The Cathedral of Notre Dame,
which Victor Hugo saved from destruction,
burned!
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Construction began on the cathedral in the late 12th century, and the structure was badly damaged during the French Revolution. French writer Victor Hugo popularized the cathedral in his 1830s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which helped make the landmark famous and galvanized the public to undergo a major restoration project in the mid-1800s.

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Notre Dame fire
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