How Victor Hugo Changed the History of Notre Dame

How Victor Hugo Changed the History of Notre Dame

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The service of religion once assured and provided for, architecture does what she pleases. Statues, stained glass, rose windows, arabesques, denticulations, capitals, bas-reliefs,—she combines all these imaginings according to the arrangement which best suits her. Hence, the prodigious exterior variety of these edifices, at whose foundation dwells so much order and unity. The trunk of a tree is immovable; the foliage is capricious. This quote is from Victor’s Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame, describing the marvel of French Gothic architecture: Notre Dame cathedral. Victor Hugo’s masterpiece left a huge mark on Notre Dame’s history, and today we mourn together. Construction on Notre Dame …