Notre Dame de Paris, one of the most iconic structures in the world, has always had a special place in the hearts of Americans. The medieval Gothic cathedral — with its magnificent architecture, enormous stained-glass windows and priceless artworks — is a must-see for any visitor to Paris, and Americans have embraced it as a singularly beautiful place of worship and a symbol of French civilization.

Here are a few photos that illustrate America’s enduring relationship with this most spectacular Parisian landmark.

Melania Trump and others walking through cathedral (© Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
(© Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

U.S. first lady Melania Trump, escorted by French first lady Brigitte Macron, receives a private tour of Notre Dame during a visit to Paris in July 2017.


Coffin draped with U.S. flag and people seated in cathedral (© Ralph Crane/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(© Ralph Crane/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Charles Bohlen (center), the U.S. ambassador to France, attends a requiem mass for President John F. Kennedy at Notre Dame in 1963.


Actors Van Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor sitting on bench with cathedral in background (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(© Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

American actor Van Johnson and British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor sit on a bench beside the Seine River, with Notre Dame illuminated in the background. The image is from director Richard Brooks’ 1954 film The Last Time I Saw Paris.


People beside the River Seine with Notre Dame Cathedral in background (© Thomas D. Mcavoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(© Thomas D. Mcavoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Lewis K. Gough, the American Legion commissioner, strolls with his wife on the left bank of the Seine River in 1953, with Notre Dame soaring behind them.


Richard Nixon seated with others in cathedral (© AP Images)
(© AP Images)

President Richard Nixon (right) joins heads of state and members of European royal families at the funeral of former French President Charles de Gaulle at Notre Dame on November 12, 1970.


U.S. soldiers being greeted by French women in front of Notre Dame Cathedral (© AP Images)
(© AP Images)

Parisians greet U.S. soldiers in the shadow of Notre Dame in 1944 during the liberation of Paris in World War II.


Barack Obama and family lighting candle inside cathedral with priest standing behind (© Pete Souza/The White House)
(© Pete Souza/The White House)

President Barack Obama and his family light a candle in Notre Dame on June 6, 2009.