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Cathedral Notre-Dame of Rouen: 151 meters. Like most Norman Gothic buildings, the cathedral has a lantern tower on the crossing of the transept. The wooden arrow covered with lead that was crowned was destroyed by a fire in 1822. It was rebuilt and inaugurated in 1876. The cathedral is the highest in France and from 1876, it was also the highest in the world but it was dethroned in 1880 by the cathedral of Cologne which measures 157 meters. It remains however the second highest cathedral of the world.