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Notre Dame de Paris

14 May, 2009

Notre Dame de Paris- The Ornament of the City of Lights

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris is a Catholic Cathedral situated at the French Capital. It is one of the most known cathedrals and monuments in the world, visited by thousands of tourists every year. Its name means our Lady of Paris and is dedicated to Virgin Mary.

The Cathedral is the Catholic temple that houses the Chair of the Archbishop of Paris, therefore called Cathedral. It is built according to the Gothic Architectural Design and is considered to be one of the most characteristic and distinctive examples of this architectural genre. The statues, the sculptures and the construction design have fascinated people and artists all over the world and have given birth to several myths and legends.

The construction of the Notre Dame de Paris started back in 1163. Maurice de Sully, Bishop of Paris suggested replacing the old church that was situated there, with something more unique and majestic. The construction was quite problematic though and lasted for 200 years. It was concluded in 1345. However, the story of the Cathedral was equally harsh. It suffered desecration and destructions several times throughout the French History. It seems that all major events affected the Notre Dame, as it was burned a few times and almost completely destroyed during the French Revolution. However, the Cathedral was restored towards the end of the 19th century, regaining much of its original structure and looks. The famous gargoyles and other sculptures were replaced, while Notre Dame de Paris became one of the first buildings in the world to feature arched supports at the exterior part.

The name of the Cathedral is associated with one of the most famous books and legends; the Hunchback of Notre Dame supposedly lived at the bell rooms of the church. The Cathedral features 5 bells, and each one of them bear a particular name and design so as to produce different sound. The central one is called Emanuel and is situated at the Southern Tower, weighing more than 12 tons.

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris

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