Title with "Paris Photographique / Blanquart Evrard, Editeur / Imprimerie Photographique Blanquart Evrard á Lille" printed on mount.
At the eastern end of the Ile de la Cite is the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, perhaps the most famous of the French Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages. It was built on the ruins of two earlier churches, themselves preceded by a Gallo-Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter. Maurice de Sully, bishop of Paris, conceived the idea of converting the ruins of the two earlier basilicas into a single building around 1160. The foundation stone was laid by Pope Alexander III in 1163. Victor Hugo's 1831 Gothic novel The Huncback of Notre Dame drew attention to the cathedral, influencing Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, the architect who began an elaborate restoration of the cathedral in 1843.
This apse-side view of Notre-Dame may have inspired Charles Meryon's classic 1854 etching and dry point.