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Birchircara, Malta Majjistral, Malta
April 26, 2012
From journal Get a breath of air in Paris
CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
January 5, 2011
From journal The most beautiful city in the world
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
October 26, 2010
From journal A touch of Paris
by wasa girl
October 12, 2010
From journal Five Days In Paris
by Sammy Lagios
Kineta, Attica, Greece
August 28, 2010
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
July 28, 2010
From journal The most popular tourist destinations in the world.
May 4, 2008
From journal Paris, S'il Vous Plait
August 19, 2007
The only way to really grasp the magnificence of the Notre-Dame cathedral and towers and view it in its entirety is to catch a glimpse of it from a bridge across the Seine. The size and scope of this almost 800-year-old church are inspiring, the two towers stretching to reach the sky above the main entrance to the cathedral.
Bishop Maurice de Sully laid the first stone of the Notre-Dame in 1163. Age shows on the darkened stones of the Gothic structure, and the dimly lit interior of the cathedral speaks to the centuries the faithful have worshipped here. As you walk around the cathedral, purchase a guidebook to point out the highlights and their significance. The church organ here is one of the biggest in the world, with 113 stops and 7800 pipes. Rose windows in the cathedral show intricately designed stained glass. Carved wood panels created during the 14th century should not be missed.Outside the cathedral, a line forms to enter the towers around the side of the building. After climbing 387 narrow, spiral steps, you'll be treated to a panoramic view of the city of Paris, the church's steeple and flying buttresses. The walk outside up here, gives you an up-close-and-personal view of the many gargoyles and assorted other creatures grimacing menacingly from their stone perches.
The belfry of the south tower leads up to the cathedral's largest bell, called Emmanuel, Ludovic, Marie-Thérèse. It weighs over 13 tons, plus the weight of the clapper - 500 kilograms, and the one-and -a-half ton beam. The bell was cast in the 17th century, and rings on important religious occasions.
From journal Notre Dame de Paris
July 20, 2007
From journal Vive La Paris
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
July 18, 2007
This Gothic cathedral is built on Ile de la Cite, on the site of an earlier cathedral. It was started in 1160 and was completed in 1345. It was badly damaged in the Revolution with the Kings Gallery above the doors being mistaken for kings of France rather than kings of the Old Testament. It had major restoration work started in the 1820s after a campaign involving Victor Hugo.
The Gothic design is evident in the flying buttress at the far end of the cathedral, as these allowed larger stained glass windows and the high vaulted ceilings. There are two beautiful rose windows - with the Mary at the centre and Jesus in the other. There is also an intricately carved and painted Chancel screen depicting scenes from Jesus' life.Entrance to the cathedral is free, but you can buy candles to light and there is also a book to include prayer requests. It is open everyday until 7pm. It is also possible to climb the towers - there is a separate entrance outside at the side of the cathedral. It is a long climb up narrow stone spiral staircases, and is quite tough going. However, there are great views of the city and the opportunity to see gargoyles up close and personal. I've been up several buildings in Paris, but this is probably my favourite, the views are great as well as the chance to see the architecture up close. It cost 6 euros and there is often a long wait to go up, but I think its worth it.
The cathedral just has an amazing wow factor with the large square in front of it and the incredible carved stonework especially the fine work around the doors. Yet inside is equally amazing with its soaring ceilings and elaborate and rich decoration. The grand Gothic architecture gives this the sense of being a great cathedral, unfortunately the hordes of tourists snapping photos detract from the atmosphere of prayer in this place. Its definitely worth coming here early before the tour buses descend to miss the crowds.
Just directly behind the cathedral is Square Jean XXIII which is a delightful formal garden with a fountain and rows of trees with good views of the flying buttress of the cathedral. There are lots of benches and it's a pleasant place to take a rest or have a picnic lunch. There is a bandstand and I was lucky to have a jazz band playing the last time I was there.
From journal Exploring Paris