Notre Dame in Paris burned. Fumes from almost one million pounds of vaporized lead went out over Paris. Notre Dame means Our Lady in english but it’s only for Roman rite Catholics that Notre Dame was built. The building remains an architectual tour de force with it’s soaring walls that were strikingly innovative when designed in 1150. The combination of a inside ribbed support system for the roof and the external flying buttresses were brilliant. the building is impressive from any angle but the purpose is to show the power of the myth. It produces awe when it presents the viewer with fantastic stained glass windows of such magnitude they stiffle speech.

A cathedral has a job to do bringing heaven down to earth. There are bigger cathedrals than Notre Dame but none as elegantly designed.Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, 3 June 2010.jpg

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In the orthodox rite the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright is a comparable achievement. Wright solved the roof problem in a design that uses very modern materials with a much more intimate feeling when inside. Brilliant design!

 A trip to Paris to get the feel of Notre Dame as well as the site will locate Notre Dame in the front of your memory as long as you live. That’s not hyperbole but fact.

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