Notre Dame

The Cathedral

Notre Damenotre dame close up
Notre Dame's full name is the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris. It is located on the Île de la Cité, which is an island mass alongst the Seine. This isle was the heart of the original Celtic settlement. The cathedral was built in the 13th century on the site of a former church.

The Interior

Interior of Notre DameCeiling of Notre Dame
Notre Dame is the darkest catherdral I have ever been to.  I remember having to use night vision when video taping it. It is very large and there is plenty to see. Just not enough light to see it with.  The hunchback could be standing right next to you and you might never know it.

The Exterior

The Final Judgement Day
Above the middle door of the west facade, there is a depiction of Christ's Second Coming and Final Judgement Day.  On Christ's right are the righteous and on his left are the wicked.
Figures on Right Door
The large figures represent, starting at the left, the King and Queen of Sheba, King Solomon, and Saint Peter holding his trusty keys. Peter is usually the easiest to identify for that reason.  Above them are representations of kings and queens standing on their various kingdoms.


Statue of Charlemagne
This statue is in the west courtyard and depicts Charlemagne on his horse with two guards.

The Crypte Archeologique

Crypte Archeologique
This little jewel I didn't discover till this visit. You hardly would know it was there.  It is located on the western edge of the square.  It houses ruins that were discovered in 1965, when under ground parking lot was being built.  The museum shows features that date all the way from the time of Verscingetorix (Gaulish leader who went against Caesar) to the 19th century.

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