D and I had just brief stops here, so we did not take a lot of detailed photography of this massive and impressive cathedral.
I hope one day to make it back to Amiens to see more of this incredible monument.
A wee bit of history. Notre Dame was started in the year 1220, and it’s construction continued up to the end of the 15th century.The cathedral avoided almost tumbling down, in 1498-99, by adding a metal meshing. Which saved and reenforced the structure.
On a practical note, Notre Dame is the tallest cathedral among those that are complete ( not ruins), and boasts the greatest interior volume of a cathedral (estimated at 200,000 m³). My pictures just scratch the surface for it’s height as the vaults of the nave are 42.30 m high.
This exceptional cathdral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.
As you can imagine, there are so many elements of architecture & art here; we only skimmed through, and I did not photograph everything :
Looking at the cathderal from the front. There are so many impressive sculptures on the front.
Looking towards tha alter. Outside of when mess is celebrated or during tours, this gate stays closed.
A photgrapher’s frustration to take pictures by sliding you camera lens between the bars… I had to lighten this image being so far away.It looks all very shiny and very baroque.
The weather of the day ( partly cloudy) did not permit the sun to coming streaming through the stained glass windows.But I did catch this :
I liked the postion of the pulpit with the stained glass window in the back. It’s not any pulpit, it’s called the Pulpit of the Truth, with up there an angel pointing it’s finger towards the sky.Very cool.
Then I saw this sad fellow :
I read the story about him; he is the “ange pleureur ” or crying angel. This angel is featured on the Mausoleum of a priest named Guilain Lucas. This priest, who died in 1628, had founded an orphanage. On the left of the angel is a skull, and on the right an hour-glass, both symbolic of how short Life is.
I also learned that during WWI, millions of objects of the angel, including post cards & medallions were sold, including to soldiers.