Notre Dame Cathedral History And Facts By Miranda McQueen


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The Notre Dame Cathedral was made between the 12th and 14th centuries. The Notre Dame Cathedral is originally known as Notre Dame de Paris, which has centuries of French history built into its fine stone walls. But let’s talk some stuff people don’t know about the cathedral. Notre-Dame de Paris now stands was once a Gallo-Roman city known as Lutetia. The cathedral may have been built right over remnants of a temple: Around 1710, pieces of a sculpted altar dedicated to Jupiter and other deities were discovered during an excavation under the choir (although it remains unclear if this is evidence of an ancient temple, or if the pieces were recycled there from another location.)

On April 15, 2019, a fire broke out at the cathedral, enveloping the iconic spire and much of the roof. The spire has now collapsed, and firefighters are still working to contain the flames. It’s unclear what started the fire, though it could be related to ongoing renovation work