Notre-Dame, from Saint-Julien le pauvre. The sculpture is a fountain (c.1993) by Georges Jeanclos)
The stryge. As mentioned before, (see first post), the chimeras on the Chemin de ronde between the towers are creations by Viollet-le-Duc. c.1844. The engraving comes from the book I found in the gutter and restored, a while ago. I’m not sure the Tour Saint-Jacques featured here can actually be seen from the Stryge.
The stryge, 2018. The real view is marred by a wire-mesh. Most unfortunate. And it takes quite a while on Photoshop to eliminate it. The stryge comes from the ancient Greek strygx, a malevolent creature, half bird, half woman. They evolved into the Arabic Ghoul.
My restored 19th century edition of Notre-Dame de Paris, by Victor Hugo. I put the year of the book at around 1870.
Victor Hugo, Paris, 2018, near the Pantheon. This is a series of street art, commissioned by the city of Paris, celebrating great historic French figures.
La flèche. What the English call a spire, we call an arrow. A fitting expression, pointing to the sky. This is the part that suffered most during the blaze. I don’t know whether the statue survived. The pelican (see first post) is on the left. No better pic of the pelican I’m afraid. The zoom on the Iphone sucks.
Street art by Ardif. Paris 2018.
1964. This élégante is by Patrice Mollinard in “the Paris I love”.
2018. Sans mesh. I do hope they will take it out as part of the restoration…
The arrow/pire again. I will never regret climbing those stairs last year. Supposedly the fire originated in the turret supporting the spire. Electric bells had been put a few years back with wires – supposedly – running on the floor.
Another élégante standing by another chimera. 1964. Patrice Mollinard.
2018. After Photoshop.
I hope the Archangel statue was saved.
As we climbed the tower we saw that bell. Was it Emmanuel? (Not Macron). The wood structure was impressive. And is the one that burned. A version that was broadcast in Colombia was that all the beams were covered with tar to deter termites. And that the soldering of the scaffolding may have produced the sparks that started the fire. No word on that in the French media. The workers did admit to smoking on the scaffolding. “It was too bothersome and time-consuming to go downstairs”. Seriously?
Quasimodo riding the bells.
The “arrow” and roof. Note the statues, four rows or three, representing the apostles.
Zooming in, (c)ourtesy L’Express/AFP. Those statues had fortunately been dismounted only a few days before and stored away for restoration. Pffff.
Look closely at those apostles on the South-East side. (c)ourtesy L’Express/AFP
On the South-east side, the first Apostle, Saint-Thomas, was represented with the face and fractions of Viollet-le-Duc. Hence the ruler in his right hand. Only believe what you can measure. (Same source. I wish I could have taken my mountain gear and climb up there!)
The stairs inside the the towers show how old Notre-Dame really is:
According to the fossils, Notre-Dame would be 30 million years old.
Equinoxio followers formed in a queue to access Notre-Dame in another Time-Space continuum.
Fair maidens going to Mass around 1482.
1964. (c) Patrice Mollinard. That access was not opened any more in recent years. A shame.
This is the part that burned. The roof and spire. The stone walls, turrets, frontons and towers were saved.
Notre-Dame will be rebuilt. Hopefully without nonsense.
And Esmeralda will dance forever on the parvis of Notre-Dame. (Wallpaper, 1836, Victor Hugo expo, Hôtel de Sens, 2018)
Thank you for flying Equinoxio’s Tme-Space shuttle. Have a great week-end.