Notre-Dame(Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris – Our Lady of Paris) is a Gothic, a must see attraction on every Paris goers itinerary.
Easily, it is one of the most popular Cathedrals in the entire world with over 13million visitors per year.
This grandiose Cathedral is not only a popular monument but also a place of pilgrimage. It is conveniently located beside the Seine river which sets up an additional bonus of a fantastic view while cruising.
Notre Dame houses the most important relics including the reputed crown of thorn, a fragment of the true cross and one of the holy nails, Napoleon’s coronation robes and other precious monstrance, manuscripts, chalices etc.
Some of the Notre Dame’s stained glass windows are the beautiful collection of the 13th-century Gothic art.
Set of three beautiful rose windows that shine like jewels over the west door, north and south transept are the greatest survival of original glass from various alterations, vandalism, demolitions including French revolution.
Notre Dame is famous for its use of the revolutionary essential yet beautifying flying buttresses. These flying buttresses support the walls of the formidable building. In addition, external statues and gargoyles are arranged around the outside to serve as extra column supports and drainage pipes. Gargoyles of Notre Dame looming over Paris reminds you of Gothic Grandeur.
As Gothic architects anticipated, the extra strengthening provided by the piers, buttresses and additional supports enabled the primary walls of the building to become non-structural. As a result, the cathedral could be illuminated by far more stained glass windows.
For centuries the 70m tall towers of Notre Dame was the tallest building in Paris. The great organ is a 9m enormous rare pipe organ that can be used to play many different repertories in France.
The incredible story of the hunchback of Notre Dame led to the revival of the Gothic period structure which is now in pristine condition for the world to wonder its extraordinary architecture.
The Gothic endeavour took 182 years to complete and stands almost 90m of spire height. It certainly deserves all the praise it receives.
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