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These Historic Photos Of Notre Dame Cathedral Show Its Eventful Past

The Saint-Michel bridge, the Hôtel-Dieu, and the Notre-Dame cathedral before 1857.
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The Saint-Michel bridge, the Hôtel-Dieu, and the Notre-Dame cathedral before 1857.

Interior of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame as drawn by Thomas Allom from France Illustrated, 1845.
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Interior of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame as drawn by Thomas Allom from France Illustrated, 1845.

Notre-Dame Cathedral, France, late 19th or early 20th century. The Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris was begun in the 12th century. The western facade was built between c1200 and 1225.
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Notre-Dame Cathedral, France, late 19th or early 20th century. The Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris was begun in the 12th century. The western facade was built between c1200 and 1225.

The Rose window at the Cathedral.
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The Rose window at the Cathedral.

The exterior of the cathedral is adorned with sculptures illustrating biblical stories, known as the "poor people's book," as, historically, the majority of parishioners could not read. Left: Christian martyr Saint Denis holding his head; Right: Statue of Saint Veronique holding the shroud of Christ
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The exterior of the cathedral is adorned with sculptures illustrating biblical stories, known as the “poor people’s book,” as, historically, the majority of parishioners could not read. Left: Christian martyr Saint Denis holding his head; Right: Statue of Saint Veronique holding the shroud of Christ

Joséphine kneels before Napoléon I during his coronation at Notre Dame.
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Joséphine kneels before Napoléon I during his coronation at Notre Dame.

The emperor arriving at Notre-Dame from "Book of the Coronation" by Percier and Fontaine.
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The emperor arriving at Notre-Dame from “Book of the Coronation” by Percier and Fontaine.

American Anti-Aircraft gun positioned close to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame during the Liberation of Paris, 1945.
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American Anti-Aircraft gun positioned close to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame during the Liberation of Paris, 1945.

U.S. soldiers fill the pews of Notre Dame Cathedral during the GI memorial service for US President Roosevelt on April 16, 1945.
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U.S. soldiers fill the pews of Notre Dame Cathedral during the GI memorial service for US President Roosevelt on April 16, 1945.

A photo taken circa Aug. 23, 1944 during World War II shows a flaming vehicle close to the Pont Saint-Michel and Notre Dame Cathedral Notre-Dame as part of the "Battle of Paris" opposing the French Forces of the Interior and remaining Nazi forces, a few days before the Liberation of Paris on Aug. 25, 1944.
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A photo taken circa Aug. 23, 1944 during World War II shows a flaming vehicle close to the Pont Saint-Michel and Notre Dame Cathedral Notre-Dame as part of the “Battle of Paris” opposing the French Forces of the Interior and remaining Nazi forces, a few days before the Liberation of Paris on Aug. 25, 1944.

Philippe Petit, a 21-year-old professional tightrope walker, perches 225 feet above the ground, between the two towers of Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, on June 26, 1971, during a stunt which lasted several hours, with police unable to bring him down.
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Philippe Petit, a 21-year-old professional tightrope walker, perches 225 feet above the ground, between the two towers of Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, on June 26, 1971, during a stunt which lasted several hours, with police unable to bring him down.

A model poses in front of the Catherdral of Notre Dame.
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A model poses in front of the Catherdral of Notre Dame.

A gargoyle on top of the Notre Dame Cathedral in July 1980.
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A gargoyle on top of the Notre Dame Cathedral in July 1980.

Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral with a general view of the Seine river and its surroundings, June 26, 2018.
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Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral with a general view of the Seine river and its surroundings, June 26, 2018.

A monument light and sound show, named "Dame de Coeur" by stage director Bruno Seillier, is projected on the facade of the Notre Dame Cathedral in October 2018.
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A monument light and sound show, named “Dame de Coeur” by stage director Bruno Seillier, is projected on the facade of the Notre Dame Cathedral in October 2018.

A photo taken on June 28, 2017 shows the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, as the monument needs a huge restoration.
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A photo taken on June 28, 2017 shows the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, as the monument needs a huge restoration.

A France supporter holds a French flag in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, prior to the start of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia, in Paris on July 15, 2018.
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A France supporter holds a French flag in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, prior to the start of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia, in Paris on July 15, 2018.

Snow blankets the bank of the River Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
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Snow blankets the bank of the River Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Tourists take in the view from the Notre-Dame Cathedral in October 2018.
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Tourists take in the view from the Notre-Dame Cathedral in October 2018.

A statue of Saint John is removed from the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral by a crane before restoration work on April 11, 2019.
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A statue of Saint John is removed from the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral by a crane before restoration work on April 11, 2019.

A man watches the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral, engulfed in flames, in central Paris on April 15, 2019.
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A man watches the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral, engulfed in flames, in central Paris on April 15, 2019.

Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral on the evening of April 15, 2019.
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Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral on the evening of April 15, 2019.

CORRECTION

A drawing of a fire at Chartres Cathedral was misidentified as Notre Dame Cathedral in an earlier version of this post; that image has been removed. An image from artists Percier and Fontaine that was misidentified as portraying Notre Dame has been replaced.

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