“That most terrible church of the most glorious Virgin Mary, mother of God, deservedly shines out, like the sun among stars.”
Jean de Jandun 1323
Well again the ides of jet lag were with us and we arose early to catch the metro into Isle de la Cite. Of course once you’re on the island you’re standing in the secular and religious heart of france. Funny that it’s a island…
Yes, Notre Dame, that most beautiful of medieval churches. Though not the most beautiful and terrible thing on the island for me. 🙂
Apparently the term Gargoyles only applies to the sculptures that act as water spouts. If you look carefully you’ll notice that they are slightly different, embodying the medieval architectural principle that perfect repetition was to be avoided.
And of course there’s the richly gothic carvings and reliefs like the back of the choir stalls. Hey it’s enough to turn the head of a lapsed anglican boy like me. Back in the day the exterior of the cathedral was also painted so one can only wonder what that would have looked like.
A detail from one of the sarcophagi.
Next stop the roof… and gargoyles!