L’Oréal presents “Notre-Dame de Paris, the Experience”, a virtual immersion in the history of the cathedral produced by French startup Histovery, from 1 October to 1 November 2021.

 « Notre-Dame de Paris, the Experience », a world premiere

As a donor for the rebuilding of the cathedral and an Expo 2020 Dubai partner, L’Oréal was keen to share the exhibition in the France Pavilion to plunge visitors from all over the world into the history of Notre-Dame de Paris, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Using the HistoPad augmented reality technology developed by Histovery, which creates immersive, interactive reconstructions, visitors equipped with tablets go back in time and see the cathedral being built in the Middle Ages. They are also able to witness the coronation of Emperor Napoleon I, see the Viollet-le-Duc spire being erected and understand the work undertaken to safeguard the structure after the 2019 fire, prior to the start of reconstruction.

“Notre-Dame de Paris, the Experience”, sponsored exclusively by L’Oréal, takes places from 1 October to 1 November in the France Pavilion. It prefigures the augmented exhibition “Notre-Dame de Paris” which will take place at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris in spring 2022, realised in collaboration with l’Établissement public chargé de la conservation et de la restauration de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (Public Institution responsible for the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris). This larger exhibition will take visitors on a journey back through the cathedral’s 850-year history. It is expected to tour Europe, the Americas and Asia while the reconstruction continues.

" L’Oréal is proud to support this project dedicated to Notre-Dame and created by Histovery. The terrible fire that struck the cathedral shocked and saddened people all over the world. This exhibition will be an opportunity to tell the story of this World Heritage treasure through an innovative and engaging interpretive experience. "

Jean-Paul Agon
Chairman & CEO of L'Oréal

" I would like to warmly thank L’Oréal for having made this immersive and innovative experience possible. Thanks to Histovery’s expertise, visitors will now be able to experience the cathedral’s restoration site from the inside and discover the expertise and skills of the different trades that have come together. "

Army General Jean-Louis Georgelin
President of the Public Institution responsible for the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris

L’Oréal also contributes to the France Pavilion in February 2022 by hosting the media and VIP area for the UNESCO-L’Oréal Foundation For Women in Science awards honouring women scientists in the Middle East, and by coordinating one of the Pavilion’s themes: “Women: achieving gender equality” between 4 and 17 March 2022.

About L'Oréal

L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 100 years. With its unique international portfolio of 35 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 27.99 billion euros in 2020 and employs 85,400 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce.

Research and innovation, and a dedicated research team of 4,000 people, are at the core of L’Oréal’s strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L’Oréal sets out ambitious sustainable development goals across the Group for 2030 and aims to empower its ecosystem for a more inclusive and sustainable society.

About Histovery

Histovery invents Augmented Visit and revolutionises cultural visit experiences with the HistoPad. The touchscreen tablet uses augmented reality to travel through time and offer immersive experiences reconstructing the history of places and collections in museums, historic monuments and exhibitions.

The company provides a full Augmented Tour service, including content creation, scientific validation, IT development, equipment installation and maintenance, statistical analysis of behavioural data, and regular updates.  HistoPad enables sites to grow visitor numbers by attracting new audiences and winning their loyalty.

Created in 2013, the multi international award winning HistoPad is currently deployed in fifteen museums and monuments in France, including the Château de Chambord, the Palais des Papes in Avignon and the Conciergerie in Paris, as well as two sites in Germany, and used by more than two million visitors a year.

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