Notre-Dame Cathedral reflects the prominent role of Paris as an economic and spiritual center in the 12th century. This Gothic cathedral is the most visited monument in Paris, France. More than 13 million visitors pass through the grand gate of Notre-Dame every year.
It is one of the world’s largest religious buildings. It has twin towers that are 226 feet tall and have 387 steps. Notre Dame is owned by the French State, but the Catholic Church has right to use it forever.
Quick Facts: –
- Notre-Dame Cathedral’s construction was ordered by Maurice de Sully, the Bishop of Paris, in 1160. It was built between 1163 and 1345.
- The Emmanuel Bell is the largest weighing 28,000 pounds and it is located in the South Tower.
- A Pagan city named as Ile-de-la-Cite lies below the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
- There are many statues that can be seen on the outside walls of Notre Dame.
- This structure was damaged severely during the French Revolution as the French Rebels hated the religious authorities of 18th Century.
- Napoleon used this cathedral for his coronation as Emperor of France in 1804.
- The cathedral’s dimensions follow the golden ratio (1:1.61), which represents perfection in architecture and art.
- There are a total of ten bells in this cathedral and each bell has a name. All of them are named for saints.
- The cathedral also has a measurement reference which is known as the ‘Point Zero’.
- A large fire on the 15th of April 2019 caused enormous damage to the cathedral. Luckily nobody was hurt and plans to rebuild this iconic building are under way.