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Notre Dame de Paris

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  1. Notre Dame de Paris Ben Hu

  2. Introduction • Gothic Cathedral on eastern half of Paris • Dedicated to the virgin Mary • Means “Our Lady of Paris” • Still used as Roman Catholic cathedral

  3. Western Facade

  4. Flying Buttresses

  5. South Rose Window

  6. Water Spouts and Gargoyles

  7. Construction • Stands on site of Gallo-Roman temple to Jupiter, Christian basilica, Romanesque church • Construction began in 1163 during Louis VII’s reign • Completed around 1345 • Choir complete in 1182, nave in 1208, west front and towers 1225-1250

  8. Destruction and Restoration • During reign of Louis XIV and XV, many tombs and stained glass destroyed in modernization movement • Many treasures destroyed and stolen during French revolution • Restoration program 1845-1868; construction of spire and sacristy • Restoration 1991-2001; maintenance and restoration

  9. Historical Events • 1239-St. Louis places Crown of Thorns in Cathedral • 1302-Philip the Fair opens first States General • 1430-Henry VI of England crowned • 1572-Marguerite of Valoi married Huguenot Henri of Navarre • Dec. 2, 1804-Napoleon crowns himself • Aug. 26, 1944-Te Deum Mass celebrates the liberation of Paris • Nov. 12, 1970-The Requiem Mass of General de Gaulle is held • May 31, 1980-Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass