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Friday, March 2, 2012


In the previous post on Pierrefonds I mentioned the reconstruction work led by the architect Viollet-le-Duc in the mid 1800s. However, one of Viollet-le-Duc's best known projects was his restoration of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris following the ravages of the French Revolution.

Here is the cathedral as it appeared in 1840.
Viollet-le-Duc was responsible for adding the spire in the center as well as restoring the statues of saints above the doors in the main facade. He also added the chimera gallery that I wrote about here.

Here's that central spire I mentioned:
And the kings of the Old Testament above the front doors.
By the way, Viollet-le-Duc was fond of putting his own image on some of the statues, and it is said that the center figure (above) is a likeness of Viollet-le-Duc as is the statue of St. Thomas on the outside of the central spire (below).
We were passing by the cathedral on Wednesday of this week and happened to notice workers 'way high up.
Gee, I sure like my new camera with its telephoto lens!

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