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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:47 PM

Memories of Notre Dame

On our last trip to France in April 2017, I spent the last afternoon in Paris taking photos inside the Cathedral of Notre Dame. We met our French "daughter" and her family for lunch on Sunday before our last day and walked around the Cathedral after lunch. Our French daughter was a foreign exchange student who lived with us in St. Joseph, MO during the 1989-90 school year. We have stayed in touch with her over the years, visiting her in Paris several times and once she came to visit us in Chapel Hill about 10 years ago.

I am so glad I spent that afternoon inside Notre Dame and that we had a walk around the outside as well.

The west face and entrance to the Cathedral




The south face of the Cathedral overlooking the Seine




The east side of the Cathedral where the flying buttresses are evident




Detail of the middle entrance door





Looking up at the towers





The interior of the Cathedral looking towards the altar.




The south Rose Window




The north Rose Window




Following are several of the stained glass windows in niches around the sides of the Cathedral












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mnhtnbb Apr 2019 OP
BeyondGeography Apr 2019 #1
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #17
Historic NY Apr 2019 #2
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #14
CincyDem Apr 2019 #3
Harker Apr 2019 #15
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #16
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2019 #4
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #11
Ohiogal Apr 2019 #5
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #12
TruckFump Apr 2019 #6
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #13
k8conant Apr 2019 #7
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #10
catrose Apr 2019 #46
pansypoo53219 Apr 2019 #8
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #9
Karadeniz Apr 2019 #18
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #28
George II Apr 2019 #19
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #27
dlk Apr 2019 #20
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #26
edbermac Apr 2019 #21
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #24
apkhgp Apr 2019 #22
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #25
Hekate Apr 2019 #23
GeoWilliam750 Apr 2019 #29
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #32
Callalily Apr 2019 #30
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #31
Callalily Apr 2019 #33
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #34
appalachiablue Apr 2019 #35
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #42
appalachiablue Apr 2019 #44
locks Apr 2019 #36
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #37
Cetacea Apr 2019 #38
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #41
LittleGirl Apr 2019 #39
mnhtnbb Apr 2019 #40
LittleGirl Apr 2019 #45
liberal N proud Apr 2019 #43
burrowowl Apr 2019 #47

Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:48 PM

1. Sniff

Beautiful.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:36 PM

17. Yes.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:52 PM

2. I have a bunch on FB and in dropbox...

the North Rose window had the largest amount of original glass. I bought copies of them imprinted on glass.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:35 PM

14. Wow.

Photography really can't duplicate the experience of seeing light through the windows.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:57 PM

3. Great shots - thanks. All mine are in boxes from the 80's. Time to go digging. n/t

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Response to CincyDem (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:35 PM

15. Mine are from '92

boxed up. I wonder how the gargoyles and grotesques fared.

Heartbreaker.

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Response to CincyDem (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:35 PM

16. Good luck!

Photography really has changed, hasn't it?

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:04 PM

4. Thank you so much for sharing these irreplacable memories, my dear mnhtnbb...

All are stunning.

It is a terrible loss.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:31 PM

11. It was an emotional trip for me.

I knew it would be the last trip to France with my husband which was where we had spent a month on our honeymoon 32 years earlier.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:16 PM

5. Thank you

for posting these and for sharing the story behind your visit.

Simply beautiful.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:32 PM

12. Happy to share them.

April in Paris really was beautiful.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:55 PM

6. Thank you. EOM

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:33 PM

13. You are welcome.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:57 PM

7. Nice...the last time I saw Notre Dame was in 1969!

I was living in a pension on Rue du Four.

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Response to k8conant (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:25 PM

10. Lucky you to have the chance

To live in Paris. Photography sure was different then.

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Response to k8conant (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 09:50 AM

46. Lucky you, to live there.

I visited in 1975, have trying to get back ever since, whether as visitor or resident. I've been thinking that I'm glad I saw it once and climbed those towers.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:18 PM

8. hope the lower stained glass survived. had a 1870's church in milw burn.

the brick shell survived & they are gonna rebuild it. some stained glass survived. also the altar jesus painting.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:23 PM

9. I heard someone on Chris Hayes tonight say

That there are reports the two big Rose windows were saved.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:53 PM

18. Thank you for sharing your photos. They're lovely!❤

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #18)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:11 AM

28. You are welcome.

Having a dramatic subject makes it a lot easier to get a lovely shot!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:09 PM

19. I was in Paris 15 years ago, on an overcast, dreary day. Oddly enough, one of the two bell towers...

....was surrounded by scaffolding as we saw around the spire today:



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Response to George II (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:08 AM

27. We were fortunate to be there on a beautiful spring day.

We started this trip in Strasbourg and I was disappointed to see much of that Cathedral surrounded with scaffolding. It also has an amazingly beautiful Rose window.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:23 PM

20. Thank You for Sharing the Beautiful Photos

They brought back wonderful memories.

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Response to dlk (Reply #20)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:05 AM

26. You are welcome.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:56 PM

21. I was over there in 1992 for 5 days, never got a chance to see it up close.

Even though I was staying a half dozen blocks away, (6th arrondissement?)
Was more interested in the Louvre and d’Orsay museums, Eiffel Tower, etc

Damn!

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Response to edbermac (Reply #21)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:59 AM

24. We stayed literally just across the Seine from the Cathedral

on this trip. We'd never had a hotel so close which made it easy to choose walking by it after our lunch.

There's so much to see in Paris.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:00 PM

22. These pictures are an

uplifting part of life. Something that highlights a part of history that is rich with artistry in a religious setting. For over eight hundred and fifty years this building has stood through time. Watched a number of French monarchies rise and fall. Two World Wars. All of that followed by the economic and political upheaval we see today, as well as the recent mass murders through the streets of Paris by terrorists. I hear that it was some kind of accident that brought this on. Well the world waits to see if the firefighting personnel can save this building and save history.

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Response to apkhgp (Reply #22)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:04 AM

25. It looks this morning as though the heroic work

Of hundreds of firefighters has resulted in saving the main structure. Apparently only one of the Rose windows has been destroyed and most of the rest of the stained glass appears to be intact. Unbelievable given the video of the intensity and extent of the fire.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2019, 11:20 PM

23. KnR

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:30 AM

29. A wonderful way to pass dawn

Was to stand in the plaza in front of Notre Dame and watch the day begin behind the cathedral.

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Response to GeoWilliam750 (Reply #29)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 10:08 AM

32. I would never have thought to do that.

I'm a huge fan of shooting dawn.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:41 AM

30. I am in Paris right now

We were going to tour Notre Dame today, but naturally no one can even get close. Roads are blocked off. The crowds are insane, everyone trying to get a closer look.

What a tragedy.

I did manage to take some photos which I'll post next week, when I get home.

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Response to Callalily (Reply #30)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 10:08 AM

31. Oh, no. To miss it by one day!

It is a tragedy. I am amazed that the firefighters were able to save the main structure. That fire looked awful.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #31)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 02:04 PM

33. It is definitely the talk of the town

It is said that Notre Dame will be closed for fifteen years.

And yes, it is a shame to have missed touring it by one day!

Very sad day for Parisians.

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Response to Callalily (Reply #33)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:18 PM

34. I just read an article that suggested

the vaulted ceiling acted as a firewall which helped protect the interior when the roof collapsed.

There are wooden pews and a pulpit that didn't burn. And I've seen reports from organists that the organ also wasn't destroyed.

I saw another report estimating 15 years for total restoration, but that it could be as little as 5 years for the minimum to be done for it to be open.

Construction always takes longer than expected.

The firefighters are real heroes. I hope their work in getting ahead of the fire is recognized because I suspect the damage would have been a lot worse.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:22 PM

35. Exquisite photos, thank you. 2004 the last time in Paris.

We've enjoyed touring Notre Dame and the wonderful sites of Paris several times. There's nothing like it in the world.

Chartres is also spectacular like other cathedrals in Europe.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #35)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 05:01 AM

42. There are many spectacular cathedrals

all over Europe.

We started this trip to France in Strasbourg. I was really impressed with the Rose window in the Cathedral there. In fact, I thought it was at least as marvelous--if not more so--as the Rose windows in Notre Dame.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #42)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:44 AM

44. Saw Strasbourg in 1976 and it is breathtaking.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:58 PM

36. My first sight of Notre Dame was in the spring of 1971

Some U.S. Protestant Christian denominations sent a group of representatives to meet with the American, North and South Vietnam leaders of the Paris Peace Talks. I was fortunate to represent the Disciples of Christ denomination. Soon after I landed at DeGaulle I walked into Notre Dame which I had always wanted to see my. A choir was singing and the sun was shining through the Rose windows. I was overwhelmed and in tears and have been so grateful my whole life to the French for giving this wonderful cathedral to the world.

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Response to locks (Reply #36)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 09:59 AM

37. I have never seen a photo

--and certainly wasn't able-- to capture the glorious beauty of the sun streaming through the south Rose Window (which is the one facing the Seine). It was late afternoon when I was there this time and the colors coming off that window were spectacular. I could not get a shot that captured the magnificence of the effect.

It is a glorious Cathedral.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 07:08 PM

38. Beautiful captures

And thank you for sharing them!

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Response to Cetacea (Reply #38)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 04:57 AM

41. You are welcome.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 01:42 AM

39. Amazing photos

Thanks so much for sharing.
We were there in 08 and it was beautiful and hot that day in July.
But the camera did not capture the scenes like yours. All of my photos are dark and awful. I grew up a mile from Notre Dame in Indiana so I was really excited about seeing it in person. The tourists were noisy and disrespectful. I even shushed a crowd of noisy teens. I was nearly in tears at the beauty of it, the history, the age. Sad it will never be the same.

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Response to LittleGirl (Reply #39)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 04:56 AM

40. I have great confidence

that the French will do a masterful job of rebuilding Notre Dame. It has had reconstruction over the ages. There are so many exquisite Cathedrals all over Europe that require maintenance and repair.

But I don't expect to ever see it again as it was that day in April two years ago. I'm 68 and if it takes 15 years or more to make the repairs, I doubt I will be up for international travel if I'm still alive.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #40)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 04:25 PM

45. Well

Paris is only a four hour drive from my home in Switzerland so I skipped going there in September when we were in Paris last. We saw Versailles that weekend. Now I really regret not revisiting Notre Dame last year. In 15 yrs, I will be 75 so I hope they finish it too. My traveling days are numbered too. Thanks again.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:36 AM

43. We visited 10 years ago this fall

Wish we had taken more photos inside.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 02:40 PM

47. Thanks!

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