I posted about the history and architecture of Notre Dame. It is part of Paris‘ cultural and religious lifeblood. It’s huge, historic, and imposing. I was surprised to find pockets of warmth, small details and intimacy when we visited during a mass.
My favorite part about visiting the Duomo was the rooftop. I’ve been to cathedral’s (like Strasbourg) where you can visit the bell tower, but I don’t know of any where you can visit the roof. The Duomo’s is filled with statues (there are over 135 spires and 10x more statues), making the rooftop a sort of sculpture gallery with a stellar view of the city.
We always try to take the stairs, so we bought a ticket for the stairs instead of the elevator. On a 35-degree day, it was an economically good, but exceptionally hot choice. With views like these, who cares?
All of the statues are different. Many of the ones that depict martyred saints were a bit gory.
The perspective was fascinating. It was like walking through a forest of spires and statues. I don’t like open heights, but there was no way I was missing this!
Maman has been well received in each place and has become very popular.* It’s easy to see why. The sculpture photographs well, children love to play around its legs and it’s a hit with art connoisseurs.