Notre-Dame de Paris

I haven’t done one of these in a while and seeing as it was five years ago this week that I went to Paris, I thought that I would do a flashback travel post. We were only there for five days but seeing as they were incredibly jam packed days there’s a bit too much to cram in to one post. So instead I’ve decided to focus this post on Notre Dame.

Five years ago, I was still in college finishing off one of my A levels and studying a full time uni course. As the A level I was studying was in photography, I was given the opportunity to go to Paris by our art department. Not only did the majority of my class go but so did other courses, including my friends Tom and Ruby who were both studying art related courses.

The Notre Dame Cathedral or Notre-Dame de Paris (It translates to Our Lady of Paris) as it is officially called is located in the Île de la Cité part of Paris. In the whole time we were in Paris, I felt a little disappointed with how Paris looks in comparison to how it’s portrayed. This was probably me being naive and when you see Paris in films and on TV, you only see the beautiful areas that romanticised about. However, when we visited Île de la Cité this was exactly how I had imagined Paris to be like.

Thanks to my 6 years of studying archaeology, I have a keen interest in art, architecture relating to religion and religion itself. Notre Dame is probable one of and if not the most beautiful cathedral that I have ever seen. I remember it being an incredibly cold day as it didn’t properly snow but there were drops of snowflakes in the air but it just added to the beautiful festive atmosphere.

Notre Dame is one of the largest buildings in the World and is of Gothic architecture. The construction of the Cathedral began in 1163 and was completed in 1345. Most of the stain glass windows date back to the 13th century. The Cathedral is an even more popular tourist location than the Eiffel Tower and has an astonishing 13 million visitors per year. One of the most notorious religious artefacts known as the Crown of Thorns is kept at the Cathedral and in 1804, it was the location of where Napoleon was crowned Emperor.  One of the most notorious fairy tales was written about the Cathedral known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

If you wish to find out more facts about the Cathedral, follow this link. If you wish to visit, it is open daily and is free of charge but would appreciate a donation.

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