Visit Notre Dame When You are in Paris

norlaw1935 By norlaw1935, 25th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Paris is a fabulous place to visit. When you are in Paris you must visit Notre Dame. The Cathedral is beautiful and a place you will not soon forget. Be sure to take a guided tour as this is the best way to take in a visit to Notre Dame

Visit Notre Dame When You are in Paris

The Ile de la Cite is a quaint island that is located in the center of the River Seine. The Notre Dame Cathedral is located on this island in the center of Paris. There are several bridges that connect the banks of the River Seine with each other. The famous Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge that crosses the River Seine.

The grand Cathedral of Our Lady of Paris was commissioned by Bishop Maurice de Sully in 1160 and it was a work in progress for the next few centuries. It is constructed in a beautiful French Gothic architecture with a waterfront setting. Notre Dame was a target of the revolutionists during the French Revolution. They attacked Notre Dame because of the relationship between the French Monarchs and the Catholic Church. They destroyed the Cathedrals spire and the statues in the Gallery of the Kings. They also destroyed all the major portals. The revolutionaries took over the Cathedral.

In 1802 during Napoleons rule Notre Dame was given back to the Catholic Church. During the rest of the century the church was restored to its former glory. Many changes were made to its exterior design. Notre Dame is still in use as a Roman Catholic Cathedral.
Notre Dame is an impressive cathedral that you must take your time visiting. Most visitors come to Notre Dame from the West Façade where there are 2 towers that are 200 feet tall. There is a Large Rose window that forms a hole surrounding a statue of the Blessed Virgin, holding the infant Jesus.

Below the Rose window you will find the Gallery of Kings. This is a series of 28 figures from the Bible. Below the Gallery you will find three entrance portals. The center one is known as the Last Judgment Portal. It is taller than the other two portals. Each one has some great sculptures. The Portal to the Virgin located on the left is the most popular with most tourists.

Notre Dame was one of the first cathedrals to use flying buttresses in its construction. These wing shaped elevated arches transferred the load from the vault of the cathedral to a buttress outside the building. This method of construction allowed the construction of taller, lighter structures. The beautiful stained glass windows at Notre Dame would not have been possible without this type of construction.

The Cathedrals stained glass is a treasure not to be missed. You must see the West Rose window which is above the entrance. It is truly beautiful. The larger Rose windows are in the North and South Portals. The stained glass in many of these windows dates back to the early 13th century.
If you have the stamina and interest you can climb to the top of Notre Dame for a great view of Paris. The walk is strenuous and the climb is 400 steps and there is no elevator.

The Cathedral of Notre Dame is open all year to visitors. There is not charge to visit Notre Dame. There are many other sites nearby that you must take in.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jul 2012 (#)

Well you know Notre Dame is also on my to do list, when I (one day) take a trip around Europe, it has been a dream of mine since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Good info. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar norlaw1935
25th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Denise. You have become by biggest fan. I really appreaciate it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jul 2012 (#)

Lovely write-up. Hope burns eternal to visit these! siva

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author avatar Rose*
25th Nov 2013 (#)

It's a grand cathedral. When I visited, there were also loads of artists outside, willing to sketch your portrait for a few euros!

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