Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Notre Dame de Paris

Seen here is Notre Dame de Paris during my visit to Paris in November 2013. I was crossing the Petit Pont - Cardinal Lustiger bridge over the river Seine heading to the Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame RER station, having just tried steak tatare for the first time in a nearby restaurant, when I spotted the opportunity for this shot.

Notre Dame de Paris is a Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité, a natural island in the Seine. Construction began in 1163, and it was completed in 1345. It was damaged in the 1790s during the French Revolution, and restoration began in 1845. More recently a restoration and maintenance project was started in 1991.

The bridge that can also be seen is the Pont au Double. The current bridge is a one arch cast-iron one built in 1883 to replace the original, which had previously collapsed and been rebuilt.

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