I’ve decided since I’m walking down memory lane, I may as well continue and  post some pictures from Paris.   Notre Dame Cathedral seems a good place to start.

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We toured Notre Dame and when we came out, it was dark.  It was so beautiful all lit up at night.

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It is said that The Crown of Thorns was brought here in 1239.

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Notre Dame is French for “Our Lady.”

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The cathedral is built on an island called Île de la Cité.

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Construction of Notre Dame de Paris began under Henry XII in 1163. Before this cathedral, there had been others on this same site. The first was a Roman cathedral dedicated to the God Jupiter. Then, there was a Christian basilica followed by Cathedral of St. Etienne, a Romanesque cathedral.

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It took 180 years to build Notre Dame.

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The cathedral was finished around 1345.

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During the French Revolution the cathedral was desecrated, and statues and treasures were destroyed.

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Notre Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress (arched exterior supports).

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The Cathedral will be 850 years old December 12, 2012.

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Overall, the Cathedral is very dark and dimly lit, but it is truly magnificent to walk through history.  During a time of widespread illiteracy, they used stained glass and tapestries to depict the story of Christ and that is evident as you stroll through Notre Dame.  There is a soulfulness, a connectedness, a somber awareness of the history and faith that has tread right where you walk.  This is what I love about traveling… the ability to be a part of  living history.

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