Notre-Dame went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark.
Here are five facts on the Gothic masterpiece that celebrated its 850th jubilee in 2013.
The first stone of the Notre-Dame de Paris (“Our Lady of Paris”) cathedral was laid in 1163.
The stonework and stained glass of the edifice recreate images and lessons from the Bible.
The largest bell in the tower goes by the name of “Emmanuel”.
The 387 steps up to the towers have a gallery of chimeras, mythical creatures made of more than one animal.
Victor Hugo used the cathedral as a setting for his 1831 novel, “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”.