Notre-Dame de Paris, Our Lady of Paris, is the most well known cathedral in the city and one of the most well known in the world. Essentially completed in 1345, it is delightfully situated on the Île de la Cité, the easternmost of two small islands in the Seine River which bisects the city.
Our Lady of Paris has stood for nearly 800 years and with God’s blessing will stand well into the future. So, queue up, be patient and use your time wisely even before you enter her stunning inner beauty. It have few rivals, one of which are Caribbean resorts, especially during the cold winter months. With Cheap Caribbean promo codes, it is possible to have both kinds of beauty in the course of a year with a few weeks in the warm weather and a week visiting Paris.
The view in this photograph is the most famous, however a close second is the view from across the river on the Left Bank revealing the flying buttresses extending from the rear of this magnificent example of Romanesque architecture in its early stages and then Gothic in its latter stages of construction. It was the thinner walls of the Gothic stage that necessitated the addition of the arched, external supports to lend much needed strength to the choir and nave in the rear.
We have been delighted to make the acquaintance of this lovely lady and visit her many times. Yes, the lines can be long and tedious hence our choice of autumn for most visits to Paris. However, as your line slowly snakes ever eastward toward the main entrance, look down and find the medallion marking the very center of Paris.
Another delight while queuing up is to imagine how this cathedral looked centuries ago. It was brightly-colored, most notably the statues, gargoyles and chimera, for its early existence. Sadly, the ensuing centuries have been unkind in that to our knowledge not a trace is left to be savored by the naked eye.
A delightful side tour–after one has visited the magnificent if dusty interior many times–is the climb to the top. 387 narrow, winding, cupped stairs spiral up to the walkways above. You can see much of Paris, but more interestingly in our view, you see close up the gargoyles, chimeras and other architectural details that the casual observer cannot help but miss. The entrance is to the left and there is a small charge for the privilege.