Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 2nd Ed. Part 9; Section 4; #23

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The claim of the “other commentators” (line 6)

The claim of the “other commentators” (line 6) suggests that they believe which of the following about Notre-Dame? Nineteenth-century architect Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc contended that Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral, built primarily in the late twelfth century, was supported from the very beginning by a system of flying buttresses - a series of exterior arches (flyers) and their supports (huttresses) - which permitted the construction of taller vaulted buildings with slimmer walls and interior supports than had been possible previously. Other commentators insist, however, that Notre-Dame did not have flying buttresses until the thirteenth or fourteenth century, when they wre added to update the building aesthetically and correct its structural flaws. Although post-twelfth-century modifications and renovations complicate efforts to resolve this controversy - all pre-fifteenth-century flyers have been replaced, and the buttresses. It is clear, now that nineteenth-century paint and plaster have been removed, that the nave's lower buttresses date from the twelfth century. Moreover, the choir's lower flyers have chevron (zigzag) decoration. Chevron decoration, which was characteristic of the second half of the twelfth century and was out of favor by the fourteenth century, is entirely absent from modifications to the building that can be dated with confidence to the thirteenth century. It was the inspiration for many vaulted cathedrals built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries., Its design flaws were not apparent until flying buttresses were added in the thirteenth or fourteenth century., Its flying buttresses are embellished with decoration characteristic of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries., It had been modified in some respects before flying buttresses were added in the thirteenth or fourteenth century., It was originally constructed in an architectural style that was considered outmoded by the thirteenth or fourteenth century.

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