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4 In Paris/ Travel

Paris: Inside the Notre Dame

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Any cathedral worth its salt will have a distinctive feature that sets it apart from all the other ones. In Saint Paul’s Cathedral it was undoubtedly the golden dome, in Westminster Cathedral it was the dark domes like pits and the golden lady chapel, and in Westminster Abbey it was the fan vault ceiling in the lady chapel. Then what of the Notre Dame cathedral? I would have to say it was the combination of stained glass windows and pointed arches.

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All along the walls and in the smaller alcoves, the Notre Dame was decorated with beautiful stained glass windows. The wonderful thing about this is that when you turn around and look behind you, there will be something beautiful to see; another stained glass window or a row of beautiful arches. The stained glass windows  seemed to balance out the pointed tips of the arches by adding a soft rounded element. The repeating pattern seems to be a flower at the top with panels underneath. The pointed arches sort of reminded me of the Arabian Nights and Persian architecture. The cave of wonders must have looked something like the interior of the Notre Dame, with glass fruit that were probably as colorful as the stained glass windows. I think it’s time for a re-read!

Your turn ♥ What is the most memorable cathedral you’ve seen? Have you read the Arabian Nights?

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  • http://blog.jessicapei.com/ Jessica @ WONDERMENTARY

    It’s so interesting to see your posts on the same subjects that I also wrote about! I like how you capture detail shots wheras I go more for the big picture. I didn’t pay so much attention to all the cathedrals’ distinctive architecture until you pointed it out.

    http://blog.jessicapei.com/

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Ahhh yes, I wanted to try something different so I did a separate post for the exterior and focused just on the stained glass windows and the arches in this post :D

  • http://travelandpictures.com Amber Primdahl

    Woooow. This place is absolutely stunning. I love everything about it. The stained glass is incredible! I’ve always heard that Notre Dame is a place to see, but I’ve never really looked into it. Now I can see why it’s a big bucket list item :)

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      The stained glass windows were really pretty in the Notre Dame! There was another church nearby that was more known for stained glass windows, but I didn’t manage to find the entrance (there was a lot of construction going on). I thought the Notre Dame still had beautiful stained glass windows though! Especially surrounded by all those pretty arches!