Notre-Dame de Paris

Movie Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2001)
It is to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris that little Amélie Poulain is taken by her mother regularly in the hope that "heaven would send her a little brother".
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And then one day, it’s a tragedy. Like every year, Amandine Fouet takes her daughter to Notre-Dame so that Heaven will send her a little brother. The divine answer comes three minutes later. Alas, it is not a newborn baby that falls from the sky but a Quebec tourist, Marguerite Bouchard, determined to end her life. Amandine Poulain, née Fouet, died instantly.

The narrator (André Dussolier)

In the film’s lengthy introduction to the main characters, Amandine Poulain (Lorella Cravotta) takes her daughter Amélie (Flora Guiet) to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris every year to pray for a baby brother.

If the candle is lit, the divine wish is not fulfilled; worse, his mother dies when a Quebec tourist falls to her death on the square in front of Notre-Dame.

31 135 948

The film achieved a great performance as it was viewed by 31,135,948 viewers worldwide.

In 1974, Jean-Pierre Jeunet started collecting objects that would be used for Amélie’s souvenirs.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

A place of worship that has become a cult, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is located in the 4th arrondissement of the French capital.

Everything is excessive in the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Its construction lasted 182 years (1163-1345), which explains its particular architecture. Its ancient framework, now destroyed, was nicknamed “the forest” because it represented 21 hectares of oak trees. It was one of the largest cathedrals in the West when it was inaugurated, with a capacity of 9,000 seats.

Today, it is the pride of the city and attracts many tourists. There are 30,000 tourists every day!

However, the building was threatened during the French Revolution: the kings of its portal were beheaded, the church was plundered, became a temple and was even used as a warehouse. It was even considered to be razed.

But Victor Hugo’s novel, published in 1831, changes everything. The book was a huge popular success and triggered an awareness. Under the direction of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris was given a new lease on life and was adorned with its most beautiful finery as we know it today.

Since 1924, its square has been the reference point for calculating the distances of all roads in France.

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is a pop culture icon. It is found in many works of fiction: in films (Is Paris Burning?), in series (Perception), in music (Belles of Paris by the Beach Boys), in comic books (The Amazing Spider-Man) or in novels (Vango by Timothée de Fombelle).

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