In pictures: Syria's Qalb Lozeh 5th century church that influenced France's Notre-Dame architecture

An arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: a 5th century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of France's famed Notre-Dame cathedral.
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An aerial view shows the 5th century basilica in Syria's Qalb Lozeh village in the northwestern Idlib province.
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Syrian children run in the central space of the ancient basilica which dates back to the 5th century in Syria's Qalb Lozeh village in the northwestern Idlib province.
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An adorned arc at the 5th century basilica in Syria's Qalb Lozeh village in the northwestern Idlib province.
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The abandoned church is widely hailed as Syrias finest example of Byzantine-era architecture and is considered to have inspired Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals in Europe, including the Paris landmark.
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The ancient lime-stone cathedral is the architectural forerunner of France's famed Notre Dame cathedral.
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A bird's eye view shows an ancient basilica dating back to the 5th century in Syria's Qalb Lozeh village in the northwestern Idlib province.
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Syrian boys enter from the southern side of the ancient basilica which dates back to the 5th century in Syria's Qalb Lozeh village in the northwestern Idlib province.