Notre-Dame de Paris ("Our Lady of Paris"),
also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame,
is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité
in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France.
The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples
of French Gothic architecture.
The innovative use of the rib vault and flying buttress,
the enormous and colourful rose windows,
and the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration
set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style.
The cathedral is one of the most widely-recognized symbols
of the city of Paris and the French nation.
As the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris,
Notre-Dame contains the cathedra
of the Archbishop of Paris (Michel Aupetit).
12 million people visit Notre-Dame yearly,
the most visited monument in Paris.
Take a tour of the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral below.
It was such a beautiful place inside and even out.
Barack Obama tweeted @BarackObama
"Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can."
After the devastating fire,
see what's left of Notre Dame Cathedral with all sadness.
It survived World War 1 and 2,
but look at it now.
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