Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris, France
Notre-Dame Cathedral, or Notre-Dame de Paris, was seriously damaged in a fire on April 2019. Nevertheless, it remains an outstanding monument of Gothic architecture. Royal weddings, elegant funeral ceremonies, and even Imperial coronations were often held in this Catholic cathedral, built in the XII-XIV centuries.
About 14 million tourists annually came on the island of Cité in the center of Paris attracted not only by sacred relics, picturesque stained glass windows, and terrible gargoyles of Notre-Dame but also by numerous legends.
It was Victor Hugo who made it one of the most world-famous cathedrals having written his prominent novel. Subsequently, many theatrical and film adaptations were based on it.