Cathedral of Notre Dame.
After lunch and a stroll along the Seine, we approached Notre Dame. I have never seen so many scuptures on a bulding! Across the top of the entrance are placed all 30 or 40 kings of France. Under the arched entrances were numerous other carvings. The inside seemed more like a museum than a church. Flash photography was allowed, but it didn't help much on shots of the stained glass windows. Lighting was not what it could have been for my feeble eyesight, so I didn't get to read as many of the plaques and inscriptions as I would have liked (the teacher in me I guess!).
After looking at everything up close, I paused and stepped back and looked up at the sheer size of the cathedral.
Almost looks warm and cuddily!
Hard to imagine this could really have been built "back in the day". I couldn't help but think about the massive undertaking of building this
cathedral. It is much larger than I had imagined. Even with today's
technology it would take many, many years and laborers to complete.
How was it possible centuries ago??? I guess the peasants had to have
something to do. The craftmanship of the building and the dozens of
sculpture was amazing. Why is it that so many things we buy today fall
apart so quickly?
We headed back outside and someone pointed out the gargoyles on the roof. Dozens of them! Legend has it that these "downspouts" for rain made a gurguling sound as water rushed out. Over the years, the word "gurgle" changed pronunciation to "gargle", hence the name, "gargoyles". At least, that's what they tell me!