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During the 17th and 18th centuries, Notre-Dame was the very place to celebrate royal grandeur: some more victories, funeral services, etc. But gothic style was no longer appreciated and the canons did not hesitate to have the stained glass pulled down and replaced by clear glass that let more light inside. In order to complete his father's vow, Louis XIV had the choir redecorated in baroque style. The Revolution had a Te Deum sung in Notre-Dame after the people had stormed the Bastille, but in 1793 the revolutionaries destroyed the statues which are on each side of the doors and those of the gallery of Kings, and transformed the cathedral into a temple to Reason.

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