Paris Disparu, Paris Restitué

July 2, 2014By Heidi EllisonArchive

Resuscitating Historic Paris

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“Bargemen Jousting between Pont Notre-Dame and Pont au Change” (1756), by Nicolas and Jean-Baptiste Raguenet © Musée Carnavalet/Roger-Viollet.

Are the hundreds of tourists lined up to visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame every day aware that a layered history of Paris through the centuries lies right beneath their feet in the Archeological Crypt?

After a thorough cleaning and restoration of the site, the current exhibition, “Paris Lost, Paris Regained” (through December 2015), helps to make the vestiges of the city from Roman to medieval times easier to comprehend for non-experts in archaeology.

Historical information places the ruins in context, while sound effects re-create the ambience of the times, and a system of 3D

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Inside the crypt. Photo © Pierre Antoine.images shows visitors what the stone ruins in front of them looked like and how they were used in days gone by.

Probably the most fascinating vestiges on view are the ruins of the Roman baths, which used an ingenious system of sending hot air underneath the floor to heat the water and air. The 3D graphics help bring the place to life, making it possible to imagine real people not so different from us chatting and gossiping as they indulged in the pleasures of the baths.



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