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Notre Dame
The imposing Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame which for centuries dominated the Seine and the Ile de la Cité and all the history of Paris has been ravaged by flames. While I am writing this note, we still do not know the full extent of the damage, certainly very serious suffered by the splendid monument.
The place where the majestic cathedral stands has always been the cradle and center of religion since the times of the Celts and the Romans, who built a temple to Jupiter, later replaced over time by a Christian basilica and later by the Romanesque church of St. Etienne , founded in 528 by Childebert king of the Merovingians.
Maurice de Sully, who had become bishop of Paris, demolished the previous one of St. Etienne (Saint Stephen), of the fourth century, not considering it worthy of the new religious role, starting the construction of the new church in 1163. Built in the new Gothic style it should reflect the status of Paris as the capital of the kingdom of France. It was the first church to be built on a monumental scale, the prototype for the other great French Gothic cathedrals, such as those at Amiens, Chartres and Reims.

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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15674 W: 130 N: 32481] (183025)
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