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Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre-Dame de Paris, often referred to simply as Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its innovative use of the rib vault and flying buttress, its enormous and colourful rose windows, and the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style.


  • History 

  • Towers and the Spire 

  • Iconography - the "poor people's book" 

  • Stained glass - rose windows 

  • Contemporary critical reception 

  • Organ 

  • Organ and organists 

  • Bells 

  • Events in the Cathedral 

  • Gallery 

  • Bibliography