Notre Dame Cathedral was at the forefront of the issues that were on the agenda of the whole world in 2019. Because the cathedral, which has an 850-year history and is important not only for the Christian world but also for the world cultural heritage, was turned into ashes in a fire. Stunning information has been obtained about Notre Dame Cathedral, where restoration works are currently carried out.
Researches on Notre Dame Cathedral, which was started to be built in 1163 and opened in 1345, revealed that technologies beyond its age were included in this cathedral. With a height of 32 meters, the building was known as the tallest cathedral of its time, and the latest news reveals that the architects of that period made this possible by using huge iron staples.
Investigations by archaeologists revealed that there were iron supports in this cathedral dating back to the 1160s. These irons, which look like a stapler, were used to hold the stones forming the walls together. This discovery provided the Notre Dame Cathedral with another new feature. Archaeologists began to describe the building as "the first known Gothic cathedral where iron was used as a suitable building material to bind stones."
What's even more interesting about the discovery is that the staples were maintained throughout the 180 years that construction continued. Experts say that 2 or 3 architects who worked on the construction of the cathedral passed on the idea of \u200b\u200busing staples to each other. However, the iron and applications used over the years seem to have changed. According to archaeologists, these differences are very possible in terms of the conditions of the period.
According to archaeologists, the architects working at Notre Dame Cathedral provided the support of the building with these irons, just like in the construction industry today. Thanks to the iron staples, there was no need to use columns in many parts of the building.
The discovery was also important regarding the iron trade in those years. Because according to the earliest known documents, the iron trade was included in various tax rules in the 12th and 13th centuries. Analysis of the irons used in Notre Dame Cathedral revealed that these irons were brought from different places and fixed by welding. Archaeologists think that with the studies to be carried out, it will be possible to understand how these works were carried out in those years.
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