The Paris Notre Dame is home to the Virgin Lady. It is being said that it took about 200 years to build the Notre Dame. Adjacent to the river Seine, it is the first of its kind cathedral in Paris. In fact, the particular area where tourists walk the Seine on the Paris city tour is a sacred place. Below are some surprising facts about this popular Parisian tourist hub.
Notre Dame means Our Lady of Paris in French
Notre Dame dates back to the French Revolution, the remains of which are still found at the cathedral. Any tourist with some interest in archeology and historical facts would love the Notre Dame precincts. This is why it is a popular place, wherein commotion takes place once the Paris tours get going.
Notre Dame Could Have Went Places in Nineteenth Century
The French Revolution put Paris in decay and even the Virgin Lady was at some danger. Tourists may find it surprising that Notre Dame authorities had intended to put the cathedral to rest. Luckily, the French saved their face, thanks to Victor Hugo, who wrote the “Hunchback of Notre Dame”. In fact, the cathedral got fame after 25 years of the French revolution.
The Myth about the Notre Dame Towers
There is a myth that the beasts above the Notre Dame tower belong to ancient Paris. The beasts named ‘chimeras’ look somewhat medieval in general, but are only 200 years old and not medieval. The famous chimeras are a mystifying Gargoyle/ Stryga having horns, a two-foot dragon also known as the Wyvern, and a goat-shaped demon seen from below. However, tourists would have to climb 387 steps upward to see the chimeras up close on their Paris city tour.
The Voices of the Cathedral Heard Aloud
The Notre Dame has bells on the top of the tower. In fact, the bells are named after Marie, Gabriel, and Denis, the sacred and the holy. The Emmanuel bell weighs 13 tons approx, and it has stayed back on the cathedral since the 1944 Paris Liberation. The Emmanuel bell rings first alongside the other bells several times in broad daylight.