Notre-Dame de Paris ~ France

A black and white side shot of the Notre-Dame cathedral, one of the most famous icons of the city of Paris in France.


The Tour Eiffel might be the most famous icon of France but the Notre-Dame cathedral is actually the most visited monument in the city of Paris with more than 13 million visitors per year (The Eiffel Tower only attracts about 6~7 million).

Located not far from the Musee du Louvre, the Notre-Dame’s (Our Lady in French) construction began in 1163 and was effectively completed by 1345 (182 years of construction). It is one of the first Gothic cathedrals in France and Europe and is considered as one of the finest examples of French architecture.

The cathedral has been desecrated, plundered and served as food storage during the French Revolution. It almost has been set on fire in 1871 and survived the WWII without damage.

There is something about cathedrals that I find very impressive. Do you think anything we build nowadays will still be standing in the next 100 years? I strongly doubt.


Quick Tips:

Dark clouds can create very nice dramatic photos when converted to black and white. Do not hesitate to go out and use that wide angle lens to capture a stormy sky, or maybe use a long exposure to create dark streaks in the sky. Just be careful and put away your equipment when it starts raining!


3 Things I love:

Old imposing monuments


The city of Paris


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Brian Furbush

This is fantastic Dan – I really like the composition and I think the B&W lends itself to the cloudy scene!


Excellent photo. The stormy clouds and the b/w gives a great sense of mystery to the old cathedral.

Beth Partin

I like the photograph as well, but what I really want to thank you for is the intro to FotoMoto. I’ll put that on my list of photo-sales services to check out.


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