Panoramic of Notre Dame at sunset, Paris

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Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

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While its interior is closed off to visitors following the devastating fire of April 2019, this masterpiece of French Gothic architecture remains the city’s geographic and spiritual heart. Its grand exterior, with its two enduring towers and flying buttresses, is rightly still an alluring attraction to countless visitors.

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