Category Archives: Paris, Île-de-France

Notre Dame Cathedral and Audio Tour, Episode 6


Notre Dame Cathedral under grey skyNotre Dame Cathedral in Paris

In today’s episode Elyse gives us a free tour of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Do NOT walk right by and miss those! Listen to this episode where she tells you exactly where to look and why. A cathedral such as Notre Dame can give the impression of sensory overload. There is so much to see, you’ll walk right past masterpieces and miss them. Is it on the left? On the right? What do you need to zoom in on? What to you have to examine carefully, and what can you ignore? It is all explained in today’s episode.

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CORRECTION: It’s 387 steps up the tower, NOT 837, it feels like 837 however, be warned!

Episode Highlight

  • Plan on spending 2 hours at Notre Dame
  • The Exterior of Notre Dame de Paris
    • Notre Dame flying buttresses
    • The Esplanade or Parvis
  • The Interior of Notre Dame de Paris
  • Notre Dame Cathedral Surroundings

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Notre Dame Architectural Style, Episode 5

Notre Dame architectural style, cathedral photographed from the back

Notre Dame Architectural Style

In today’s episode, Elyse talks to us about the Notre Dame Architectural Style. She explains the architectural innovations you can see at Notre Dame, she explains the function of stained glass windows, the architectural purpose of chimeras and gargoyles, the art you will see at Notre Dame, and many things that you need to understand about medieval architecture.

Many medieval visitors were illiterate, but back then, they knew how to read the statues and stained-glass windows they saw in Cathedrals. We have lost this knowledge today. That is why you need to listen to this episode and get a quick course in how to read a cathedral by looking at the art and the pictures.

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 Episode Highlights with Time Stamps
  • Limestone church [1’50”]
  • The 3 entrances of Notre Dame and what they mean [5’45”]
  • The Kings on the upper part of the facade  [10′]
  • The restauration of the facade in the XIX century [11’20”]
  • The structure of Notre Dame, Notre Dame architectural style and innovation  [14’15”]
  • Stained-glass windows [16’40”]
  • Gargoyles, chimeras and what they mean in medieval architecture [19’30”]
  • Architectural innovations at Notre Dame: the flying buttresses [23’15”]
  • Walk around Notre Dame [30′]

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Notre Dame de Paris Historical Background, Episode 4

Notre Dame

Notre Dame de Paris, a Historical Background

In this episode of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast Elyse explains how the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral came about. The construction of this Cathedral is one of the most monumental undertakings ever completed in Paris and the stars had to line up just right to get it done.  Why is Notre Dame so special? Why does it get so many visitors?  There are so many churches in Paris, some are incredibly beautiful, what sets Notre Dame apart?

The Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral is the one place in Paris everybody should see. Even if you’re not religious at all, even if you’re of a different faith. It’s a masterpiece and will set the tone for everything else you’ll see in Paris. And, who knows, you might run into the Hunchback!

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