"Notre-Dame de Paris - Interior" Notre Dame de Paris Tip by MM212

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  N.D. de Paris: central nave (Oct 09)
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Although not the largest in France, the dark and austere interior of la Notre Dame de Paris is nevertheless vast. It is laid out on a Latin cross plan, measuring 128 metres in length and 48 metres in width. Despite having only three portals in the façade, there are five aisles in the interior, each topped by a rib vaulted ceiling, of which the central one rises to a height of 33 metres. The transept contains the two astonishingly large rose windows, measuring 13 metres in diameter and placed some 21 metres above floor level. Because the Cathedral took two centuries to complete, its interior contains different types of Gothic architecture. For example, the nave and ambulatory are considered early Gothic, while the transept and its rose windows are late Gothic, called "Rayonnant" and known for more intricate details. Beyond the transept is the choir, which was remodelled in the 18th century in the Baroque style. It is encircled by a double ambulatory and several radiating chapels, completed in the 13th century. Countless artistic treasures from various periods are found inside, such as the sculpture of la Pietà by Nicolas Coustou.

For more photos of the interior, take a look at the travelogue: "Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris - Interior."

Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame - Paris 4e
Directions: Ile de la Cité
Phone: +33 1 42 34 56 10
Website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/-English-

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