Saturday Snapshots #24

by Jeanne on February 7, 2009

in France, Photography, Saturday Snapshots


Notre Dame gargoyle – Paris, January 2006

Notre Dame de Paris is undoubtedly the most famous cathedral in France, if not the world, thanks to Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Standing on one of the 2 small islands in the middle of the Seine, it is one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture and took nearly 200 years to build (1163-1345).  You can ascend the vertiginous staircase in the left hand tower to reach the walkways across the cathedral roof and the top of the towers themselves, from where you have a beautiful view over Paris.  Sharing the parapet with you are dozens of intricately carved stone gargoyles in fantastic beast shapes, added during a restoration project in the 1800s.  Their practical purpose is to provide outlets for the rainwater gutters, but it is also said that their startling appearance is meant to ward off evil spirits

This one has a prime position as he gazes out over the Eiffel Tower and the gloriously gilded dome of Les Invalides.

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. Click here for a full list of photographs previously featured.

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Natalian February 7, 2009 at 6:36 pm

I love the way you have captured this gargoyle looking out over Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. It is as if it has a story to tell! Amazing how these sculptures, as old as they are, have survived the weather and pollution and are still around for us to admire!


Helen February 8, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Fantastic picture! Have you ever been to Oxford? Great gargoyles there too, although none as good as this one I don’t think. Especially with the Eiffel Tower in the background.


Cynthia Nelson February 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I am enjoying this series.


Michelle February 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

Great shot! I tend to think the gargoyles rather attract evil spirits with those creepy faces of theirs….


takeaway February 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Reminds me of my ex wife and her mother!


Paz February 10, 2009 at 12:22 am

Oh, wow! Wonderful photo.


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