"Architecture is the great book of humanity", wrote Victor Hugo in his novel Notre-Dame de Paris. Since the 13th century, this emblematic Parisian landmark and masterpiece of Gothic art has travelled through the centuries at the heart of the Île de la Cité and overlooked the two branches of the Seine River.
Following the dramatic fire of spring of 2019, which destroyed Viollet-Le-Duc's mid-19th century spire, Notre-Dame de Paris awaits its final restoration. The work is scheduled for completion in 2025 and is already being described as the construction project of the century. In the meantime, admire the outside of the cathedral from its forecourt. Contemplate the two towers, the portal of the Last Judgment, as well as the various statues that adorn the facade. Walk around to gaze at the flying buttresses around the nave, the three huge rosette windows, fascinating crypts, and famous towers, where Rabelais' young Gargantua stole the bells.
It took two centuries to build this stone wonder, a period of time that translates into various styles from early Gothic to flamboyant Gothic. At the heart of the history of France, Notre-Dame de Paris housed the Holy Crown of St. Louis, saw the coronation of Napoleon I, and hosted the funerals of writer Paul Claudel and French President François Mitterrand, among others.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
6, parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II
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