Join us for this new and unique class, to learn together in French about the iconic Cathedral’s mysteries!
During this class, we will revisit the tragic fire destroying the cathedral on April 15th:
– The progression of the blaze and the heroic struggle led by Paris firefighters who saved the building in extremis.
– What has been destroyed and what has been saved.
– The rescue of the cathedral’s relics and works of art.
– Paris’ criminal brigade investigation to determine the causes of the disaster.
– Construction’s progress and questions about the framework and the spire reconstruction.
– The emotional wave around the world and the international scope of the cathedral.
We will also take a detailed look at Notre-Dame’s history:
– Its construction in the 12th and 13th centuries and the medieval epic tale of the cathedral’s builders.
– How did Victor Hugo and the architect Viollet-Le-Duc helped save the Cathedral in the 19th century.
– We will discuss why Notre-Dame is both a shrine of Christianity and a symbol of the French Republic.
Limited spots available: register quickly!
About the teacher
Marie-Claude Zajde was born in Grenoble and grew up in the north of France in Lille. She later moved to Versailles and Paris before settling in Atlanta with her husband and three children in 2002. In Paris, she used to work in the pharmaceutical industry. She took her Teaching French as a Foreign Language certification test (the DAEFLE) and passed with high mentions in 2008. Then she started teaching at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta. She loves travelling, history, cinema, walking, and biking.