Our Lady of Paris: The 850-year-old medieval masterpiece that stood firm through holy wars, a revolution and Hitler... but couldn’t survive the builders | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Our Lady of Paris: The 850-year-old medieval masterpiece that stood firm through holy wars, a revolution and Hitler... but couldn’t survive the builders

Until yesterday, Notre Dame was Paris's most visited monument, with entry to the main cathedral free to its 12million annual visitors – double the number that go to the Eiffel Tower – and an active congregation of worshippers.

Today Paris, and the world, greet with horror the inestimable – and seemingly total – loss of one of the crowning glories of western achievement.

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