Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris
"Our Lady of Paris" is among the largest and most well-known churches in France and around the world. The medieval church is considered to be a prime example of French Gothic architecture and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Notre-Dame is known for its religious significance and is home to what are believed to be some of Catholicism's most venerable relics including a piece of Jesus' crown of thorns and a part of his cross. The cathedral is also known for its architectural importance from its groundbreaking flying buttresses (the church was among the first buildings in the world to have them) to its three great rose windows which still have their 13th-century stained glass.
The cathedral also earned literary (and later Walt Disney) status after the publication of Victor Hugo's novel, "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," in 1831.