20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Notre Dame

After touring Saint Chapelle on day four of our stay in Paris we strolled a few streets further to see Notre Dame.

Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. There has been a church on this site since 1170.

The cathedral is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and it is here where the coronation of Napoleon I took place in 1804.

Although admission is free there was still a long cue to enter the cathedral.

It moved along at a fairly good clip, however, and I used the opportunity to snap a few photographs of the three impressive doorways.

Stepping inside, one had to adjust to the dim lighting. The next few photos have all been doctored to showcase the interior here in this post. 

Sadly, I feel the darkness diminished our visit to Notre Dame. It was difficult to distinguish not only the immensity of the cathedral, but appreciate its many architectural details, paintings and sculptures. 

Also, the cue we'd joined outside remained in place once everyone stepped inside. 

Visitors were basically corralled into a roped off aisle and everyone just moved along within  these boundaries until we reached the exit. 


Nonetheless, one cannot visit Paris without seeing Notre Dame and this last photo was taken the following day while we were on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of the city. 

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