Notre Dame de Paris

By: Alex Callaghan

Located in fourth arrondissement of Paris, France

It has its main entrance to the west. The island is on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité.

The Cathedral had 3 architects

  • Peter of Montereau
  • Jean de Chelles
  • Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus

The three Architects

The Cathedral was built in the 12th century and took 300 years to complete

What was it made of? And what style?

  • The Cathedral is made of cut stone
  • The result is an overwhelming building, 128 meters long (420 ft) with two 69 meter tall towers (226 ft). The spire over the crossing reaches 90 meters (295 ft) and was added in the nineteenth century by Viollet-le-Duc. The Notre-Dame Cathedral has several large rose windows, the northern thirteenth-century window is the most impressive. The massive window has a diameter of 13.1 meter.
  • The style of the Cathedral is Gothic
  • The Cathedral of Notre Dame is probably best known for its relation to the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, made famous by the numerous cartoons and movies inspired by it. But is still probably most famous for its French Gothic architecture.


During the Revolution, many of the cathedral's sculptures, gargoyles and interior was removed or demolished. Even the gallery of Kings was severely damaged: the revolutionaries though the statues represented french kings.