Paris: Notre-Dame

Some details…Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic Cathedral.  It is located in the center of Paris on an island in the Seine River, the Ile de la Cite, in the 4th Arrondissement.  I remember learning about the flying buttresses, structural supports, in school when I was in 8th grade.   An example of Gothic architecture.

Notre-Dame de Paris, cathedral before the fire.  See the tall spire in the center.

Paris before the fire

April 15, 2019. This iconic structure from the 12th century was on fire.  I was glued to the news and heavy-hearted.

notre dame on fire


Below is Notre-Dame after the fire with all the scaffolding and no giant spire and a large portion of the roof gone.   I took this after-photo in May 2019.

Before-After, a defining event.

Great view of the flying buttresses!  These Gothic features allowed for thinner, higher walls with large stain-glass windows.  Above the scaffolding to the far left of the shorter spire, you can see a gargoyle protruding out.

Notre Dame after the fire

Pandemic 2020: Another defining event.
Life/culture/travel/relationships/work/traditions/education: Before/After

I hope you are all safe. LR


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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1 Response to Paris: Notre-Dame

  1. Robin says:

    Thank you for sharing your photos and tribute to the historic and beautiful Notre-Dame. I appreciate your reminder of its significance as a symbol of before and after as we are also in a vulnerable time of loss and scaffolding and recovering.

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