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Translated into English, Notre Dame de Paris means Our Lady of Paris. She is a spectacular example of Gothic architecture, situated majestically on the Ile de la Cite.

This is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris, and attracts visitors as much for historic reasons, as for religious ones.

The fantastic flying buttress was perfected here, an outside architectural support which reduced the load on vault walls, allowed for cut-outs in the stone, and the addition of such features as large stained-glass windows. The grotesque stone figures, part man, part beast adorning the North tower of the cathedral are gargoyles. They are not only decorative, but act as drainpipes, spouting rainwater from their mouths and preventing damage to the roof.

In 1163 the first stone was laid, upon the site of an earlier Roman temple. The finest craftsmen and artisans in France were employed in the building of the cathedral, which took approximately 180 years to complete.

So many times the church itself was in danger of being destroyed. During the French Revolution, it was ransacked and renamed The Temple of Reason by revolutionaries. By the 1800s it was so derelict a structure that Victor Hugo was prompted to write his novel, Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), which was published in 1831. Shortly thereafter, a young architect, Eugene Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, took it upon himself to lead the crusade for renovation and the restoration of the cathedral to its former glory.

Fortunately, the precious stained glass Rose Transept Windows were spared the wrath of the centuries. In 1939, as wartime bombing threatened their survival, they were removed and stored. They were put back in place at the end of World War II. These windows contain many original elements of the glass that was installed in the 13th century.

Notre dame continues to play a significant role in the lives of Parisians. Every Sunday afternoon the historic organ containing 7800 pipes, accompanies mass. It is a great honor to be selected as a principal organist at Notre Dame Cathedral and the sound of this wind instrument is extraordinary and inspiring, filling the grand interior spaces with divine music. Concerts are regularly scheduled throughout the year.

One of the cathedral’s most famous organists, Louis Vierne, held the post from 1900 to 1937. Legally blind, he possessed a gift for composing music as well as performing, and he traveled extensively as a concert organist. On the night of June 2nd, 1937, upon the completion of the main portion of his organ recital at Notre Dame de Paris, he suffered a heart attack. Falling upon the organ, with a finger pressed upon one key, his final note rang out and his wish was granted…to die at the keyboard of his beloved instrument.

Take a tour or go it alone. Le Musee de Notre Dame de Paris, next door, contains some interesting objects pertaining to the history of the cathedral, including the petition signed by Victor Hugo, a plea for restoration of the great monument.
If the legs are willing, take the opportunity to climb the 387 steps of the Tours de Notre Dame (a tower trip), for a sweet view of Paris, a confrontation with a ferocious gargoyle, and an up-close look at Emmanuel, the 13-ton bell that tolls the hour.

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
Place du Parvis-Notre-Dame
4th Arrondisement
Metro: Cite
Hours: Daily 8am-6:45pm
Admission Free
www.notredamedeparis.fr



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