Even though in our time we build tall skyscrapers, trying to compensate our lack of creativity with phallic towers, I feel much more amazed by the amount of work and detail put into the Middle-Age’s Gothic architecture. How can you not feel dwarfed in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, still standing strong since 1345, whereas our towers barely can make it a century without rusting and crumbling?
A few facts about the Notre Dame:
- It took a 182 years to complete the construction of the cathedral, which was then badly damaged during the French Revolution.
- The towers are 69 meters tall (226ft).
- The rosace (circular window on the photo) has a diameter of 13 meters (42.6ft)
- Above the portal is the Gallery of Kings with 28 statues of Judean Kings.
- The cathedral is home of an important relic: the Crown of Thorns, which is presented to the public every first Friday of the month.
Have you ever been to the Notre-Dame de Paris in France?