I went back to my photos of Notre-Dame to find my entry to week 26 of Laura and Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge over on Leanne’s website. Leanne suggested that our entries this week be of the variety that look at first glance to be monochrome but are really color.
This pic is a crop of the original color photo of the south tower of Notre-Dame de Paris that I posted several days ago (see the fourth photo in Paris 2014: Notre-Dame de Paris). That’s the 28th King of Judah on the left and a gargoyle on the right. Both sculptures were produced in the workshop of Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, the architect who restored Notre Dame in the 19th century.
The original 28 statues that adorned the west facade of Notre-Dame were destroyed during the French Revolution when a mob, under the impression that the statues represented the kings of France, decapitated all of them. They actually were built to represent the 28 kings of Judah from the Old Testament of the Bible. Someone buried most of the heads across the Seine from the church and they were discovered in 1997 and are on display today in the Cluny Museum.