History of Notre Dame Cathedral

 
Notre Dame, interior

For centuries the Notre Dame Cathedral has been a landmark tourist attraction in Paris. The cathedral took 100 years to build and was completed in 1260. Although many of the religious icons were destroyed during the French Revolution, the building achieved notoriety following the publication of Victor Hugo's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" in 1831. Each year about 12-million tourists visit the building which is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron says Paris will rebuild the Notre Dame cathedral after a devastating fire. Speaking outside the iconic landmark, Macron said that thanks to the efforts of firefighters, the facade, including the two bell towers, has been saved. He declared that the worst has been avoided. To help rebuild the cathedral, Macron pledged to launch an international fundraising campaign. 

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Tourists visiting the Notre Dame de Paris on september 25, 2013 in Paris. The cathedral of Notre Dame is one of the top tourist destinations in Paris
View of Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, France
Parisians Sing Ave Maria Outside Of The Burning Notre-Dame in Paris
Parisians Sing Ave Maria Outside Of The Burning Notre-Dame in Paris
Interesting Facts About the Notre Dame Cathedral
Interesting Facts About the Notre Dame Cathedral
The almost 900 year old Catheral burned on April 15th

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