Notre Dame Cathedral burned, but saved!
The city of Paris mourns over the fire that broke out in Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, and the world mourns with them. The cathedral is more than just a religious symbol. The massive fire blaze devastated large parts of the 850 years’ old church. Hundreds of firefighters rushed to the scene.
The fire had been a terrible tragedy and people condemned it on the social sites. The French President, Emmanuel Macron said that the worst had been avoided, and promised that they will rebuild the Cathedral together. Let us know some of the facts about the cathedral:
- The cathedral has a forest on the roof with one of the oldest existing wood timber frames in Paris and each beam of the cathedral is built on an individual tree.
- The church was built in the 13th century, it is one of the most popular attractions. Almost 13 million visitors visit the place every year.
- The church was used as a warehouse to store wine barrels for the troops of the Revolutionary Army.
- In 1831, Victor Hugo's historical novel Notre-Dame de Paris invoked awareness in the minds of the people to understand the true value of this Cathedral.
- The two towers of the church were constructed at different times. The South tower was built between 1220 and 1240, the while north was built between 1235 and 1250. The north tower is taller than the south tower.
- 20 bells from the church except the Emmanuel were removed and melted down to make cannons, during the 18th century.
- Statue heads of 28 biblical heads, who were beheaded were located at the west façade were mistaken for statues of French kings.
- Some sculptures have been recycled from a previous Romanesque church. These statues have been tweaked to fit into the Gothic structure of the Cathedral.
- The church is believed to have been built over remnants of a temple and was completed in 1345.
- The cathedral is home to three rose windows whose stained glass panes are shaped like flower petals. It also puts light on the stories from the lives of the Twelve Apostles.
We hope the Notre Dame Cathedral to be back soon!
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