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FSU professor reacts to Notre Dame fire

13 million people visit the cathedral each year
Posted at 6:40 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 18:40:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If you're wondering why the Notre Dame is so historic, you're not alone.

Here's a quick history lesson.

Teams started building it in 1163 under King Louis VII, but didn't finish until 200 years later in 1345.

The cathedral sits on a small island on the River Seine.

It was damaged during the French revolution in the 1790s, but in the early 1800s.

An author named Victor Hugo wrote a book called The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

It helped spark interest in the cathedral and inspired a major renovation in the 1840s.

A Florida State University professor shared with us what the cathedral burning means for various communities throughout the world.

"It is a moment of unity, certainly, for Christians who pray for Catholics particularly, but it also a moment of unity for the French nation," said Francois Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles, an FSU professor.

An estimated 13 million people visit the cathedral each year.