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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4 thoughts on “Notre Dame Architectural Style, Episode 5”

  1. I couldn’t recommend the personal tours or the podcasts more highly. I had the pleasure of spending an entire day on a walking tour of Toulouse with Elyse Rivin in 2012 – she is a marvel.

    Elyse treats you as her very own out-of-town guests: we strolled down the streets and paused for stories on most every corner- to point out the genesis of an architectural detail, say, or visit a favorite patisserie; we went to lunch together and discussed local cuisine, recipes, and Toulouse’s culinary history as we ordered; we visited Toulouse’s ‘sites’ perhaps without realizing that we had done so. Our experience was not one of a pre-determined scripted tour, but rather as friends spending the day in one of the most fascinating cities in France. You come away not only with facts and anecdotes- Elyse has a remarkable memory and is an impassioned storyteller- but with an understanding of the city, both past and present, and a desire to do it all again tomorrow. Now, we are fortunate to have the podcasts to reignite our wonderful visit!

    1. Hello Geneva
      Thank you for the nice comment! i Have wonderful memories of that day. I hope you’ll both come back even to Paris, would love to give you a neighborhood tour one of these days
      Love, Elyse

  2. Love this series. Elyse, we are going to France again dec 16-jan 6th. When are your tours? Do you have a website?

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