Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Notre Dame

Notre Dame is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. So much has been written about Notre Dame but I found this construction time line interesting:
    1160 Maurice de Sully (named Bishop of Paris) orders the original cathedral demolished.
    1163 Cornerstone laid for Notre-Dame de Paris; construction begins.
    1182 Apse and choir completed.
    1196 Bishop Maurice de Sully dies.
    c.1200 Work begins on western facade.
    1208 Bishop Eudes de Sully dies. Nave vaults nearing completion.
    1225 Western facade completed.
    1250 Western towers and north rose window completed.
    c.1245–1260s Transepts remodelled in the Rayonnant style by Jean de Chelles then Pierre de Montreuil
    1250–1345 Remaining elements completed.
The windows were amazing.

Spectacular interior.

What can i say, I'm a quilter who is always looking at patterns!

Christ appears to the holy women.
I walked to the Île Saint-Louis, and stopped to hear this band. That is Notre Dame in the background.

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