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Notre-Dame a Gothic cathedral church in Paris, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, on the Île de la Cité (an island in the Seine). It was built between 1163 and 1250 and is especially noted for its innovatory flying buttresses and sculptured facade. The French phrase means literally ‘our lady’.


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Notre-Dame Early Gothic cathedral in Paris (1163–1250). One of the most daring constructions of its time, it has a wide nave and double ambulatory, and the w façade was imitated in many French churches.

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