Notre Dame

Sydney Kaufman

History of Notre Dame

  • Construction on Notre Dame began in 1163.
  • The cathedral was built on top of past churches.
  • It was mostly completed by the early 14th century.
  • Bits and pieces have been added and removed since then, and much was destroyed during the french revolution.
  • Notre Dame was one of the first Gothic cathedrals.

Size

The interior of the cathedral is 427 by 157 feet (67,039 square feet) and the roof is 115 feet high
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Location

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Located within the 4th arrondissement.

Fun Facts

  • The arches on the cathedral were not in the original design plan. They were added for support.

  • After the French Revolution, Napoleon was the reason the cathedral was not destroyed.

  • Notre Dame has more than 14 million people visit each year.

  • The towers go up 387 steps

  • The south tower contains a 13 ton bell

  • Notre Dame is one of the largest religious buildings

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written so people would become interested in the church