5 Interesting Things You May Not Have Known About Notre Dame

5 Interesting Things You May Not Have Known About Notre Dame

Suruchi Patwary

As we now pause to appreciate and pray for this religious and architectural masterpiece of Paris, here are five facts about it that many people don’t know about. Read on to find out.

1. The Roof Of Notre Dame Has A ‘Forest’.

Notre Dame By Wangkun Jia | www.shutterstock.com
Notre Dame By Wangkun Jia | www.shutterstock.com

The oldest surviving wood timber frames in Paris can be found at this cathedral. It involves as many as 52 acres of cut down trees from the 12th century. Also, every beam is actually made from an individual tree. And for these reasons, the historic and unique woodwork is called ‘The Forest’.

2. It Houses The Holy Crown.

Notre Dame By Samot | www.shutterstock.com
Notre Dame By Samot | www.shutterstock.com

Notre Dame has treasures that cannot be priced! These treasures include the Holy Crown that was worn by the Christ, a nail and a piece of the Cross too. If you do wish to see it for yourself, make sure you check when they allow the public to visit the Holy Relics. Usually, it is every first Friday of the month, Lent and Good Fridays!

3. There’s A Pagan City Below It.

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Notre Dame By givaga | www.shutterstock.com

The place where Notre Dame stands today was actually a Gallo-Roman city known as Lutetia. During an excavation that was carried out, 1710 chunks of a sculpted altar were discovered. The altar was actually dedicated to Jupiter and more deities. And that’s not it, many more architectural ruins were discovered between the 1960s and 70s just beneath the square in front of this structure. These ruins, too, dated back to the same ancient era.

4. Notre Dame Organ Is The Largest In The Country.

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The organ at Notre Dame has as many as 8000 pipes that are played with five keyboards. Some of these pipes date back to as early as the 18th century too! Although it is believed to be the largest organ in France, some people claim that Saint Eustache has a larger one.

5. Every Road Will Lead You To Notre Dame.

Point Zero- The Center Of Paris By Janusz Pienkowski | www.shutterstock.com
Point Zero- The Center Of Paris By Janusz Pienkowski | www.shutterstock.com

When you visit Notre Dame, you’ll find an eight-pointed bronze star beautifully embedded in the cobblestones on the square in front of the church. The words Point zéro des routes de France (Point zero of French roads) are engraved in it. It means that all distances to and from Paris are actually measured from that spot.

How many of these lesser-known facts did you already know about? Let us know in the comments below.

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