St. Stephen's Cathedral in Paris - Romanesque architecture in France
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Before Notre Dame

Notre Dame
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

In the time of the Romans, about 100 AD, the city council of Paris had built a temple to Jupiter on the island in the middle of the city, right where the cathedral of Notre Dame stands today.

When everyone in Paris decided (or were forced) to become Christians, about 400 AD, they didn't need the old temple anymore, and instead the Merovingian king Childebert built a "magnificent church" (according to Gregory of Tours) in 528 AD. Childebert's church was dedicated to Saint Stephen. Not much is left of this church, though, because the bishop Maurice de Sully had it torn down in 1160 to build the new church of Notre Dame, which is still there today.

Learn by doing: watch a building being torn down
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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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