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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:26 PM

Notre Dame's Bells Have Tolled For Coronations, Requiems & Liberations Through History, France24



France24, April 16, Ed.- The bells of Notre-Dame have tolled through centuries of French history, marking epic moments since medieval times. The iconic structure has been damaged, neglected, restored and celebrated in life and art. Located in the heart of the French capital on the Ile de la Cité, a natural island in the River Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and an emblem of the nation.

Construction of the cathedral began in 1163 and its two iconic bell towers were finished around 1245. But the building was not completed until the beginning of the 14th century. Notre-Dame through the ages: A spire originally installed around 1250 was taken down five centuries later. At the end of the 19th century, the architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, a tireless defender of France's medieval monuments, rebuilt the spire, sparking a chorus of criticism from residents and tourists alike. It was this spire which collapsed to gasps of disbelief from horrified onlookers on Monday.

The history of Notre-Dame in many ways mirrors that of Europe and the cathedral has been the site of landmark moments in the continent’s history. In 1239, King Louis IX- later cannonised Saint Louis - placed the famous “Crown of Thorns” in Notre-Dame. The relic, believed to be Christ’s 'Crown of Thorns', was gifted to the French king by Baldwin II, Latin Emperor of Constantinople. It stayed in Sainte-Chapelle until the French Revolution and was moved back to Notre-Dame after 1801. The reed and gold relic survived Monday’s blaze, according to Notre-Dame's top administrative cleric.



Francis II of France and Mary Queen of Scots

During the medieval period, the cathedral was the site of several royal marriages and requiems, including the marriage of Mary Queen of Scots and the French crown prince Francis, who later became King Francis II. The French Revolution sparked a desecration of the church, when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. It however remained a central site in French religious and political life. It was in Notre-Dame that Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself emperor of France...Read More.

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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:43 PM

1. "Notre Dame Through The Ages," France24



(2 mins.) More on France's world treasure, Our Lady of Paris.

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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:33 PM

2. 'SANCTUARY!' "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" Classic Movie



(4 mins.). MOVIE Scene. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," (1939) starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and Irish-born Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda. In 15th century medieval France, the gypsy girl beauty, Esmeralda is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bell ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031455/

Victor Hugo's 1831 book spread Notre-Dame’s magic, the most memorable milestone in Notre-Dame’s legacy did not take place in the cathedral nor was it a real event. It was conceived at a Parisian writing desk, when Victor Hugo brought the cathedral alive in his romantic gothic novel, "Notre-Dame de Paris", giving it a personality on par with the novel's heroes, the hunchback Quasimodo and the gypsy beauty Esmeralda.

At a time when the church was facing the prospect of demolition because of its shocking state of disrepair, Hugo’s novel worked as a rallying cry to action for the nation, which began efforts to safeguard the structure. The story has since been the subject of films, cartoons and children’s books, spreading the fame of this French medieval religious site to distant corners of the world, where children unfamiliar with Paris have discovered the magic of the gargoyles, beams, bell towers and columns of the edifice.
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>"Book Sales For ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ Soar In France After Cathedral Fire," Huff Post, April 16. The classic novel shot to the top of Amazon France’s bestseller list after a massive blaze overtook the famed Paris church.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/victor-hugo-hunchback-of-notre-dame-fire-paris_n_5cb5f38ee4b082aab08cf3cd



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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 06:58 AM

5. Well, if she was a witch, she should'a been hanged.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:35 PM

3. What do you bet that they will ring the bells on Easter Sunday?

I think Paris would go crazy!

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 10:15 PM

4. Magnifique!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 08:22 AM

6. Looking forward to seeing "Is Paris Burning?" again.

The end of the movie features a memorable sequence with the bells of Notre Dame.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 01:41 PM

7. I always heard of it, will have to watch sometime.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 02:52 PM

8. True story of how close Paris came to going up in flames, per Hitler's orders. (nt)

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