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A walk down Notre-Dame’s memory lane

Updated : 2019-04-19 23:22:49

The Notre-Dame cathedral in central Paris has been facing the banks of Seine for the last 800 years, prized for its vision and detail and lodestar for both pilgrims and tourists attractions. Earlier this week, the world watched in horror as the Gothic cathedral was significantly damaged by a fire. As attention turns to its rebuilding, here is a collection of images that attests to its huge popularity.

The Cathedral at Notre-Dame is a stone building with oak canopy of Gothic architecture and stands in the island Ile de la Cite in the middle of the River Seine.
The Cathedral at Notre-Dame is a stone building with oak canopy of Gothic architecture and stands in the island Ile de la Cite in the middle of the River Seine.
Notre-Dame is more than a paean to the Middle Ages. Its foundations rest on the most ancient inhabited site in Paris, the Celtic town of Lutetia, dating back to at least the first century BCE.
Notre-Dame is more than a paean to the Middle Ages. Its foundations rest on the most ancient inhabited site in Paris, the Celtic town of Lutetia, dating back to at least the first century BCE.
Built in the 12th century, the Roman Catholic Church has seen the history and wars of the Middle Ages.
Built in the 12th century, the Roman Catholic Church has seen the history and wars of the Middle Ages.
From Joan of Arc to Archdeacon Claude Frollo, who happens to be the villain in Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame, cast a shadow in one of the best known works of French literature.
From Joan of Arc to Archdeacon Claude Frollo, who happens to be the villain in Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame, cast a shadow in one of the best known works of French literature.
Notre-Dame was built from the 1160s at the instigation of Bishop Maurice de Sully to replace a vast seventh century cathedral on more or less the same site.
Notre-Dame was built from the 1160s at the instigation of Bishop Maurice de Sully to replace a vast seventh century cathedral on more or less the same site.
Ernst Hemingway was a regular at the cafe of the bookstore, Shakespeare & Co, on the other side of the bank where he sipped coffee and wrote his essays.
Ernst Hemingway was a regular at the cafe of the bookstore, Shakespeare & Co, on the other side of the bank where he sipped coffee and wrote his essays.
Existentialist writers like Camus, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were regular in the area although they avoided visiting the cathedral as they were atheists.
Existentialist writers like Camus, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were regular in the area although they avoided visiting the cathedral as they were atheists.
French King Louis IX was baptised at the cathedral in 1214.
French King Louis IX was baptised at the cathedral in 1214.
With 13 million visitors every year, the Cathedral is also the ‘Point Zero’ of Paris city.
With 13 million visitors every year, the Cathedral is also the ‘Point Zero’ of Paris city.
The pigeons in front of the Notre-Dame cathedral become an attraction for tourists.
The pigeons in front of the Notre-Dame cathedral become an attraction for tourists.
After the huge fire that took place on April 15 around 6pm Paris time, the structures made out of oak turned into ashes.
After the huge fire that took place on April 15 around 6pm Paris time, the structures made out of oak turned into ashes.
Most historical artefacts, including the Crown of thorns and tunic of St. Louis, were rescued safely from the fire.
Most historical artefacts, including the Crown of thorns and tunic of St. Louis, were rescued safely from the fire.
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