Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Notre Dame Cathedral

Guruwafaa in front of Notre Dame, Paris August 2013

Guruwafaa inside the Notre Dame, Paris 2013

Notre-Dame de Paris (IPA: [nɔtʁə dam də paʁi]French for "Our Lady of Paris"), also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is an historic Roman Rite Catholic Marian cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of ParisFrance.[2] The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. Thenaturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlierRomanesque architecture.
As the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, Notre-Dame is the parish that contains the cathedra, or official chair, of the archbishop of Paris, currentlyArchbishop André Vingt-Trois.[3] The cathedral treasury is notable for its reliquarywhich houses some of Catholicism's most important first-class relics including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.
In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. An extensive restoration supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845. A project of further restoration and maintenance began in 1991.

Enjoy the tour inside the Notre Dame Paris:

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