One of the gorgeous gargoyles atop Notre Dame de Paris. The cathedral is considered to be one of the foremost examples of French gothic architecture. Begun in 1163 and completed in 1345, the cathedral was damaged in the French revolution of the 1790’s. It was ultimately restored to some approximation of its original form by architect, Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. Many of the originals were pulled down due to changing tastes prior even to the revolution. It wasn’t until 1845 that renovations begun on the desecrated cathedral which had functioned largely as a warehouse in the intervening years.
His restoration work was controversial but the results are still a work of art. These gargoyles today look down on modern Paris like great protectors of the city on the river Seine. It was my pleasure to make the ascent up Notre Dame to share that view with them.
The skyline of Paris is rather unique for such a large city. Historically, tall buildings have not been allowed which has created a rather uniform skyline, which makes a building like the Eiffel tower seen on the horizon quite special here. The view from Notre Dame de Paris was similarly expansive. These gargoyles have the best seat in the town in my opinion.
The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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