The Notre Dame Cathedral fire is destroying centuries’ worth of history

The world is mourning the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral for good reason.

The medieval Catholic cathedral that has stood for more than 850 years — and took more than 200 years to complete — is the most-visited monument in Paris. Some 13 million people a year (or about 30,000 a day) explore the Gothic landmark where Napoleon was coronated emperor, or climb the 387 winding steps up the two belfry towers for a breathtaking view of the city, perched amid Notre Dame’s legendary bells and stone gargoyles and chimera.

Its lattice wood-timber frame was created with 1,300 oaks from 21 hectacres of forest, with each beam coming from a different tree, many which were 300 to 400 years old.

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