12 photos that show the glorious history of the 800-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral, a building that withstood multiple wars and is now burning to the ground

The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of France’s most iconic structures, is up in flames after catching fire on Monday — bringing with it a storied history that dates back hundreds of years.

The cathedral was constructed in the 12th century, with its famous spire standing since 1852. As of 8 p.m. local time, the building’s famous spire had toppled to the ground, engulfing the entire frame in flames.

Notre-Dame spokesman Andre Finot said that the entire wooden interior of the landmark would likely be destroyed.

Here’s what you need to know about the cathedral’s history.






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