Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathdral at sunset

I have been to Paris three times and have spent almost 25 days there.  My favorite part of the city is the Notre Dame Cathedral.  While visiting, sometimes I would just sit in the little garden behind it and read or hang out.  Very nice.

I am sure you have all been watching/reading the news.  Such a terrible tragedy.

Here are just a few posts I have done on the city (I had over a half a dozen posts in 2015 alone):

Some Photos of Paris (photos) (2015)
Quick Sketch Notre Dame (pencil sketch) (2016)
Paris (2015)
Dreams of Paris – Prelude #9 (music) (2015)
Rue (poem) (2014)

Anyway, here are some photos I took over the three visits (2001, 2002, 2011).  Click on a photo for more detail.  This will also allow you to scroll through.

 

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52 thoughts on “Notre Dame

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  2. Joanne Sisco

    You have some really nice photos in here, Trent, from angles I haven’t seen before. Normally they are always taken from the front, but the back shot is my favourite. I wouldn’t have known it was Notre-Dame. It appears you took them from the water which might explain it. Very pretty!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. A couple were taken from a bridge and a third one from the water’s edge on the Isle de St. Louis, just across a small channel from the cathedral. It is magnificent from any angle :)

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  4. dawnkinster

    Your photos are beautiful. I love the gargoyes looking out over the city, I have never seen similar photos. Also loved the light in your rose window shot, and the cherry (?) trees along side, from across the river. I was only there once, 1985, and I too sat in the little garden in the back for a long time. I was in Paris alone for a conference, I’d done my presentation and had 4 or 5 days on my own after. It was a wonderful time in my life. That’s what I kept reliving as I watched it burn. Devastating, but I hear some of the beauty was saved, by people, and perhaps by the grace of God. We can be grateful for that, and that no one died. (Right? I’ve been away from tv since the fire.)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. It is a special place. It is amazing how much was saved, and that nobody was killed (someone said something about 1 fireman being injured), so it could have been far worse!

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  5. Array

    I was worried for the windows too, with the lead melting…and the statuary.
    I know that little garden… I introduced my ganny to the institution of ‘jambon-beurre aux cornichons’ in that garden when she came to visit me for my twenty-first birthday. Back then, cameras took film and that cost too much to develop on my salary… I have very few pictures… but, between diaries and memories, I don’t need them.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I don’t know what I did or what WP did, but when I started typing the reply to this every single notification went away. I found this one, but another comment has been lost to cyberspace….

      Anyway, what I was typing is that I am sure you have great memories of the cathedral and I’m not surprised that you were thinking about the glass. I don’t remember what it was called, but there was a large wooden object with painted wood panel, 3-d sculptures. It was medieval and all of the people had over exaggerated expressions. Being wood, I wonder if it survived.

      I didn’t know that ‘jambon-beurre aux cornichons’ was considered an institution, but I do know that traveling on a budget I had ham sandwiches for almost every lunch and a lot of dinners… usually with fromage.

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      1. Sue Vincent

        You have to love WP…

        If you mean the chancel screens, although they were rather vividly painted, I believe they are stone… so fingers crossed.

        There are so many treasures of art and belief in that place…

        Yes, when in Paris and off duty, I tended to live on ham sandwishes and merguez from the street vendors too ;)

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I just Googled “Notre Dame chancel screens” and most of the photos came up saying “painted wood sculpture” or something similar. Crossing my fingers – the sculptures were great.

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                  1. Sue Vincent

                    Looking at the pictures of the devasated interior, I cannot see how they could have survived if they were wood… and yes, most sources seem to be saying they were. The area around the chancel is just a charred and empty mess.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, I am happy that they were able to save so much, particularly the stain glass. When I tossed these photos up on my block Monday evening the fire was still raging and I assumed the windows were gone – you could see the glow through some of them. I’m so glad I was wrong. Thanks about the photos.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. yes, it is nice to look at the whole thing, though seeing some of the interior shots I am so happy that most of the stain glass seems to have survived. I need to go back to your posts for a quick comment…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is such a beautiful building, so full of history. From what I’ve been seeing lately, a lot more survived than expected, like most of the stained glass, which is great. Hopefully it will soon be a beautiful place again.

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      1. Jewel Ingalls

        That’s great to hear. Unfortunately, I’ve never been there, but I researched it a little in school and the survival of the stained glass was actually one of the parts of the structure I was wondering about. Thanks for the update!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a miracle that no one died. And it looks like most of the stain glass survived, which is amazing. So there is some good news mixed in with the bad.

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  6. Karen

    I’ve never been to Paris but Nortre Dame is such a familiar building regardless. It’s always a tragedy when such iconic buildings are damaged/destroyed.
    BTW love your photos; the stained glass window is amazing.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a building that everyone knows, if for no other reason than the Victor Hugo book. It is awful – a part of history gone forever. Thanks about the photos.

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