Sunday, August 4, 2019

Remembering Notre Dame before the fire


Notre Dame is loved and admired by the entire world. It is Europe's most visited monument and emblem of France. Twelve to fourteen million people visit the cathedral each year with an average of 30,000 visitors daily.



 Notre Dame is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. These pictures were made on May 2018. Note the scaffolding being used for repair of the building.

The size and perspective of Notre Dame are easily viewed from a Batobus on the Seine. We enjoy riding the Batobus every time we visit Paris. You can sit back and view the beautiful buildings and bridges and give your weary feet a good rest.
The tricolor is flown on the back of each Batobus so here I captured two iconic symbols of France.
Here Notre Dame is viewed from the rear where the Île de la Cité ends and the Seine cuts through to form the Île St Louis. 
Viewing this picture and noting the spire makes me realize how much we take for granted. I am so glad to have these pictures.

Little did I know, when I photographed this picture of Notre Dame on May 9, 2018, that there would be an unimaginable fire on April 15, 2019, that destroyed the spire, and severely damaged most of its roof and the upper walls. According to Wikipedia, the stone vaulted ceiling contained the burning roof as it collapsed preventing extensive damage to the interior. The cathedral's three 13th century rose windows and two pipe organs were spared with little or no damage.
The entire world watched with horror as flames engulfed the famed building of Notre Dame. Thankfully there was no loss of life and there is a unified effort to repair and restore and improve many safety aspects of the cathedral. Contributions have poured in from the entire world for this effort.
May 2018 was our fifth trip to Paris and there are many more pictures to share. I intended to link this to a Paris July link party but missed the deadline since we were on vacation so stay tuned for much more.
Join me for other posts with Notre Dame pictures from other trips here.
You may also be interested in viewing my Pinterest board on Notre Dame as well as my personal pictures of Paris I photographed titled Living with Thanksgiving Paris Pinterest board. More pins of Paris from various sources are labeled on the board called Paris.  I pinned pictures of the fire that are very interesting. 

Also, join me and other tablescape bloggers Monday-Friday of this week for a summer tablescape blog hop.


My table is on Tuesday!

9 comments:

  1. Bonnie, you have beautiful photos of Notre Dame. I remember the last time we were in Paris seeing it from the Seine and spending more time inside the Cathedral than previous visits. Your info is so interesting and I will be looking forward to more. Love the last photo, Happy Monday!

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  2. Bonnie, your photos are wonderful and I know you are grateful for your many visits and to have the photos. I will be looking forward to seeing more of them. Have a lovely week.

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  3. Bonnie, thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs of Notre Dame. Like you, we have many of our own and I am thankful for that. I do hope ND will be restored in the same image. I will visit your other links, beautiful photography.......have a wonderful week.

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  4. Love your photos Bonnie. So grateful that you have them now as I know that you are too. I will for sure be checking out the tablescape blog hop. I have gotten a little slack with tablescape. Been too busy to take the time I guess! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  5. Bonnie, I love that you are sharing your lovely photos of Notre Dame. How tragic the fire was. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing your photos and some history. We visited back in 2000. It is so true, one must never take things for granted.

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  6. You are so lucky to have visited Paris, your photos are lovely! Thanks for sharing and honoring the magnificent Notre Dame!
    Jenna

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  7. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. I have been to Paris numerous times and treasure my memories of the incredible Notre Dame. The fire was truly a tragedy.

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  8. Thanks, Bonnie. One of my favorite places in Paris.
    Amalia
    xo

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  9. I love this post so much, Bonnie. You have some magnificent photos of Notre Dame -- what a gloriously perfect day to visit too, with that blue sky and gentle clouds. It hurts so much to think of this building as deeply damaged as it was. I only hope they can begin preservation efforts soon.

    On a related note, have you ever visited the Holocaust memorial at the far end of Ile de la Citie (you see it in that photo on the rear of Notre Dame where the river is making its curve -- the barred window. It's profoundly moving.

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