Vandalization by the huguenots

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The last time, it was calvinists who vandalized Notre Dame

The French Religion Wars were a 36-year period of conflict between Roman Catholics and Huguenots (Reformed/Calvinists Protestants), from 1562 to 1598.

Supposedly, in 1548, during the war, huguenots vandalized the Notre Dame Cathedral in an effort to rid it of idols and images of worship. It is a well documented event in newspaper articles, like the ones below:

Notre-Dame fire: Eight centuries of turbulent history, by the BBC

When Renovating Notre Dame Cathedral, France Should Eschew The Cute, Forbes Magazine

Notre Dame Cathedral Is Crumbling. Who Will Help Save It?, by Time Magazine

Ten Minute History - The French Wars of Religion (Short Documentary)
French Wars of Religion

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Published in 25/04/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

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