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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.

In pictures: Syria's Qalb Lozeh 5th century church that influenced France's Notre-Dame architecture
An aerial view shows the 5th century basilica in Syria's Qalb Lozeh village in the northwestern Idlib province.
In pictures: Syria's Qalb Lozeh 5th century church that influenced France's Notre-Dame architecture
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.
In pictures: Syria's Qalb Lozeh 5th century church that influenced France's Notre-Dame architecture
An adorned arc at the 5th century basilica in Syria's Qalb Lozeh village in the northwestern Idlib province.
In pictures: Syria's Qalb Lozeh 5th century church that influenced France's Notre-Dame architecture
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.
In pictures: Syria's Qalb Lozeh 5th century church that influenced France's Notre-Dame architecture
The ancient lime-stone cathedral is the architectural forerunner of France's famed Notre Dame cathedral.
In pictures: Syria's Qalb Lozeh 5th century church that influenced France's Notre-Dame architecture
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.
In pictures: Syria's Qalb Lozeh 5th century church that influenced France's Notre-Dame architecture
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.