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  • The Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame is located by the River Seine in the fourth arrondissement

  • of Paris. It is widely considered to be the finest example of Gothic architecture in Europe.

  • Work on the cathedral was begun in 1163 but the building was not completed until 1345

  • and even then work continued. A technological marvel of its time, the cathedral incorporates

  • a number of different styles, reflecting the input of many different architects during

  • its construction. The striking flying buttresses of the exterior were not part of the original

  • design but were added when the thin walls grew taller and showed signs of bowing outwards

  • and cracking.

  • The naturalist stained glass windows are stunning to view from the interior and offer a striking

  • contrast to earlier Romanesque architecture.

  • It is not believed that a hunch back ever rang the 5 bells of Notre Dame, however the

  • great bourbon bell in the South Tower was rung to announce the liberation of Paris from

  • Nazi occupation.

The Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame is located by the River Seine in the fourth arrondissement

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    紅謹 posted on 2013/04/10
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