Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral (Our Lady of Paris)


Notre Dame de Paris, a French phrase meaning “Our Lady of Paris,” is located on the Île de la Cité in Paris, France. The cathedral is an example of French Gothic design containing many fine examples of stained glass and sculptures. In terms of its structures, the building was one of the first to execute the use of the flying buttress to support the thin walls that reached great heights. The building was constructed from 1163 – 1345 , but suffered some damage during the French Revolution in the 1790s. Thereafter, the cathedral underwent massive restoration in an attempt to revive the Gothic style of the buildings.

Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral (Our Lady of Paris), Paris, France
Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral (Our Lady of Paris), Paris, France

Useful facts:

  • Restoration was lead by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc
  • Highest point under the roof is 43 meters
  • There are 380 steps leading to the towers
  • Towers reach a high point of 69 meters
  • Total length of building is 128 meters
  • Total surface area of 4,800 m²
  • The wooden structure consists of 1,300 oak trees which represents 21 hectares of forest
  • One of the most famous features is the north rose window and is 12.9 meters in diameter

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