Notre-Dame Cathedral, the centuries-old structure in Paris that was gutted in a massive fire on April 15, 2019, was one of France’s most iconic architectural wonders.
Built over 800 years ago, Notre-Dame Cathedral had weathered many seasons down the centuries.
The ashes that lie scattered in Paris today had inspired awe in visitors from across the world in the architecture’s halcyon days.
Popularly known as “our lady”, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is used by the Roman Catholic Church. It is also the seat of the Archbishop of Paris.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral is located on the small island of Ile de la Cite.
This island is in the middle of the River Seine.
The construction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral stretched on for nearly 200 years.
A description on the Cathedral’s website says its construction began in 1163 after King Louis VII commissioned the architectural wonder.
Construction was completed in 1345.
Nearly every corner of the Norte-Dame Cathedral has some or the other historical significance, but an artefact that deserves a special mention is the famous bell that has been redesigned now to ring automatically.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral is also known for its beautifully carved gargoyles on its roof.
Besides their architectural aesthetics, the gargoyles also protect the Cathedral’s walls by draining rainwater in a manner that it doesn’t fall on the walls and damage them.
The massive fire that gutted a large section of Notre-Dame Cathedral has damaged the roof of the structure.
Firefighters were however able to save the main bell towers and outer walls from collapsing before bringing the blaze under control, news agencies said in a report.
The report said that besides battling to prevent one of the main bell towers from collapsing, firefighters also tried to rescue religious relics and other priceless artworks.
The cathedral’s main stone structure had escaped complete destruction by the time the fire came under control.