age, and regardless of your computer equipment, Internet usage or understanding of architecture... you are welcome to follow the Notre-Dame MOOC. All you need to learn with us is curiosity!

You can follow the MOOC on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Just use your web browser. For an ideal user experience, use Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari (or their mobile versions). Internet Explorer users will need version 10 or above.

The MOOC is accessible at all times. This means you can follow the course in the evening after work, or at the weekend, for example… and consult its resources as often as you like. You will find a wide range of videos, practical activities, quizzes to check you have grasped the essentials, and additional resources in case you want to delve deeper into a particular subject. You can work alone, at your own pace, or interact with other participants, in particular via course-related activities.

Of course! At the end of each core sequence (of which there are 3 in this MOOC), you can take a quiz to check what you have learned. Each successful quiz earns you a badge, which is displayed on your profile page.

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 Feb 19th 2024
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