The Sunday Traveler ~ Paris, Notre Dame, Inside

Notre Dame, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris; construction began in 1163, everything else you can find in Wikipedia, so I won’t go there, but I did want to stress the age of this incredible church. As the Sunday Traveler wandered within this cavernous edifice it was hard not to be awe struck, to think of the hands that laid stone upon stone, carved arches and pillars, sculpted statues, put stained glass windows into place, gave their gifts to the world to see in the name of God.


The Rose Windows, created by artists who combined bits of gemlike colored glass to relate bible stories to those who could not read.

Lighting was low around the perimeters of the church, almost dark in some places; there were spotlights shining mostly in the middle of the church.

The photo above reminded me of something that might have come out of a Dan Brown book. I’ve learned over the years in places like this to find a spot and stay there for a while to see what unfolds within this one area. It was great, seeing priests coming and going. It added to the story in my mind as I looked at the history here; it added a human meaning/touch, that life went on here after all the years.

Sunday mass was going on, the next photo will give a perspective of the magnitude of the building

The post started with a photo looking towards the front of the church, and I will end this second part of Notre Dame looking towards the back of the church, and up at the organ

The Sunday Traveler will continue on with part 3 of Notre Dame next week. And speaking of the organ here, and since the last video worked, a little later today I will post a very short snippet of the music when I first walked in.

Let’s travel on.

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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16 Responses to The Sunday Traveler ~ Paris, Notre Dame, Inside

  1. Lana says:

    I am anti the RC church for many reasons however I do love these buildings so thank you for sharing 😀


  2. Beautiful combo of your thoughts and photos. Thanks for taking me there in spirit!


  3. Nicely captured, and it reminded me of my visit many, many moons ago.


  4. Your photos are lovely. I was instantly transported back to that incredible church. Thank you for sharing!


    • Angeline M says:

      You’re so welcome, Kim. I’m so glad this can bring back the time you were there. I’ll treasure these photos myself as a reminder of the beauty. Thanks for stopping to comment.


  5. Nice shots. I was there in 1976, but it’s been so long I recall pretty much nothing.


  6. thirdeyemom says:

    Gorgeous Angeline! Years ago when I was a French major I studied abroad in Paris and I went a couple of times to listen to the free live organ concerts in the Notre Dame. It was so magical.


  7. Bumba says:

    Wonderful tour and photos. Thanks.


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