March 1, 2011
Notre Dame, Paris
Photograph by Stephen Alvarez, National Geographic
This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features
Sparks fly from a performance in front of Notre Dame, on the île de la Cité. Some of the 12th-century cathedral's limestone blocks came from quarries on the Left Bank. "The history of the quarries is a history of the city," says archaeologist Marc Viré.
See more photographs from the February 2011 feature story "Under Paris."