The Notre Dame de Paris kicked off its yearlong 850th anniversary celebration as over 2,000 congregated to hail the historic cathedral's standing. Keeping a very fine eye on separation of church and state, the Interior Minister Manual Valls also praised the buildings artistic and cultural heritage.
Paris’s world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral opened a year of celebration of its 850th anniversary on Wednesday night with a special mass and film shows on the history of the mediaeval monument.
About 2,000 people gathered in front of the cathedral in freezing temperatures to hear Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, surrounded by about 100 priests, hail the cathedral’s standing in Paris, France and the world.
The ceremony, held next to a pyramid entitled the “Road of Jubilation”, was followed by a commemorative mass with the cathedral’s choir singing.