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Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris is a historic Roman Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité. Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, Notre Dame is the home of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris. The cathedral treasury is notable for its reliquary, which houses the purported crown of thorns, a fragment of the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails – all instruments of the Passion and a few of the most important first-class relics. Bishop Maurice de Sully started construction of the edifice in 1163. The Cathedral was to be built in the new gothic style and had to reflect Paris' status as the capital of the French kingdom. It was the first cathedral built on a monumental scale with its cruciform plan, sexpartite vaulting, flying buttresses and enlarged windows and became the prototype for future cathedrals in France, inspiring those in Amiens, Chartres and Rheims, to name a few.

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