Towers of Notre Dame

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Notre Dame, Paris, France

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mimichampy mimicham…
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Gargoyles Dec 23, 2016
What do you see when you look up to the top of the great cathedral of Notre Dame? You see monsters, half-man and half-beast. These demon looking creatures carved out of stone are called gargoyles. They are one of the many eerie stone figures that adorn the gutters of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Gargoyle comes from a Latin word, meaning gullet or drain.

Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

Phone: +33 1 42 34 56 10

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Jo104 says:
wonder what it is earing
Posted on: Mar 09, 2017
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mimichampy mimicham…
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The Chimera Galery - Styrga Dec 23, 2016
46 m above the ground, gets its name from the statues adorning the corners of the balustrade. These creatures designed by Viollet-de-Duc in the 19th century, are fantastic birds, hybrid beasts and mythical monsters perching on the towers. The most famous of the chimeras, the styrga, on the right as we arrive, seems to gaze out at the ever-changing capital city. The sculpted decorating visible from the gallery is very rich, and includes finials, gargoyles, grimacing heads and crockets. The colonnaded gallery supporting the chimera gallery shows highly sophisticated arcatures and decorations.

Styrga, translation of a Greek term meaning "Bird of the night". In eastern legend, a nocturnal and evil spirit.

And to going up to this Galery, it's a long climb to the top of Notre Dame (422 stepswith spiral staircase) but it's worth the trip.
Tower Notre Dame
Tower Notre Dame
sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Gargoyles! May 02, 2011
Notre Dame is one of the finest gothic cathedrals anywhere, and you can see the inside of the cathedral for free.  But for me, the real highlight of Notre Dame is the gargoyles (technically grotesques) who live on the roof, and the best way to see them is to climb the towers.  Technically, gargoyles are the long thin hollow monsters who served as drain spouts and grotesques are the statues that sit around the edges of the tower, but that’s a nerd point and really, they are all gargoyles.  Fantastically carved, the climb up the towers is worthwhile to get a good look at the monsters, demons, birds and elephants that guard the towers from any passing evil.


If you can entertain them in the queue, this is probably quite a good place to take children (or at least those old enough to manage the stairs).  I got chatting to a family with a 5 year old who they’d managed to persuade that gargoyles come alive when you aren’t looking and you should keep an eye out to see them blink.  This is a little worryingly plausible, at least if you’ve been watching the right horror films/ Doctor Who recently! 

The queue is far longer than it looks.  By Paris standards, I thought it looked about 20 minutes long, but the need for safety on narrow medieval stairs meant it was closer to an hour.  The stairs are narrow and, obviously, there is no disabled access to a medieval church tower – you will need to be fit enough to clamber up to the top yourself.  I noticed a slightly worrying number of young people struggling! Entrance is 8euros, but free if you’re under 26 (I was so flattered when the man asked me my age I forgot to lie!). 
Jo104 says:
Great review and something I'm keen to do this spring
Posted on: Mar 09, 2017

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