Notre Dame Cathedral

Visited the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Notre Dame de Paris or Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, (‘Our Lady of Paris’ in French) is a Gothic cathedral is the famous Gothis cathedral that is located on Ile de la Cité, which is the small island in the middle of the River Seine and the historical centre of Paris where originally most of Paris was situated.

This is the WEST FRONT of the Cathedral.

The west front of the cathedral is one of its most notable features, with its two 69-meter (228-feet) tall towers. The Galerie des Chimères or Grand Gallery connects the two west towers, and is where the cathedral’s legendary gargoyles (chimères) can be found. The gargoyles are full of Gothic character but are not medieval – they were added during the 19th-century restoration.

My souvenir photo 🙂

One of the beautiful sculptures of the cathedral.

The King’s Gallery is a line of statues of the 28 Kings of Judah and Israel, which was redesigned by Viollet-le-Duc to replace the statues destroyed during the French Revolution. The revolutionaries mistakenly believed the statues to be French kings instead of biblical kings, so they decapitated them.

Entrance from the West side:

The famous cathedral is also an active Catholic church, a place of pilgrimage, and the focal point for Catholicism in France – religious events of national significance still take place here.

Gargoyles look out from the tower.

While I was taking photos of the cathedral, beside me was another photographer snapping away.  Here’s a candid shot of him. 😛

The cafe just beside Notre Dame Cathedral.

Aux Tours De Notre Dame – The towers of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral at night! 

 Notre Dame Cathedral is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. It was restored and saved from destruction by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, one of France’s most famous architects.

Location: 6 place du Parvis Notre-Dame, Île de la Cité, 4e, Paris, France                       Features: Medieval Stained Glass; Romanesque Sculpture                                 Architecture: Gothic

Remember Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame? 🙂

Photography by: Sarah May Tanhuanco


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