I love France #16: Notre-Dame de Paris


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Glad to be back with this meme, and for a while it will be mostly related to my trip to France, and first about Paris.

A few words today about Notre-Dame, taken from wikipedia, illustrated with my own pictures:

Notre Dame de Paris (IPA: [nɔtʁ dam də paʁi]; French for Our Lady of Paris), also known as Notre Dame Cathedral or simply Notre Dame,[2] is a Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris: that is, it is the church that contains the cathedra (official chair) of the Archbishop of Paris, currently André Vingt-Trois. The cathedral treasury houses a reliquary with the purported Crown of Thorns.

Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe, and the naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture. The first period of construction from 1163 into 1240s coincided with the musical experiments of the Notre Dame school.

The cathedral suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution in the 1790s, when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. An extensive restoration supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc removed remaining decoration, returning the cathedral to an ‘original’ gothic state.



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4 thoughts on “I love France #16: Notre-Dame de Paris

  1. Ooh, very nice photos. The last one’s my favorite. Such an old building surrounded by a bit of modern life.

    I’ve been there a couple of times. I spent summer of 2000 taking classes in Paris so got to do a lot of exploring. A couple of us decided to go to mass there one week. Didn’t understand a thing but it was an amazing experience. Topped off by rooster on the metro on the way there.


  2. I have visited Notre Dame and read Hugo’s books. It’s such an amazing building! I think the flying buttress design in the back of the building is my favorite element. It sets it apart from any other cathedral that I can think of. I hope you also went to the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore which is located right by the cathedral!


    • Architecturally speaking, yes it is amazing, unfortunately it has been turned too much into a source of business – so many machines IN the cathedral, in the side chapels to buy medals and the like. I could easily picture Jesus flogging them out…

      YES, I did go to Shakespeare and Co. that will be for another “I love France” issue!


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