Hope you’ve read about the last post where I visited Louvre Museum , so now moving to my next destination in Paris. As this was my first (definitely not last!!) to Paris and due to lack of time I wanted to cover all the main spots and leaving out a few so the desire to visit them will make me come here again 😀
I took the metro towards the most famous cathedral in Paris, but accidentally got down at wrong station. Due to this I had to walk over 2 kms till I reached the place, although I was already somewhat liking the walking part in Paris by this time 🙂 By the time I reached it was already evening, and there were huge amount of crowd. I was awestruck by the French-Gothic architecture of the church which took over 200 years to build. Here is a model of the entire structure of the cathedral.
The cathedral stands tall at 130 meters and is almost 50 meters wide with windows as wide as 10 meters. Notre Dame de Paris is actually a french name for ‘Our Lady of Paris’. The towers can be visited for city views, but it is always recommended to check with the timings because I got there post 5:30 PM and it was closed by then. The famous twin towers in the front stand high at 69 meters.
#Few Facts about the Cathedral
- Notre-Dame was among the first building to use Flying Buttress – It was not intended initially, but as the construction started and when the thinner walls grew higher the structure wasn’t considered stable then the architects suggested to use the pattern.
- Till date, the cathedral remains the finest example of the French-Gothic architecture and at the same time it is also one of the largest church buildings in the world.
- During French revolution, the cathedral suffered severe desecration and many of its religious structures were destroyed. Towards the middle of 18th century, Eugene Viollet-le-Duc commenced extensive restoration for the same.
- The construction of the church originally started in 1160 by Bishop Maurice de Sully and post his death different architects worked on the structure which justifies difference in the heights of western towers.
- Although the cathedral took almost 200 years to be built completely, one of the the major change came in 13th century when the North rose window was built based on Rayonnant style.
- The cathedral has 10 bells and out of those the largest ~ Emmaneul is located in the Southern tower weighing over 13 tons.
Stay tuned for some more post on beautiful pictures from my Paris tour.
– The Dreamer