Notre-Dame de Paris

The city of Paris has two cathedrals and many churches. It’s easily argued that the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, or Notre-Dame for short, French for “Our Lady of Paris”, is the most famous. On any given day, be it a regular weekday or a Catholic holiday (especially a Catholic holiday), there is a long snaking entrance across the square that the cathedral looks onto, the Parvis Notre Dame – Place Jean-Paul II. After the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Paris. In the last few weeks before I left Paris, I had the (kind of) pleasure of visiting it twice. (I’ll explain that “kind of” a little later.)

(This photo is from back in January, I forgot to take an outside picture last time I went)

(This photo is from back in January, I forgot to take an outside picture last time I went)

With construction starting in 1163 and ending in 1345, the Notre Dame is 670 years old. It’s a prime example of French Gothic architecture, and is one of the biggest and most famous church buildings in the world.

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I’m not really the kind of person who enjoys being in churches. While I have a lot of respect for people who follow a faith (as long as they have respect for those who do, I’m not a religious person, and being in churches and cathedrals makes me feel a little uncomfortable. I visit for the architecture and, while it’s very beautiful, Notre Dame is quite dark. The stone is dark and it feels quite cold inside, so I don’t really feel comfortable physically and morally while I’m inside it. (I also didn’t enjoy Notre Dame so much, but there is another reason involved in that and I will explain that in a soon-to-come rant about tourists.)
Despite my feeling uncomfortable while in churches/cathedrals, I can’t deny that Notre Dame is a stunning piece of work. The stained-glass windows were my favourite part!

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I will leave you for now with some of the photos I took when I bothered to take my nice fancy-pants camera along with me on my third and final visit to the religious site.

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Until next time,

H x

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  1. The Lavish Nomad
    16/08/2015 / 5:56 pm

    Loving the architecture! Its very beautiful.

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