A bygone era: Notre-Dame's Gothic architecture suffers in fire
Updated : 2019-04-16 16:48:45
Considered to be one of the greatest examples of French Gothic architecture, Notre-Dame Cathedral (meaning Our Lady of Paris) is one of Paris's most famous landmarks.
Located on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the river Seine, the cathedral was commissioned by Maurice de Sully shortly after becoming Bishop of Paris in 1160, and built over two centuries, from 1163 to 1345.
The cathedral is renowned for the naturalism of its gothic sculpture as well as its sublime stained glass art, typifying the improvements made over the previous era of Romanesque Architecture.
Significant damage was caused to the cathedral during the radical phase of the French Revolution (the 1790s), which was followed in the mid-1840s by an extensive program of renovation.
In 1991, Notre-Dame Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of culturally important sites. The Notre-Dame Cathedral is 865 years old as of date.