Notes on the Geography of France: Paris 1: Gothic: Photo 30
Less than 400 meters upstream, Notre Dame stands on the site of the previous Saint-Etienne, demolished by Bishop de Sully, who wasn't about to be upstaged by Suger's church. The towers were completed in 1245, about a century after those at St. Denis and about the time of the completion of the Sainte Chapelle. Spires were never added. Damaged in the revolution, the church was in very poor condition when Victor Hugo published his famous novel of 1831. Restoration ensued, including the addition of the gallery of the kings of Judah, supposedly the ancestors of Mary, who stands above them and at the base of the rose window. The arcade at the base of the towers is also from the 19th century and helps to mask the nave gable.
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