Notre-Dame: Why is the cathedral so important to so many people?
It's one of France's most famous landmarks. The gothic building caught fire on Monday night. Its famous spire and roof have collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved. French President Emmanuel Macron has said the cathedral will be rebuilt. Throughout the night people gathered and sang hymns as the cathedral burned but why is Notre-Dame so important to the people of France, and to many people across the world?
It's been there a long timeThis historic building has been a massive part of Paris's history and culture. The Gothic building is more than 850 years old, construction began in 1163 and it took nearly 200 years to complete. Notre-Dame was built on a small island called the Île de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine, the river that runs through central Paris.
It's been the place of some pretty big historical eventsBritain's King Henry VI was crowned King of France in the cathedral in 1431.
French Emperor Napoleon I, also known as Napoleon Bonaparte, was a French military leader who went on to become Emperor of France. His coronation was also at the Cathedral. He's one of the most important figures in France's national history.