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Paris: Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral is widely considered one of the finest surviving examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe.

Construction began in 1163 and was effectively completed around 1345. The famous flying buttresses around the choir and nave were not part of the original plan. But as the Gothic walls grew higher, stress fractures began to occur as the thin walls pushed outwards, forcing the supports to be placed around the outside walls in response. Later additions and extensions continued the now iconic pattern.

Vandalism, desecration, and failed attempts at modernization eventually threatened the cathedral to the point where the spectre of demolition loomed imminent. However, a restoration project in 1845 spearheaded by architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc — helped in no small part by the popularity of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame — saw the building returned to a pristine state.

In 1939, at the beginning of World War II, the great stained glass windows were removed in the fear that they could be damaged by bombers. They were restored at the end of the war, undamaged.

I can’t help but hear the voice of Charles Laughton screaming, “Thankthuary! Thankthuary!”

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Posted in Places by madsci on March 18th, 2010 at 3:54 pm.

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