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Paris 2014: Inside Notre-Dame de Paris (a re-post from 5 years ago)

Here is another photo story I posted five years ago after returning from our three-week vacation in Paris. In this posting we look inside the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. The architecture we know today as Gothic developed in France in … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: Notre Dame de Paris

My wife and I spent three weeks in Paris in May of 2014 and during that time we visited Notre Dame twice. The following article is a re-post of an article I first uploaded on August 15, 2014. Later on … Continue reading

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Discovering León, Part Five: Inside the León Cathedral

León’s Cathedral is the finest example of French Gothic architecture in all of Spain. Most of the church was built between 1255 and 1302. The cloister and north tower were added later in the 14th century and the south tower … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: Inside Notre-Dame de Paris

The architecture we know today as Gothic developed in France in the middle of the 12th century. The main features of this new architectural style as opposed to the old Romanesque were pointed arches, ribbed vaults, high ceilings, stained glass … Continue reading

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Paris 2014: Notre Dame de Paris

It’s not the prettiest church we’ve seen. It’s the largest in Paris but we have seen many in Europe that are larger. It’s not even the oldest Gothic church around. St  Denis is older. Hey, but it’s Notre Dame and … Continue reading

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Twenty Churches in Twenty Days

We visited 20 churches on our trip to Europe last May. Here’s the breakdown by country: Switzerland 4, France 1, Germany 11, Netherlands 1, and Belgium 3. And by denomination: Roman Catholic 12, Lutheran /Evangelical 5, Presbyterian 2, Old Catholic … Continue reading

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Outside the Cathedral in Brussels

After visiting the Grand Place (see previous posting) on Monday, May 28, 2012 we walked up the hill in a north-easterly direction and soon found ourselves on the steps of The Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula, informally known … Continue reading

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The Grand Place and what Louis XIV did to Brussels

King Louis XIV was the Sun King to his French subjects and the man who built and lived in the magnificent palace of Versailles to the millions of tourists who visit Paris and its environs. But he was the original … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Five (Part Three): Outside the Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom)

It stopped raining during our visit inside the Cologne Cathedral and so I was able to walk around comfortably and take a few photos of the western and southern facades of the building. After lunch the Felicity departed for the … Continue reading

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