Unfortunately, I’m sure everyone saw the news this Monday, April 15th. Paris, France, Catholicism, Christianity & history buffs alike all suffered a huge loss when the Notre Dame was all but destroyed in a fire.
While France and the Catholic church are reeling from their loss, it’s affecting everyone around the world. I’m not a fan of organized religion, I’m actually agnostic. What I am, though, is a HUGE history fan. I absolutely adore history, and to see the 856 year old church engulfed in flames was an absolute blow. It crushed a little piece inside of me to know that the entire wooden frame of the church, with literal trees from the 12th and 13th century, was gone in a but moment. To commemorate the loss of such a beautiful piece of architecture and history, here are a few facts about the Notre Dame and her legacy. Thanks to History.com and The BBC for some of this information!
- Construction started in 1163 and was never *really* finished until about two hundred years later!
- Mary, Queen of Scots (My homegirl! Mary is my FAVORITE historical figure!) wed her young husband, Dauphin Francis in the cathedral in 1558.
- Napoleon Bonaparte, following the revolution, famously snatched his crown from the Pope and crowned himself emperor of Paris in 1804 during his coronation at the Notre Dame.
- Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame was published in 1831.
- While the towers of the Notre Dame, appear to be twins, they are actually sisters. The north tower is slightly larger.
Check out even more information and history on the legacy that is the Notre Dame on their Wikipedia page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre-Dame_de_Paris