Waiting 100 years is already very long... Waiting 107 years seems like an eternity! But then why do we say we wait 107 years? That's what we'll see through this article...
Wait 107 years: The origins of this expression
It would seem that the construction of one of our monuments favourites,did take 107 years. This French monument at the origin of this expression is located on the island of Cité in Paris, well known for its gargoyles and its role in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
So you guessed what monument it is?
This French monument, which lasted 107 years, is our magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Indeed, construction at the initiative of Maurice de Sully would have started in 1,163 and ended in 1,270, 107 years later.
The idea with Notre Dame was to design a large and imposing cathedral that could accommodate the growing number of faithful within the capital
. The population of Paris had doubled by the end of the 13th century, which made the number of people in the churches very important.
All the specialists agree that the work was long, very long... The laborious construction of the cathedral greatly irritated Parisians at the time.The term wait 107 years therefore refers to a period of time that seems extremely long to us and which annoys us moreover.
That is why this term has entered the common language and is still used today.