25 Amazing Facts About Notre Dame Cathedral

Today we present a honorary list of 25 Amazing Facts About Notre Dame Cathedral. The bells all over France toll in solidarity with Notre Dame. One of the world’s most iconic monuments is not the same anymore.

The flames of the catastrophic fire, demolished several parts of the beautiful cathedral. But the good news is that many of its most important treasures were saved. The imposing bell towers and its gorgeous rose windows remain intact.

Local authorities in France plan to investigate and find the causes behind this tragedy. They also announced that they are going to rebuild the cathedral and repair everything the flames destroyed. They say what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger and this could be true for Notre Dame.

So, regardless of your position on organized religion, here follow
25 Amazing Facts About Notre Dame Cathedral that will totally fascinate you.

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Victor Hugo's "contributions"


In 1831, Victor Hugo published his novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The book did extremely well in France and led to a major reconstruction of Notre Dame between 1844 and 1864.

During that restoration, the French added the cathedral’s iconic spire. Unfortunately, the spire collapsed in the recent massive fire. 


The cathedral has an impressive size


Notre Dame’s size is truly impressive. To get an idea of what we’re talking about, keep in mind that the twin towers go as high as 69 meters (387 steps). The south tower’s home to the vast Emmanuel bell.



1,300 trees were chopped down for its roof


The French chopped down not one, not two, but 1,300 huge trees to construct the cathedral’s roof between 1160 and 1170. Experts suggest that there are not so many tall trees in France today.

To put it simply, the new roof of the cathedral probably won’t look the same with the original.


A temple of Zeus lies below Notre Dame


Beneath Notre Dame lies an ancient Gallo-Roman city known as Lutetia (52 BC). During an excavation under the choir, workers found chunks of a sculpted shrine dedicated to Zeus

Archaeologists found more ancient ruins there during the 1960s and 1970s, which verified their original speculations. 


It follows the golden ratio


There’s another link between Notre Dame and classical antiquity. The cathedral’s dimensions follow the golden ratio, which represents perfection in architecture and art.

The ancient Greeks were the first to design and build a temple – the Parthenon – following the golden ratio (1:1.61). 

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