Notre Dame through the ages in pictures

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which erupted in fire on Monday April 15th, 2019, is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. Notre-Dame Cathedral has been at the main iconic building of the city of Paris for over 850 years. Dating back to its consecration in 1163, the building itself is a stone and stained-glass representation of Biblical stories and morals. A historical landmark, a pillar of the Arts and a centre for spirituality that is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.


Notre-Dame around 1900. - Credit Roger Viollet, via Getty Images


Bastille Day, 1970. Work on Notre-Dame began in the twelfth century. Credit Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos


Work on the cathedral did not stop once it was completed. A laborer in about 1900. Credit Imagno, via Getty Images


A view of Notre Dame in 1922. Credit Eugène Atget/Corbis, via Getty Images


An artist painting Notre Dame in an undated photograph. Credit Bettmann Archive, via Getty Images


At play in the snow in December 1938. Credit Keystone-France, via Getty Images


The Seine seen from a tower of the cathedral in 1931. Credit The Print Collector/Getty Images


Philippe Petit, the high-wire artist, between the towers in 1971. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara in the 1939 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Photograph: RKO Pictures/Allstar


Parisian women join soldiers on a British tank in front of Notre Dame in the summer of 1944, after the liberation of Paris by Allied forces during the Second World War. Photograph: Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy


A 1910 image by Léon Gimpel showing the Notre Dame’s gargoyles looking down on the mid-Lent carnival. Photograph: De Agostini/Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Getty Images


Blessing of the flag of the Paris National Guard at Notre Dame, 1789. By Pierre Gabriel Berthault, after Jean-Louis Prieur. Photograph: Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images


A film crew on the Pont Saint-Michel in the 1960s. Photograph: Paul Almasy/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images


A standup paddleboard race on the River Seine in 2015. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images


France, Marne, Reims, Aerial view of Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, Part of a video 4K, UHD