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Night view of the France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Image Credit: Courtesy: Dany Eid/Expo 2020 Dubai

Dubai: ‘Notre-Dame de Paris, the Experience’ — an innovative exhibition on the cathedral’s 850-year history, using physical scenography and augmented reality, opened at the France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai today.

The exhibition, which runs until November 1, takes visitors through the cathedral’s construction in the Middle Ages, its role in the religious, cultural and political life of France and the restoration work being undertaken, following the damage the World Heritage building sustained in a fire in April 2019.

‘Histopads’ — cutting-edge tablet devices developed by the French start-up Histovery — will provide visitors with a virtual and interactive experience of historical events, such as the coronation of Emperor Napoleon I and the construction of the spire of Viollet-le-Duc.

A view of the France Pavilion during daylight hours. Image Credit: AFP

The Histopad’s augmented technology will also enable visitors to understand the complexity of the restoration work and the different trades involved in rebuilding the landmark building.

The experience, which opens the on the eve of France’s National Day celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai, is a precursor to the much larger ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’ exhibition, which will take place in Paris at the College des Bernardins in spring 2022. It will then tour throughout Europe, as well as the Americas and Asia, for the duration of the reconstruction project.

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The exhibition is presented by the L’Oreal Group, Expo’s Official Beauty Products and Services Partner and one of the donors to the cathedral’s restoration.