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Notre Dame Cathedral


Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Notre Dame de Paris (French for "Our Lady of Paris"), usually known as Notre Dame Cathedral, is a historic Catholic cathedral in Paris, France. The cathedral is located on the eastern half of Île de la Cité, one of two remaining natural islands on the River Seine in Paris.

It is known the site contained a previous church, Saint Étienne (St Stephen's) since the 4th century, but it was demolished in 1160, and construction of Notre Dame began in 1163. Throughout its history, Notre Dame Cathedral has undergone various alterations, as well as suffering from vandalism (from Huguenot riots in 1548, and during the French Revolution), and war damage during World War II. A major maintenance and restoration program has been ongoing since 1991.

The cathedral is still a working cathedral to this day, and is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, as well as being the official chair of the Archbishop of Paris. The cathedral's treasury contains a reliquary which contains some of Catholicism's most important first-class relics, including the Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.

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Notre-Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals

By Ken Follett

Viking
Released: 2019-10-29
Hardcover (80 pages)

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“The wonderful cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the greatest achievements of European civilization, was on fire. The sight dazed and disturbed us profoundly. I was on the edge of tears. Something priceless was dying in front of our eyes. The feeling was bewildering, as if the earth was shaking.” —Ken Follett

In this short, spellbinding book, international bestselling author Ken Follett describes the emotions that gripped him when he learned about the fire that threatened to destroy one of the greatest cathedrals in the world—the Notre-Dame de Paris. Follett then tells the story of the cathedral, from its construction to the role it has played across time and history, and he reveals the influence that the Notre-Dame had upon cathedrals around the world and on the writing of one of Follett's most famous and beloved novels, The Pillars of the Earth.

Ken Follett will donate his proceeds from this book to the charity La Fondation du Patrimoine.

Notre-Dame de Paris: History, Art, and Revival from 1163 to Tomorrow

By Antonia Felix

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This stunning photographic ode to one of the world’s most beloved treasures pays tribute to Notre-Dame—its place in history and in culture, and its rebirth—in the wake of the tragic fire that nearly destroyed it.

With its spectacular rose windows, majestic spire, soaring vaults, twin bell towers, and massive pipe organ, the gothic cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris has long stood as a symbol of that city—people openly wept as fire swept through the iconic building in April 2019, which sustained colossal damage. In stunning photographs, this volume celebrates Notre-Dame through the ages: its beginnings in 1160 and construction during the Middle Ages; its survival through the French Revolution and two World Wars; its coronations (including Napoleon’s), royal weddings, and presidential funerals; its resurgence after the publication of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame; its magnificent relics and artwork; its portrayal by artists through time; and, finally, its recent near-destruction . . . and the miraculous efforts to save it, and restore it to its former glory and beyond.

Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

By Victor Hugo

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Released: 1978-10-26
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More commonly known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of dark passions and unrequited love

In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her, that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.

John Sturrock's clear, contemporary translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing it as a passionate novel of ideas, written in defence of Gothic architecture and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an ugly exterior can conceal moral beauty. This revised edition also includes further reading and a chronology of Hugo's life.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


 
 
 

 
 
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