Notre Dame

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Notre Dame, Paris Overview

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a classic symbol of French Gothic architecture with a history spanning across centuries. Located on the Île de la Cité Island, this cathedral is amongst the most famous ones over the world and boasts of a grand interior with stained rose windows, relics, bells and organs. This cathedral, however, has had its share of misfortunes, with the most recent one being the devastating fire of April 2019 due to which it now remains closed to visitors for renovation work.

Amidst the chime of church bells in the heart of the River Seine sits the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, considered to be one of the most excellent examples of Gothic architecture. The impressive interior here with stained rose windows, relics like the Crown of Thorns, a sliver and a nail from the true cross along with the two tall towers, sculptures of mythical creatures and the spire in the exterior adorn the church space. This cathedral has ten bells, an archaeological script and various organs which play a significant role in the church activities.

The cathedral went through a destructive phase in the time of the French Revolution when the interiors were desecrated and the gargoyles along with other structures greatly destroyed. This Roman Catholic Church had a recent misfortune in April of 2019, when a fire broke out beneath the roof and destroyed the roof along with the famous spire. Notre Dame now remains closed to the public as it undergoes restoration.

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How to Reach the Notre Dame Cathedral

Take the metro Line 1, 4 or 10 from Hotel de Ville on the right bank of the Seine, to Cite in the island and from Maubert Mutualité on the left bank respectively.

History of the Notre Dame Cathedral

The first stone of Notre Dame was laid on the Île de la Cité Island in 1163 and was finally completed in 1345. This cathedral stands witness to historical moments like the canonization of Joan of Arc, the French Revolution and the World Wars, with the condition of the church collapsing especially in the 16th and 17th century. Also, it was here that Napoleon was crowned the French Emperor in 1804 after he saved the cathedral from turning into a ruin.

Notre Dame rose to the popular scene again with the publication of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame in 1831.

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