Dec 3, 2010 – Gargoyles on the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France – David Barnes / age fotostock
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Notre Dame is a term referring to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In French place names, Notre-Dame is always hyphenated, as is a longer epithet of Our Lady (e.g. Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel). In church names with Notre-Dame followed by a place name, the remainder of the name is not hyphenated, if the place is where the church is located (e.g. Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica); however, it is hyphenated if the place is not where the church is located, but rather an epithet of Our Lady (e.g. Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, a church not in Lourdes, but name for Our Lady of Lourdes).