Saturday, December 13, 2014

Two Paris Icons

I continue my trip in Paris while +Laura of Bit by Bit starts up our second version of the "12 Days of (Horsey) Christmas". We continue our excursion with two more Paris icons: the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Each is situated far from the other in terms of areas of Paris (though all walkable). Relative to where we're staying (Latin Quarter), Notre Dame is a 5 minute walk on the Île de la Cité.

A selfie in front of Notre Dame and the advent wreath

Notre Dame is famous to have inspired other cathedrals/churches around the world and universities or otherwise. It is no surprise how it inspired others if you ever get the opportunity to see it in person. The building is the prime example of French Gothic architecture and uses the flying buttresses that are visible from the exterior. The area around the cathedral is buzzing with visitors taking pictures or just taking in the sight of the magnificent creation. To celebrate Christian Christmas, they've also put out a giant advent wreath with 2 candles lit.

The western facade of the exterior is amazing to see. Along the main frieze, the biblical kings of Judah are represented in lifelike size and underneath, are 3 entrance ways each framed with what looks like hands in prayer position over the arch.

*from Wikipedia

When you get a closer look at the details of the doorway, you'd be amazed at the amount of work that has been put into these doors and doorways:

The main doorway taken closer

The inside of the church is most definitely something to be marvelled at. I compared this visit to the one I made to London several years ago when I went to see West Minster and have to say that this is most certainly something to lay your eyes on--photos can do no justice to experiencing it in person. When we went, they were actually having mass which still happens to this day.

From here, we made our way on the Seine River for a boat cruise along the river and visited the most iconic figure in all of Paris: the Eiffel Tower. It's funny though... most of the places we've visited so far have all been part of Paris well before the Eiffel Tower, which was erected in 1889. However, it is the most recognized icon in all of Paris (and perhaps the world). From our 'base camp' window, I can only see the upper section and without the iconic first and second sections, it isn't as recognizable as the lower sections with their decorative arches.

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