"Inside the Cathedral" Notre Dame de Paris Tip by DrewV

Notre Dame de Paris, Paris: 652 reviews and 1,336 photos


As in the case of most big, dark cathedrals, my pictures of the interior of Nôtre Dame look like garbage. This shot gives you only a small impression of the majesty of the rose window.

There's one thing that English admirers of Hugo's work don't quite understand. The French version makes it clear that the book is about the cathedral itself and by happenstance the lives of those who inhabit it and interact with it. Therefore, all the important scenes transpire in and around the cathedral. Hence the title, Nôtre Dame de Paris. In English, we shift the protagonists role to Quasimodo -- I don't think that was Hugo's intention. Quasimodo is not described in anywhere near the detail that Hugo applies to the cathedral (or even Esmerelda, but that's another story).

As you can no doubt tell, I was a French Studies major in college. If you disagree, great. My apologies for the digression.

Address: Ile de la Cité
Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame
Phone: +33 1 42 34 56 10
Website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/-English-

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  • Written Aug 5, 2003
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