Full text: Beauties of continental architecture

This celebrated Cathedral, the oldest religious edifice in Paris, is generally 
supposed to have been founded in 1010, by Robert the Devout, son of Hugh 
Capet, on the site of an old church, built about 522, under the reign of 
Childebert I. which was itself erected on the ruins of a temple dedicated to 
Jupiter, Castor and Pollux, built under the reign of Tiberius, as appears from 
some curious stones dug up in 1711, in the Choir of Notre Dame. The present 
building was continued under successive bishops and not completed till after 
the lapse of three centuries. 
The interior of this noble edifice corresponded with the simple grandeur 
of its general appearance. Being the Cathedral of Paris, it was a favorite 
object of the munificence of the Kings, as well as of the corporation and fraternities 
of that city. 
Though most of the numerous relics disappeared at the revolution, the 
Choir is still magnificent. The modern ornaments, by the Decottes, finished in 
1714, are very splendid. The Stalls on each side of the Choir, especially the 
two appropriated to the Archbishop, and adorned with some of the finest paintings 
of the French school, are of exquisite workmanship. In the sanctuary were the 
regalia of Charlemagne, and the splendid robes made for the clergy at the 
coronation of Napoleon, which continued to be worn on grand occasions after 
the Restoration. 
The Vignettes represent two of the numerous Fountains with which Paris 
is adorned.

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