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Learn about the history of Notre Dame in Paris with iMinds Travel's insightful fast knowledge series. The French term Notre Dame literally means 'Our Lady'. It refers specifically to the Blessed Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus in the Christian faith. 'Notre-Dame de Paris' is known as the mother church of all Parisians. Beyond Paris it is also one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. The archbishop of Paris has his seat or 'cathedra' here. Towering 35 metres high and big enough to hold six thousand people Notre-Dame Cathedral is a fine example of medieval Gothic architecture. And its site is historical. Before Notre Dame was Saint Stephen's basilica which was Paris' first Christian church. Before this the Romans had a temple dedicated to Jupiter. So Notre Dame follows a great history of religious buildings in Paris. And its own history brings it present-day fame.iMinds will tell you the story behind the place with its innovative travel series transporting the armchair traveller or getting you in the mood for discover on route to your destination. iMinds brings targeted knowledge to your eReading device with short information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

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