Notre Dame De Paris
by Zsolt Aradi
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Paris belongs to the same class of churches as the Cathedral of Chartres and was built in the same period. Its construction started in 1163, but its origins go back to the seventh century and even before the Christian era. As in the case of the Cathedral of Chartres, the entire history of Western civilization is embodied in the history of Notre Dame de Paris. Human and spiritual events left their indelible marks on its walls. Though Chartres is more important and though Notre Dame de Paris is by no means unique among the great cathedrals of France, it has always been in the limelight of the greatest events, is intrinsically linked in the minds of the civilized world with Christian France and with Paris.
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