Notre Dame de Paris is part of the Paris skyline.The world watched in disbelief April 15 as Notre Dame de Paris burned, the cathedral standing since completion in the 13th century. The historic spire and the roof were destroyed but fortunately none of the coveted artifacts were damaged. This is not the first time the building
succumbed to fire, the present edifice replaced an earlier church and again between 1230 and 1240. As the building burned many feared the priceless irreplaceable artifacts it housed were also in danger. Miraculously non of the art was damaged. The architecture of Notre Dame, including the famous gargoyles that ward off evil spirits, attracts tourists from around the world every year. At the time of the fire the building was undergoing renovations and approximately 16 religious statues had been removed for cleaning.
I remember studying about Notre Dame de Paris in my college Art History class, studying its art and architecture.
This is also the setting of the famous story of the 'Hunchback of Notre Dame', the novel written in 1831 by Victor Hugo.
Visiting Paris is something I've always wanted to do. As an art buff, I have so many things on my bucket list I'd like to see including this location. At this posting the cause of the fire had not yet been determined and will reportedly take 5 to 6 years to restore.