Flying Buttresses. Gotta love them.

6 Feb

Notre Dame Cathedral. Front and center.

The most beautiful front door ever?

I'm a big fan of rose windows.

Can't really capture the emensity of it - it's staggering, really.

Back outside now. So many cool images to capture.

A little gargoyle action.

Just a wee detail.

Amazing, amazing architecture.

The back of the cathedral is far more gorgeous than the front, in my opinion!

The petticoats of the cathedral.

I couldn't stop taking photos.

Couldn't resist capturing this guy.

More gorgeousness.

Charlemagne. Did I spell that right?!

This post is mostly just pictures. I mentioned last time that I like the outside of Notre Dame Cathedral better than the inside. The inside is…intimidating? Impressive. Hard to photograph. Still, it’s amazing, too.

So, anyhow, here’s the (mostly) outside of the gorgeous building. If you go there, DO NOT miss walking around the back – outside – it’s fabulous.
P.S. – I really love flying buttresses.

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8 Responses to “Flying Buttresses. Gotta love them.”

  1. Valerie Adolph February 6, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Love the architecture, and your photos are so much better than mine.

  2. Minnesota Prairie Roots February 6, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Oh, I wouldn’t be able to stop taking photos either. Such lovely architecture, such beauty in those windows.

    Have you been to the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul? You would love it.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      I’ve been there once…but had to turn right around because we realized there was a funeral going on. I must go back! It’s nice to know that there is a little bit of Europe in such places!

  3. bitsandbreadcrumbs February 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    What great photos and love the flying buttresses….also the bird sitting on top of the lantern. You must be having a blast!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      I did have a blast – this all happened one year ago, exactly, and as I wasn’t blogging then, I’m writing about it now! But yes, it was very fun and yes, that bird was begging to be photographed!

  4. hotlyspiced February 7, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    I envy you! I would so love to be there. I studied the architecture of places like Notre Dame at school and have dreamed of seeing them for myself. How beautiful is it and how clever those architects and builders were all those centuries ago. Long may it stand!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 7, 2012 at 6:27 am #

      Yes, you are exactly right – it’s even more amazing in light of the fact that it was built so long ago. I read Pillars of the Earth while I was on the trip – have you read that? It’s a novel that takes place around the building of a new cathedral. Rather interesting!

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