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The West Facade - During the 1890s



The West facade of Notre Dame de Paris, during the 1890s.

       I had bathed and breakfasted, and was strolling on the bright quays. The subject of my meditations was the question whether it is positively in the essence and nature of things, as a certain school of Britons would seem to think it, that a Capital must be ensnared and enslaved before it can be made beautiful: when I lifted up my eyes and found that my feet, straying like my mind, had brought me to Notre-Dame.

       That is to say, Notre-Dame was before me, but there was a large open space between us. A very little while gone, I had left that space covered with buildings densely crowded; and now it was cleared for some new wonder in the way of public Street, Place, Garden, Fountain, or all four. Only the obscene little Morgue, slinking on the brink of the river and soon to come down, was left there, looking mortally ashamed of itself, and supremely wicked. I had but glanced at this old acquaintance, when I beheld an airy procession coming round in front of Notre-Dame, past the great hospital. It had something of a Masaniello look, with fluttering striped curtains in the midst of it, and it came dancing round the cathedral in the liveliest manner.

—Charles Dickens, The Uncommercial Traveller


Photographic Features of Notre Dame de Paris
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Gothic Heart Vista of Paris from atop Notre Dame - 45k
Gothic Heart Vista of Notre Dame from the Southwest -
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Gothic Heart View of Notre Dame from Southeast -
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Gothic Heart Vista of Notre Dame from the Seine -
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Gothic Heart Interior of the North rose window - 165k
Gothic Heart View of the West facade, 1890s -
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Gothic Heart Vista from the Southeast, 1890s -
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Gothic Heart View of the Barricades, 1870s - 48k

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