On April 15, 2019, the world looked on in horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral was nearly destroyed in a devastating fire. Notre Dame de Paris: A Celebration of the Cathedraloffers a fascinating look back at nearly nine centuries of this landmark building that has stood as silent witness to some of the most important events in human history.
A marvel of Gothic architecture, the cornerstone of Notre Dame Cathedral was laid in 1163, and construction was completed in 1345. For almost nine centuries it has served as a house of worship and refuge-a stalwart soldier that has survived wars and revolutions, hosted royal weddings, coronations, and funerals, and inspired Victor Hugo's literary classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame. With the cathedral wounded but still standing, the world now watches as the rebuilding process gets underway. Notre Dame de Paris: A Celebration of the Cathedralchronicles the history of this landmark building, from its impressive architecture and collection of priceless artifacts to its presence during major world historical events. Through gorgeous, striking, and sometimes rarely seen archival photographs, Notre Dame de Paris: A Celebration of the Cathedralreminds us all why this building has become an unofficial wonder of the world, lodged in the hearts and minds of people around the globe.
About the Author
Kathy Borrus is the author of multiple books including Five Hundred Buildings of Paris, One Thousand Buildings of Paris, The Fearless Shopper, and Stubby, a children's picture book. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Washington Flyer, Purpleclover.com, Fits, Starts, and Matters of the Heart, and FranceGuide among others. She lives in Washington, DC.
"[Notre Dame De Paris] has a little something for everyone whether you're a lover of art, architecture, cinematography, the literary world or history... This book makes the perfect gift for yourself or family and friends who have an appreciation for Notre Dame and the beautiful city of Paris."—The Avid Pen
"[Notre Dame de Paris] is well-researched and chronicles the various ages of the cathedral from its birth to modern times. [Kathy Borrus'] prose is aided by excellent images, including some rarely seen photographs."—Je t'aime, Me Neither