Amazing Facts

Notre Dame Cathedral

Like a great many of the churches in Europe,
the cathedral of Notre Dame is built on a spot that was formerly used
as a pagan temple devoted to the Roman god Jupiter. In the fifth
century, after Catholicism had taken hold in Paris, a church was built
at the east end of the area occupied by the current cathedral.

In 1163, construction began on Notre Dame. It took until 1345 over
180 years, or nine generations, to complete the building. Imagine the
selflessness required to start building such a structure when everyone
working on it knew that they would be dead long before it could be
finished. Could such a building be constructed today with people's
intense need for immediate gratification?

Part of the beauty of this cathedral comes from its use of flying
buttresses. A buttress is simply a prop or brace used to offset outward
pressure on walls. A flying buttress flies because its base is at a
distance from the wall, and joins itself and the wall by a thin flying
support beam.

Entering the church immediately shows the value of these supports.
They make possible the towering columns which support the lofty ceiling
above. High up the wall, the stained glass window throws unearthly beams
of colored light to the wide-eyed people below.

Related Tags: Church  Building  Construction  
Current Rating :
Rate this Mail :