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Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris is not the greatest of French cathedrals, but it is indisputably one of the most remarkable ever produced Gothic architecture in France and Europe. It was during its completion the largest cathedral in the West. This masterpiece, one of the best known symbols of the French capital, is located at the eastern tip of Ile de la Cité, the historic center of town, near the banks of the Seine in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. Its facade dominates the west front of Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II.
The building was extended over many decades (two centuries) on the site of ancient pagan temples, the style is not complete uniformity, it has characters and the early Gothic (sexpartite vaults of the nave ) and the Gothic: it is noted particularly the nerve flying buttresses of the choir. Its western facade is a masterpiece of architectural balance.
After the revolutionary upheaval, the cathedral underwent a restoration from 1844 to 1864 important and sometimes controversial run by the architect Viollet-le-Duc, who has incorporated elements and motifs that the monument left by the Middle Ages had never possessed.
The two rosettes that adorn each arm of the transept, are among the largest in Europe and each measure 13 meters in diameter.
A bronze plaque embedded in the soil of its square is zero point of all road distances calculated from Paris.

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This photo is a stitch composed with 8 vertical photographs, taken with my D700 and a 50mm lens.

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