Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

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Notre Dame of Paris, is  one of the most famous  Gothic Cathedrals in the world , if not the most famous.  We visited it three times in four days in Paris  so D could get photos with just the perfect lighting.

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The  spectacular rose windows date back to the 13 century. The construction began on the church  in 1163 and was completed in 1345. It is also known for the use of flying buttresses as seen below. The original design  did not include these supports.  As the building progressed, it became clear that this support was necessary and adjustments were made to include them. It  is possible to climb winding  narrow steps  to arrive on parts of the roof.  We have done that before but not this time.  You can look down from above  onto  the long lines  of waiting visitors who have their bags searched and are waned before entering.

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On our third and final visit to this beautiful cathedral, we met our son and his family. David was able to answer their questions about the architecture of the church and I walked around with my grandchildren.  I showed them my favorite element of the church, the story relief around the choir depicting Christ’s life. Below,   you can see the risen Christ appearing  to his disciples in the Upper Room and then Doubting Thomas who had to touch Him to believe he was  the risen Christ. The grandchildren  knew many of the stories and I had a grand time telling them the others. Whenever I see these reliefs, I think of the illiterate believer  of the Middle Ages walking around and reading  the Bible stories by seeing the figures on the wall.

 

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I can’t leave Notre Dame in 2017 without mentioning the reality of the world of the 21st Century. Threats and acts of terrorism have made and  appearance in the most beautiful city in the world.

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A man attacked a policeman outside of Notre Dame with a hammer on June 6, 2017.  He was shouting, “This is for Syria!”   Over 600 people were held inside the 12th century cathedral with raised hands until the all clear was given.

As we walked around the church it was obvious  that there was a strong police presence with groups of  three officers together  walking and  all holding automatic weapons.

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A sad image of today!

 

 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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4 Responses to Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

  1. You are so right about it being sad about the attacks happening in our world including Paris.

  2. Don Ostertag says:

    Indeed, Anne, what a sad image of today. But what beautiful images of the church. Thanks, Anne.

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