On April 15, 2019, Notre Dame Cathedral, the 850-year-old church in Paris, France, witnessed a devastating fire that destroyed parts of its structure. According to reports, after the fire broke out, it quickly spread and reached the roof of the church, destroying stained-glass
windows and wooden interiors. The roof and spire of the church also collapsed. The cathedral was in the middle of a $6.8 million renovation with some sections under scaffolding. Thankfully, many of the priceless bronze statues inside were removed during the previous week.
Some Facts About Notre Dame Cathedral
- The cathedral was built between 1163 and 1345.
- It is located in Paris, France on the Île de la Cité.
- It is one of the largest religious buildings in the world.
- The cathedral was designed in Gothic fashion.
- The tympanum or semi-circular area of decoration on one of the western portals (doors) was recycled from a previous Romanesque church.
- The south tower is home to Emmanuel Bell, Notre Dame’s largest bell. The bell weighs 13 tonnes.
- The stained glass windows of the cathedral dated back to the 13th century when the cathedral was constructed.
- The famous twin towers reach a height of 226ft and have 387 steps. Though the towers are called twin towers, they are not identical. The north tower is bigger than the south tower.
- The Notre Dame organ includes almost 8,000 pipes, some dating back to the 18th century. It is played with five keyboards, making it the biggest pipe organ in France.
- Notre Dame attracts about 13 million visitors each year, a little more than the Eiffel Tower.