No Christmas service at Notre Dame for first time since French Revolution

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 24th, 2019 11:11 am

The Notre Dame Cathedral is unable to host its traditional Christmas service for the first time since the French Revolution because of the fire that damaged the landmark earlier this year.

Its clergy, choir, and congregation will be hosting its service in the Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois church near the Louvre Museum.

A wooden liturgical platform resembling Notre Dame's was built in the Saint-Germain church. The damaged church's 14th century sculpture "The Virgin of Paris," which survived the fire, is also on display.

The iconic cathedral was damaged in April after an accidental fire consumed the church's roof and collapsed its spire. The structure is currently too dangerous to let visitors inside, officials said. Reconstruction is expected to take several years.