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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:20 AM

"Paris Notre Dame cathedral turns 850 years old"...

For any francophiles, history buffs and mélomanes out there, Our Lady of Paris is getting new bells for her birthday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20800151

"She stands in effortless command of the small island where medieval Paris was re-founded. Centuries of history have flowed past Notre Dame with the grey waters of the River Seine.


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For centuries it has witnessed the greatest events in French history: 80 kings, two emperors, five republics - and two world wars.
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But there is another sound for which the cathedral is well known. The bells and "the grand peal" that so enthralled the hunchback, Quasimodo.

The biggest of them all is Emmanuel, installed in the south tower in 1685. It tolls to mark the hours of the day, as it tolled to mark the liberation of the city in 1944.

But this year, the smaller bells from the north tower are being recast; they are not the originals. Those were melted for cannon balls by the revolutionaries."


Read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20800151



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Reply "Paris Notre Dame cathedral turns 850 years old"... (Original post)
Surya Gayatri Dec 2012 OP
Fridays Child Dec 2012 #1
Surya Gayatri Dec 2012 #2
Fridays Child Dec 2012 #7
Berlum Dec 2012 #3
Surya Gayatri Dec 2012 #4
JDPriestly Dec 2012 #5
Surya Gayatri Dec 2012 #6
a la izquierda Dec 2012 #8
Surya Gayatri Dec 2012 #11
distantearlywarning Dec 2012 #9
Surya Gayatri Dec 2012 #10
applegrove Dec 2012 #12
Poiuyt Dec 2012 #13

Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:58 AM

1. A beautiful place.

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I felt privileged to have the opportunity to wander through it, with my daughter at my side and without "benefit" of tour guide. We appreciated the introductory information provided by our guide but we were glad to be then left alone to experience the cathedral in our own way. A dear friend, a devout Catholic, had passed away very suddenly right before our trip to France and, although we're not Catholic, we lit a candle there, in her memory. It meant the world to her family.

Thank you for posting the photo.

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Response to Fridays Child (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:13 AM

2. You're welcome, FC. It IS an awesome place (in the truest sense of the word)...

Both from inside and outside.

When I'm driving over the River Seine on my scooter, I sometimes catch my breath a bit when I get a glimpse of her magestic form.

Did you have a chance to hear the organ being played while you were there? That's an experience you don't soon forget.

Every Sunday afternoon, there are organ recitals that are open to the public and free-of-charge. Amazing acoustics. Those old stone walls give off a sound found no where else.

A blessed season to you!

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:13 AM

7. Thank you so much for the information. I'll let my daughter know.

She's going back to Paris to study beginning French, very soon. I think she would love to hear the recitals there.

I take it that you live in Paris?

A very blessed season to you and your family, too!

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:22 AM

3. "True, we're not great thieves like the nobles...” - Quasimodo

...Our robberies are petty compared to the wholesale plunder of the nation." - Q.

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Response to Berlum (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:31 AM

4. Victor Hugo was a great populist writer--sort of the French Charles Dickens...

His heart was with the rabble and rag-tag. In the sad streets and rundown quarters.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:49 AM

5. Thanks.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:06 AM

6. Glad you like it...

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:25 AM

8. Some day I hope to visit.

Thanks for posting

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:36 AM

11. It's definitely worth the trip! Hope you get your wish...

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:06 AM

9. One of the holy places of the world.

I have been privileged enough to have seen it twice, most recently 2 years ago this Christmas. I sat inside for an hour on a cold, gray winter day. It is beautiful and serene even when filled with tourists.

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Response to distantearlywarning (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:35 AM

10. Yes, in spite of thousands of tourists walking under

the vaults, the nave is amazingly tranquil--an island of serenity at the geographic center of the city.

Did you know that all distances in Paris and France are measured from Notre Dame?

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:01 AM

12. I was inside there when some lady was singing Ava Maria. Wonderful experience.

Gave me chills.

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:46 PM

13. I remember visiting it when I was in college and being surprised to see people praying inside

I was thinking, "What are you doing praying, This is a tourist destination, not some kind of church. Oh, wait..."

OK, so I'm an idiot.

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