Notre-Dame de Paris (also called Notre Dame Cathedral) is one of the most famous Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages and is one of Paris’ most popular attractions. The idea for the cathedral was conceived in 1160 by bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully and in 1163, the foundation was finally laid by Pope Alexander III. The choir, western façade and the nave were completed by 1250 with the porches, chapels and other amazing embellishments added over the following 100 years.
Unfortunately, a major fire erupted at the cathedral in Paris on Monday, April 15th, devastating large parts of the 856-year-old church. The cathedral was undergoing renovations and has suffered colossal damages. While the cause of the fire is still unclear, French President Emmanuel Macron has promised Parisians that they will “rebuild this cathedral together” and over $700 million has already been donated for the project.
All of us here at Brentwood Travel have heavy hearts as Notre-Dame de Paris has touched so many of our lives. We look back on the fond memories we have had at the cathedral and in Paris by reminiscing on the photos and videos below.
Watch the videos below by Supervisor of Marketing Missi Wilson from outside Notre-Dame de Paris as well as inside during Mass one Sunday:
Our thoughts are with the people of France.
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