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Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

Local name: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most recognizable churches in the world. Located on the island of Ile de la Cite. It is a Gothic, five-nave basilica with a transpet and an elongated presbytery with a bypass. The building is decorated with magnificent Gothic stonework decorations and huge stained glass windows, including colorful rosettes with scenes from the Holy Bible.

Construction of the cathedral began in the 12th century and lasted about 200 years. The elongated building has wonderful, arched external buttresses, which give the impression of looking at the skeleton of the church. The most characteristic is the two-tower facade. At the top of one of them is the observation deck from which you can admire the panorama of the center of Paris. The central part of the facade is occupied by a huge rosette decorated with stained glass. Above each of the three main entrances there is an ogival tympanum with scenes from the Holy Bible.

The interior of the cathedral is raw and relatively empty. Reflections of light playing through the stained-glass windows play here. The cathedral has the largest organs in France, numbering 8000 pipes. There are also valuable side altars and examples of Gothic blackboard paintings.

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Parvis Notre Dame - Place Jean-Paul II 675004 Paris , France