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"Examine the North Transept Rose Window" Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris Tip by hquittner

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris: 649 reviews and 1,317 photos

  The North Rose (structure)
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  • The North Rose (structure) - Paris
      The North Rose (structure)
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  • The Center of the Rose - Paris
      The Center of the Rose
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  • A Petal detail - Paris
      A Petal detail
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  • The Lancets below (part) - Paris
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  • Kings (Lancet detail) - Paris
      Kings (Lancet detail)
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If you walk up the South aisle of the church to the transept and look North you are dazzled by a flood of blue and red lights coming from the North Rose Window (1250 AD). We feel this on every visit. Of course we now always bring binoculars to old Cathedrals (and use the zoom from our camcorder too) to see the details. In this window the Virgin and Child are at the center. There is a 16 and 32 number pattern of petals occupied by Old Testament prophets, kings and judges (48 in all), and 32 outer trefoils containing high priests all sturdily built into metal partitions within a stone tracery frame. Below, the Rose is supported by a row of 18 lancet windows of royalty. North windows are usually devoted to Mary, South windows to Christ Resurrected and West windows to the Day of Judgment. The Rose (of Love) evolved from the small “Wheel of Fortune” windows of the early 12C. A Rose of modest size is in Mantes Cathedral and a much bigger one in the West facade of Laon (1190). These were then followed the three at Chartres (1217-1227)., each associated with elaborate portals. It is probable that windows were planned for Paris before 1200, but it was government built, while Chartres Cathedral was quickly built in a religious frenzy by everybody in its locality and thus served as the model for Paris.

Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004
Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame
Phone: +33 1 42 34 56 10

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