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10 quick facts about Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral is seen following a major fire in April 2019 (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images).
Notre Dame Cathedral is seen following a major fire in April 2019 (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images). (Getty Images)

It's been nearly two months since a fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, destroying historic architecture in a matter of hours.

Now, a regional health agency in Paris is recommending that children younger than 7 and pregnant women who live near the cathedral take a blood test because of concerns the fire that ravaged the monument also caused lead pollution.

The April 15 blaze sent tons of toxic lead from the cathedral’s burnt roof into the air, later coming to the ground as dust. The iconic towering spire fell as flames surrounded the building. Much of the cathedral burned away, leaving just a skeleton of the building.

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Many historic and valuable items and pieces of art were saved, but most of the church will have to be rebuilt.

Notre Dame is one of the most visited places in the entire world, and many people can recognize the cathedral from just a photo. If you don’t know much about Notre Dame, here are 10 things about the cathedral you might find interesting.


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