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The three mysterious legends that the Notre Dame cathedral contains


The Paris cathedral has three secrets that have accompanied it since its construction, including a locksmith who made a pact with the devil.

The Paris cathedral has two secrets that have accompanied it since its construction.

One of them refers to the existence of

a sculptor who was a hunchback

and who worked on the cathedral during some renovations.

Victor Hugo wrote the famous novel Our Lady of Paris in 1831 and, at that time, the writer saw the work of sculptors very closely.

The Cathedral as it can no longer be seen (EFE).

According to this legend,

Victor Hugo met the hunchbacked sculptor and was inspired by him to create Quasimodo

, the protagonist of the work and one of the most relevant characters in French and world literature, who Disney turned into an icon in his famous animated film of 1996, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

Did this hunchback exist?

It is a mystery, although everything seems to indicate that it is.

One of the gargoyles of the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral (AFP).

sinister sculptures

The other legend refers to

the gargoyles of Notre Dame

, those strange stone beings that watch over the entire city from the cornices of the cathedral's towers and have been the protagonists of several stories and even several movies.

The truth is that the strange half-human half-animal sculptures

have a sinister and devilish appearance.

A night image of the Cathedral (REUTERS).

The actual function of some of these sculptures is to act as

drainpipes when it rains

(the French word gargoille means throat), but many believe they represent

demons waiting for their chance to enter the church.

Throughout the building there are 54 gargoyles

of different sizes and shapes.

Notre Dame Cathedral today.

It is still closed and under reconstruction (EFE).

One of the best known legends about gargoyles goes back to when

Joan of Arc was sentenced to die at the stake


Seeing that the French citizens had murdered an innocent woman, the gargoyles awoke from their sleep in great anger and

attacked the inhabitants of the city during the night.

Some of the 54 gargoyles of Notre Dame.

According to the account, the light of dawn the next day revealed

hundreds of corpses covering the streets of the French capital.

From the top of Notre Dame Cathedral, like eternal sentinels, the gargoyles continue to keep a watchful eye on Parisians with their stone eyes.

the third mystery

The third legend about Notre Dame is that of the Devil's Gate, which tells how a young locksmith, Biscornet, who was entrusted with working on the side or Santa Ana gate, felt overwhelmed by the work entrusted to him and

asked the devil for help,

offering him his soul in exchange for a job so perfect that he would be promoted to master locksmith.

Two images of the Devil's Gate built by the locksmith Biscornet.

A job that the next day, and in an exquisite way, was already done and earned Biscornet the distinction of "Master".

In any case, the head of a devil

was visible in his work

and the locksmith's work was replaced, but legend has it that the locksmith's soul continues to roam the cathedral.

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Source: clarin

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