A virtual dive through the ages at Notre Dame

See Notre-Dame cathedral through the ages

via a new virtual reality experience

(SOUNDBITE) (French) EMISSIVE CEO, FABIEN BARATI, SAYING: "We want to create experiences that supplement reality and so we offer to travel through time, to visit lost areas of the cathedral or to meet characters who were part of Notre-Dame de Paris' history."

The project was developed over two years by VR startup EMissive

The immersive experience is a 45 minute-long trip

from the construction of the iconic Parisian landmark

to the fire that ravaged it in 2019

(SOUNDBITE) (French) IMAGE AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE FOR BNP PARIBAS BANK, CARINE GARCON, SAYING: "It is quite impressive. I would say that you are a bit anxious at the start and then you completely forget about the fact that you are in an enclosed space because the environment is absolutely magnificent.”

The cathedral is set to reopen to the public in 2024

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