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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
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    Work began on the foundations in 1163 and work was completed in 1345. Notre Dame - Our Lady is on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité. The Millers were there in 1906 - 1907 and bought this postcard published by N.D. Phot No. 9: Neurdein et Cie (1860’s-1919) Paris, France.

    "John of Jandun recognized the cathedral as one of Paris's three most important buildings in his 1323 "Treatise on the Praises of Paris":

    'That most terrible church of the most glorious Virgin Mary, mother of God, deservedly shines out, like the sun among stars. And although some speakers, by their own free judgment, because [they are] able to see only a few things easily, may say that some other is more beautiful, I believe however, respectfully, that, if they attend more diligently to the whole and the parts, they will quickly retract this opinion. Where indeed, I ask, would they find two towers of such magnificence and perfection, so high, so large, so strong, clothed round about with such a multiple variety of ornaments? Where, I ask, would they find such a multipartite arrangement of so many lateral vaults, above and below? Where, I ask, would they find such light-filled amenities as the many surrounding chapels? Furthermore, let them tell me in what church I may see such a large cross, of which one arm separates the choir from the nave. Finally, I would willingly learn where [there are] two such circles, situated opposite each other in a straight line, which on account of their appearance are given the name of the fourth vowel [O] ; among which smaller orbs and circlets, with wondrous artifice, so that some arranged circularly, others angularly, surround windows ruddy with precious colors and beautiful with the most subtle figures of the pictures. In fact I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul.'

    —Jean de Jandun, Tractatus de laudibus Parisius" (Wikipedia)

    The same questions have been asked for nearly 700 years!

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      very very beautiful!!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT & SEAN too !!!!!!!!
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Your very welcome Kevin!!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      This was one place in Paris that for me lived up to the hype!
      Great postcard.
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PHIL, JEWELS, BLUNDERBUSS 'n KAREN too !!!!!!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV !!!!!!!
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks GEO !!!!!!!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks for your comments IDCLOISONNÉ and for the LOVES GARGOYLE , WALKSOFTLY 'n VALENTINO too !!!!!!!!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks VIOLETORANGE!!!!!!!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN !!!!!!!!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks CLOCKERMAN, JEWELS 'n GARY too !!!!!!!!!!!
    12. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 7 years ago
      Wonderful series, with arresting descriptions and commentary! Bravo!!!

      Would add only one note on this one - a note on Abbot Suger's theory of light.

      http://traumwerk.stanford.edu/philolog/2006/01/abbe_sugers_theory_of_light_lu.html
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKKO, TOM 'n POPS !!!!!!!!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ELISABETHAN !!!!!!!!!!!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TEDSTRAUB !!!!!!!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks CAPERKID ! !!! !! !!! !
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks LOUMANAL, THOMAS & ANYTHINGOBSCURE !!.!!.!.!!.!!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Thanks for those comments KERAMIKOS !.!..!.!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Many thanks PHIL & VYNIL !!.!.!!

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