Notre-Dame de Paris has never before suffered anything quite as devastating as last week's fire, but the building has taken its lumps over many centuries.
Finished in 1345, the cathedral made it a few hundred years before the Huguenots in 1548. The Huguenots were French Protestants who weren't crazy about all that Catholic Roman Popery. To their eyes, all the art and statues screamed "idolatry," so they broke in and destroyed some pieces in the church.
Then in the 1600s, ol' Louis XIV, the Sun King himself, replaced the structure's stained glass with plain glass, and destroyed a pillar so carriages could fit through the doorway. But these initial brushes with disaster were mere flirtations. It was the French Revolutionaries who really courted destruction.
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The Revolutionaries also hated the Catholic Church, so they rededicated Notre-Dame to their Cult of Reason, branding it a "Temple of Reason." (Side note: "The Hunchback of the Temple of Reason" is what you should all name your next Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.) Temples of Reason don't need many Catholic items, so they destroyed statues and melted down what they could for use in various wars. But also keep in mind the church did not look like it does now. Acid rain had worn down the stone masonry, and the gargoyles were little more than nubs. In addition to that deterioration, years of wind damage had left the spire teetering on the edge of collapse, so they just yanked it down.
Bayard, Hippolyte/Wikimedia CommonsMeaning spireless old photos like this aren't just the work of some kind of steam-driven Photoshop, rad though that would be.