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Guardians of Paris - A Gargoyle on the Skyline by Mark Tisdale

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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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  • Amanda Huggins
    Amanda Hugginsover 4 years ago

    very cool!

  • Thank you – I was VERY pleased with how it came out!

    – Mark Tisdale

  • TheRoacH
    TheRoacHover 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks much!

    – Mark Tisdale

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 4 years ago

    Good work Mark , i watched a english tv program recently great cities of the world , one scene they were up on notre dame roof great view

  • Phillip, my feet were already tired before I climbed Notre Dame. Was exhausting but absolutely worth it! Thanks much for the feedback!

    – Mark Tisdale

    RONI PHOTOGRAPHYover 4 years ago

    Amazing work my friend !

  • Oh wow! Thanks so much for the feature and the kind words!

    – Mark Tisdale

  • SteffiCraig
    SteffiCraigover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much!

    – Mark Tisdale

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherover 4 years ago


  • Thank you! :-)

    – Mark Tisdale

  • Patricia127
    Patricia127over 4 years ago

    Wow! Great shot!

  • Much appreciated! :-)

    – Mark Tisdale

  • Ruoxiang Chau
    Ruoxiang Chauover 4 years ago

    Congratulations Mark for the feature!! What an amazing shot you are sharing! I do love the view and the orange sky!!

  • Thanks so much! The view from Notre Dame was just amazing!

    – Mark Tisdale

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