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The grand Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

The Notre Dame Cathedral is possibly the other iconic structure defining Paris, next to the Eiffel Tower. Located at the small island Île de la Cité in the middle of the Seine, it is literally at the center of Paris. Notre Dame means “Our Lady” in French, and it is one of the first Gothic cathedrals in the world. Its construction began in 1163, only to be finished almost a hundred years later.
Notre Dame de Paris facade
Notre Dame de Paris

Point Zero and our matching granny socks (it was cold out the day we visited). The center of France and the site where all distances are measured.
Point Zero

The facade and view from the side– the flying buttresses support the roof.
Notre Dame de Paris, buttresses and facade

The cathedral interiors. It is ten stories high and can fit 6,000 worshippers.
Notre Dame Interiors
pilgrims at Notre Dame

During the Second World War, it was feared that the Germans would bomb the church and destroy the stained glass windows, hence they were taken down during the war.
Notre Dame South Rose window
Notre Dame de Paris

The nave (L), and one of the side aisles (R).
Notre Dame de Paris naves
Notre Dame de Paris interiors

There is no admission fee to go inside the cathedral, however it costs 8€ to go up the tower (covered by the Paris Museum Pass). It is 400 steps up, no lift. If you are fit enough to go up the stairs, you shall be rewarded with a nice view of the city from Paris’s center. Pictured, Eiffel and environs, and the Sacré Cœur on hilly Montmartre.
view from Notre Dame
view from Notre Dame

Quasimodo’s friends. The chimera / chimères, from the Galerie des Chimères are not to be confused with gargoyles. They actually function as rainspouts.
chimera
chimera

One of the more popular chimères, Stryga
Stryga

Angel watching over Paris,and another chimère
Notre Dame de Paris chimeres

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/
Metro: Cité / Hotel de Ville / St. Michel
Rue du Cloître Notre-Dame 75004 Paris

2 Comments The grand Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

  1. Teacup Moments

    you got some awesome pictures of the notre dame! don’t you agree that one of the most wonderful things about paris is going up on a tower – the eiffel, the arc, sacre couer, montparnasse and, like you, notre dame, and seeing the city and other iconic structures (and their towers) in the distance, and knowing exactly where you’re located in relation to everything else…

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