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5. The Cathedral Church of Notre-Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral is set on an island on the River Seine. It was begun in 1163 and finished about 1330 and this Gothic masterpiece stands on the site of a Roman temple.

Notre Dame Cathedral is set on an island on the River Seine. It was begun in 1163 and finished about 1330 and this Gothic masterpiece stands on the site of a Roman temple.  Note the great flying buttresses of Jean Revy supporting the nave and the 90m (295 ft) spire of Violett-le-Duc erected in 1804 as part of Napoleon's restoration of religion, including some of the great churches!

 

The three doors of the great west front and main entrance into Notre-Dame. The wonderful 13th century west Rose Window, which from the inside, is a blaze of red and blue images of the Virgin, is above the central door.

The three doors of the great west front and main entrance into Notre-Dame. The wonderful 13th century west Rose Window, which from the inside, is a blaze of red and blue images of the Virgin, is above the central door.

 

Above the three doors, and below the west Rose Window, are the stone sculptures called the King's Gallery depicting 28 Kings of Judah.

Above the three doors, and below the west Rose Window, are the stone sculptures called the King's Gallery depicting 28 Kings of Judah.

 

The intricate carving central west door of Notre Dame, known as the 'Portal of the Virgin' who is surrounded by numerous carvings of saints and kings.

The intricate carving central west door of Notre Dame, known as the 'Portal of the Virgin' who is surrounded by numerous carvings of saints and kings.

 

The exquisite wooden carving on the great central west entrance door of Notre Dame.

The exquisite wooden carving on the great central west entrance door of Notre Dame.

 

The nave and alter of Notre Dame Cathedral.

The nave and alter of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

The nave and alter of Notre Dame Cathedral.

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