Take a look inside Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and learn about interesting facts that you probably did not know!
It’s Sunday on my fourth day in Paris, and I was really excited to attend the mass at Notre-Dame de Paris to give thanks to The Lord for all the blessings! My previous post about Notre-Dame only discussed about the bell towers, but this time I will show how it looks like inside and list some interesting facts about Notre-Dame.
10 Interesting Facts
- In the map below, you can easily see that Notre-Dame de Paris is located on an island. It’s called Île de la Cité, usually referred to as the heart of Paris, one of two remaining natural islands in Paris.
- Built between 1163 and 1345, this cathedral is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
- The church has three organs – the great organ, the choir organ and a positive organ, all contributing to the beauty of the services.
- Some of the stained glass windows of Notre-Dame date back to as early as 13th century. The stained glass shows the heavy influence of naturalism.
- Notre-Dame’s dimensions: 41 meters wide, 43 meters high up to the base of the towers, 63 m up to the top of the towers.
- There is a statue of Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris, at the entrance among other saints.
- Hunchback of Notre Dame, a novel written by Victor Hugo, centers its story on this cathedral.
- There are five large bells at Notre Dame that were traditionally rung by hand. In the 20th century, electric motors were installed.
- Notre-Dame de Paris houses some of the most important relics of Catholicism: Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails.
- Tourists can visit the cathedral any day of the year. It opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 6:45 pm on weekdays and 7:15 PM on weekends.
And a little sneak peek of what’s to come…