Notre Dame de Paris
The supreme example of traditional French gothic architecture is the Notre Dame de Paris. An important landmark in France, it holds the official chair of the Archbishop of Paris.
The Cathedral is considered innovative in its move towards naturalism and a more gothic style. Ceilings grew higher, walls thinner, and the art of stained glass windows and sculptures became more dominant. The architects also pioneered the flying buttresses, which were arched exterior supports that originally were not part of the design.
The Cathedral itself is free, but visiting the towers costs eight euros. Visiting the towers is well worth the eight euros, as it provides a stunning view of Paris and a more in depth look into the Cathedral's interior. The Cathedral is open daily from 8am to 6:45pm on weekdays and on Saturday's and Sunday's until 7:15pm.
The massive Cathedral was popularized with younger children through the Disney film, 'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame' and now is recognized by children all over the world. Notre Dame is a historically rich landmark, as well as a wonderful example of the Gothic style of the 1300's.
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