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Notre Dame de Paris
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Notre Dame de Paris  Cathedral, is a Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in Paris.

It is the cathedral of the Catholic archdiocese of Paris and is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe.

Its sculptures and stained glass show the heavy influence of naturalism. Notre Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress (arched exterior supports). The building was not originally designed to include the flying buttresses around the choir and nave. After the construction began and the thinner walls (popularized in the Gothic style) grew ever higher, stress fractures began to occur as the walls pushed outward. In response, the cathedral's architects built supports around the outside walls, and later additions continued the pattern.

The cathedral suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution in the 1790s, when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. During the 19th century, an extensive restoration project was completed, returning the cathedral to its previous state.

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