Notre Dame de Paris (Hardcover)

A Celebration of the Cathedral

By Kathy Borrus

Black Dog & Leventhal, 9780762497119, 128pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

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Description

On April 16, 2019, the world looked on in horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral was nearly destroyed in a devastating fire. Notre Dame de Paris: A Celebration of the Cathedral offers a fascinating look back at nearly nine centuries of this landmark building that has stood as silent witness to some of the most important events in human history.

On April 16, 2019, five days before the celebration of Easter, a blazing fire engulfed the world famous Notre-Dame de Paris. A marvel of Gothic architecture, construction on the Notre Dame Cathedral was begun in 1160 and completed in 1345. For almost nine centuries it has served as a house of worship and refuge; a stalwart soldier that has survived wars and revolutions, and hosted weddings, coronations, and funerals for kings and queens, presidents, and political dignitaries. The cathedral has also offered solace and sanctuary to tourists, locals, and one very famous fictional hunchback. It's this rich mixture of social history and human ingenuity that makes the Notre Dame, in the words of one art scholar, "one of the great monuments to the best of civilization."

Wounded but still standing, the world now watches as France rebuilds. Notre Dame de Paris: A Celebration of the Cathedral will detail the impressive architecture of the building, the priceless artifacts it contains, and the major historical events that have taken place in its presence. It will also show, through film stills and artwork reproductions, the ways in which the Notre Dame has permeated our popular culture. Coupled with informative text for each image, Notre Dame is the definitive book on the history of this landmark building.



About the Author

Kathy Borrus is an author and freelance writer based in Washington, DC. She is the author of multiple books including Five Hundred Buildings of Paris and One Thousand Buildings of Paris. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Washington Flyer, Art Business News, Bethesda Magazine, and FranceGuide among others. Before becoming a writer, Kathy was a senior buyer and merchandise manager for the Smithsonian Institution Museum Stores and traveled the globe in search of crafts to buy and sources to develop.