Notre-dame cathedral paris france

Religious symbol of Paris | Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris is over 800 years old and was built to give Paris a cathedral that matches the magnificence of France’s largest city. And looking at the pictures that follow, you’ll know that the cathedral looks as grand on the inside as it does on the outside.

We started our free-and-easy day at Paris with a visit to the Notre-Dame Cathedral. I haven’t visited to the Notre-Dame before, and all that came to mind was Disney’s Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

It never really clicked for me until I realised the huge gothic-style cathedral standing before me was the Notre-Dame from the story. Even though we were bright and early to visit the cathedral, it was still crowded with people outside, trying to take pictures with the building. It is harder than it looks.

When we were in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, I made sure to keep my knees and shoulders covered, which was less than comfortable. But when we got into the chapel, I realised not everyone obeyed the dress code, to which I complained to Yibo about it. He then told me that it didn’t matter what others were doing, because the significance of the dress code is in the respect I am paying towards the holy place. It made me realise that I wasn’t obeying the dress code because I had no choice, but more importantly because I treated the place with respect.
So while I am not religious at all, I respect the beliefs and faith of the people who visit the Notre-Dame as a holy place, and the people who even built it in the first place. As you walk into the cathedral, you can tell it’s a peaceful sanctuary.

Other than the holiness of the cathedral, the entire aesthetic of the Notre-Dame Cathedral is amazing. The grand gothic architecture of the entire cathedral can be recognized and admired from far, just because of how huge it is. Just as the exterior, the interior of the church is also as admirable.

The pretty chandeliers and the gigantic stained-glass window displays gives it its unique charm. The sheer detail that went into the stained-glass windows are amazing, and to know they were made with such meaning is more incredible.

Other than the stained-glass windows, there are also displays of other artwork, furniture and historical items in the cathedral. Christian visitors can also attend Mass, which is conducted in the Notre-Dame three times a day.

It is needless to say that the Notre-Dame Cathedral has many reasons to attract the streams of visitors from all around the world, the biggest one being its French Gothic architecture which catches your eye from afar.

Try to go to the Notre-Dame early if you’re planning to visit, just so you get to avoid the huge crowds later in the day 🙂 (Standing further from the cathedral would also help if you’re trying to get the entire building in shot LOL)

Notre-Dame de Paris (Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris)

6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004. Paris, France
Admission fee: Free admission except for the cathedral tower visit and the Treasury
Opening hours: 0745 – 1845 (until 1915 on weekends)

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With love,
jtwong


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