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Paris: the Cathedral of Notre-Dame (II)

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We love visiting monuments and cathedrals when we travel, admiring that architecture from another time, because architecture becomes art. And before that concept was taken further, to faith and spirituality. And beyond materials and structure, everything acquires a very deep meaning.

I really enjoy the architecture and design of what I see around me, although I am not an expert, I stick with what evokes and inspires me, and in particular the Gothic cathedrals catch my attention. Look up and see soaring pointed towers and large windows that illuminate the silent room, colorful handcrafted stained glass windows that immerse us in a miraculous effect. We are speechless...

And a great symbol of all this can be found in Europe's cathedral par excellence, in Paris, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, or Our Lady, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is one of the oldest cathedrals of this style despite having been reformed on different occasions until the 19th century. We already know that it was badly damaged during the French Revolution and unfortunately, again, on April 15, 2019, a fire destroyed an important part of its upper part, in the roof area, and the very long needle that was on top fell down. It is now in the reconstruction phase, we hope that it can be visited again soon, and I hope that above all, it continues to maintain its essence of the time, and of everything that it symbolizes.

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I was fortunate to be able to visit this emblematic monument several times before that fateful date. When everything looked in perfect harmony, from its entrance portico, to the flying buttresses and the entire structure on the outside that distributes the weight of the grandiose and decorated façade. We look up, to the two towers, from where we appreciate the famous gargoyles, which are more than just somewhat spooky stone figures, and all that reminds us of the popular story of Quasimodo or the hunchback of Notre-Dame. And this impressive cathedral appears on various occasions in more films and almost as a character in more films, in paintings and in literary works such as that of the famous Victor Hugo.

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But we must enter and there where various kings and emperors such as Napoleon were crowned and buried, we marvel now as before with the immense incomparable rose windows, a world of color collides in our eyes under the ribbed vault that obscures the sacred atmosphere. A dual contrast, as is the world, light and dark.

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We walk listening to our footsteps in silence, and in another area we discover something unexpected, golden decorations on the walls and many people around a model of the cathedral itself, in which we can appreciate even more closely all the details, even recreated at that time when masterful master architects and craftsmen designed and they built this emblematic building of a strong belief. Do buildings now have so much meaning and deep value? Do they make us feel the same? Is it only the passage of time that most amazes us?

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For me, Notre-Dame Cathedral is unique and marvelous, a lady, the lady of the city that stands on the island of the Seine river, to be admired, from up close and also from afar, from any point and from any angle. Also at any time and despite any damage or destruction suffered. It will still be there, signifying everything it means, perhaps we will give it even more value, the one it really deserves, because it is a monument that symbolizes the most divine conjunction between art, architecture and love for something deeper, faith. or devotion, it doesn't matter. But that does not go unnoticed by anyone, does not leave anyone indifferent. This is one of the cases in which architecture is used as an expression of something higher, which almost transports us to heaven.

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Thanks for reading! Have a meaningful and styling day.

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Some day I need to tour all of Europe. This cathedral looks amazing. I bet part of you sank hearing of the fire a few years back.

Broken record, you amaze me with these travel experiences!! Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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3 months ago

Thanks a lot! I love Europe and its art, architecture and history. This is one of the most important cathedrals of Europe, in Spain there are also others amazing and in Italy too... and sure in many other places but this one is special. Yes I felt so sad about that fire, because some part of that history and beauty is lost forever, and I'm a bit worried about the reconstruction because nowadays there are those too much "innovative" artists who can make a modern disaster... Hope they will respect it.

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3 months ago

I so agree modern artists have a different and faster ways of doing things. Hopefully it turns out alright but now it will always be the new and the old. It's best to keep a site original but I understand it needs to be fixed though.

I think of the Alamo structure in San Antonio, TX. Very little original structure and mostly modern structure for tourism.

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3 months ago

Yes sometimes not easy how to combine different styles of different times... here I can think also in some disastrous examples, very close, the remodeling of a Roman Theatre, it was a really bad project as they covered with modern pieces all the seats area. All the real essence was lost, and what it's the worst thing: they realized and tried to remove but it was so well installed that if they removed the old part could be destroyed. So they couldn't finish everything as it was.......

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3 months ago

Beautiful... So many imposing buildings, masterpieces of architecture.

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3 months ago

Yes I really enjoy walking around pretty environment, with a lot of history and beauty showed through these monuments.

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3 months ago

Each time I see these designs on building while watching movies, I wonder a lot on the kind of ideas that the engineers are loaded with.

Nice photos

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3 months ago

I think in the past artists were very talented, really a lot because now others don't do similar constructions even with more technology. But they didn't do all exclusively for money or personal ego, also for something greater, as we can see and enjoy now. Thanks!

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3 months ago

The building are so fine and unique, thanks for sharing the photos with us

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3 months ago

Thanks to you, this cathedral is spectacular, the art of a past time never repeated...

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3 months ago

The Cathedral is really beautiful friend. It's very unique. The first I saw the picture I was truly amazed with the design.

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Yes amazing design and decorations, thanks dear!

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You're always welcome my friend.

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