Cathédrale Notre-Dame De Paris

Cathédrale Notre-Dame De Paris is a Catholic cathedral located on the Île de la Cité in the Seine River, in Paris France. Construction on the Cathedral began in 1163, though it was not completed until 1345. Notre Dame fell into disrepair during the 1790s in response to the French Revolution’s atheistic sentiment. Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, renewed interest in the Cathedral, which led to its repair under architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine and Lassus Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. On April 15, 2019, Notre Dame caught fire, leading to significant damage, including the collapse of the famous spire. France is currently trying to restore the Notre Dame Cathedral, with the goal of finishing construction before the Paris Olympics in 2024. Besides being known for its long and unique history, Notre Dame de Paris is also the most famous example of French Gothic architecture. The most defining French Gothic feature is the two towers located at the Cathedral’s front. Notre Dame is also known for its flying buttresses (to support the weight of its walls) and its three stained glass windows.