Saturday, July 30, 2005

paris in pictures day 2

nortre dame
Originally uploaded by dream awakener.

this amazing church stands right at the very center of paris. in fact, point zero stands in the church court yard, from which the city is measured outward.

the congregation broke ground in 1163 with hope that someday there great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren might attend the dedication. mass took place two centuries later, 1345. and while master masons supervised the building of this cathedral, the people of the congregation did much of the grunt work themselves for free - hauling the huge stones from distant quarries, digging a 30-ft deep trench to lay the foundation, and treading like rats on a wheel designed to lift the stones up, one by one.

it is probably this kind of backbreaking, ardous manual labor that created the real hunchbacks of notre-dame.


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