On 15 April 2019, a violent fire struck the cathedral. In the wake of this disaster, a major restoration project was launched, financed thanks to the generosity of 340,000 donors from 150 countries who had been mobilised since the night of the fire. The worksite is under the responsibility of a dedicated public institution, which will be set up on 1 December 2019. The restoration project, presented in July 2020 to the Commission nationale du patrimoine et de l’architecture (National Commission for Heritage and Architecture) and unanimously approved, has chosen to remain faithful to the damaged monument and to the authenticity of the materials used. In 2024, it will return Notre-Dame Cathedral to the faithful and visitors from all over the world.