Paris – Notre Dame Cathedral

We had a bit of gothic overload after visiting Notre Dame twice, once to go inside and once to climb to the top of the towers.  The first stone was laid in 1163 and the cathedral was completed 200 years later.  It is famous for its numerous scary gargoyles and is the setting for Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  When we went in it was absolutely packed with tourists and very dark as it was a dark cloudy day outside.  The strenuous and twisting 300 step climb to the top was well worth the incredible views and gargoyle photos.  While I was up there I remembered that I had brought a infrared black and white camera so I used it as well.  This is another huge post, I thought about splitting it into two parts but decided to go ahead anyway.  Thanks everyone for your nice comments on the other posts!

The front at sunset –

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Front entry –

Entry of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Front detail, can you find Satan and his minions? –

Entry sculpture, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Interior –

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Candles, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Candles and Christ on Cross Statue, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Buttresses! –

Exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Side door –

Gothic Architecture, Red Side Door at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Perfect place for an impromptu mock-beheading –

Swordsman, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Side gargoyles –

Gargoyles at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris France

Gargoyles on top (IR camera)-

Gargoyle with Eiffel Tower in distance, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Gargoyle with Eiffel Tower in distance, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris France

Gargoyle with Sacre Coeur in the distance, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Gargoyle, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Looking toward the sun – yes, this is an HDR photo –

Gargoyle, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris France

Looking west all the way to La Défense, what a view! –

View to the west from the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

View to the east with the Notre Dame steeple –

View to the east from the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Paris rooftops, I added the border and a warm texture layer –

Paris rooftops from the Notre Dame Cathedral

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