Gargoyles of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France

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By the time I visited Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris, I was already exhausted yet contented walking alone around the city of Paris. The number of people waiting in line to see the inside of the church and to climb the cathedral two towers was overwhelming despite the occasional light rain and cold weather.

I got so used to the idea of waiting for an hour to go inside any of the city famous museums while my Paris Museum Pass has given me an advantage of bypassing the regular queue on most instances, however it was no use for climbing the towers of Notre Dame, where everyone was expected to patiently wait given that the church towers has no other access but a one way long spiral staircase.
cathédrale notre dame de paris

Not for the claustrophobic, taking the narrow staircase of 387 steps was all worth it, as it allows visitors to see up close the church bell tower and the famous, mystical gargoyles and chimeras.

I was imagining Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame novel while I took each dizzying steps on what seems to be a never ending spiral steps, imagining how Quasimodo resided on this very church, faithfully and masterfully climbed each steps as he made his way to the top and perform his duty as a bell ringer.

More than the Eiffel Tower, I always dream of seeing the famous Gargoyles of Notre-Dame- creatures made of stones, looking down below and watching all over Paris.
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris

Taking different animal forms, sometimes of half man and half beast, with wide eyes open, pointed ears and menacing grins, the gargoyles are strange, mystical sculptures place at the end of the roof gutters to drain rainwater and protect the walls from damage.
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris

cathédrale notre dame de paris

Though more than its main function, the Gargoyles of Notre Dame is synonymous to the Gothic architecture style and these stone sculptures has provided a different aura to the city of Paris, the one full of mystery and fright.
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris

Apart from the gargoyles, there are more to admire about Notre Dame Church.

The two strong towers and the details of the Western façade, where the squares stand for limited space and the circle stands for the boundless.
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris

While the inside of the church is a feast of marvelous sightings, starting from the stained glass windows, the hanging chandeliers, the high altar and several historical paintings.
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris
cathédrale notre dame de paris

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris is one of the best thing about Paris.
cathédrale notre dame de paris

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20 thoughts on “Gargoyles of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France

  1. Fantastic! These are classic photos. Well done! Are the gargoyle photos of the city all taken from Notre Dame? I wish now I’d spent time to climb the tower!

  2. I was lucky enough to visit Notre Dame in the summer of 2012 and it’s an experience that reduced me to tears at the time and still continues to give me a sense of calm today when I think about it.

    I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to hang out with the gargoyles on that trip, but I’ve made it a goal to accomplish in the next five years.

    Thank you for sharing your pictures!

  3. Really nice series of pictures of this massive church. The gargoyles are in part a left overs from pre-catholic believes, pushed to the very edges of the building, out of general sight. Good travels, ciao

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