Friday, November 12, 2010

The Ghosts of Notre Dame


Notre Dame is probably one of the most famous cathedrals in the world.  It took over 200 years to built and was one of the first Gothic cathedrals to feature flying buttresses.  It has witnessed the ebb and flow of history for almost a millenia.   During the French Revolution it was desecrated.  It witnessed both world wars and many other wars.   It is said to house the ghosts of kings and many great men.   As soon as you walk in front of the doors of the great old Cathedral you can almost feel the eyes of the cathedral itself staring at you.  Stone faces carved into the door look down at you with haunting eyes.

The Cathedral was restored in the 19th century and today is one of the most striking structures in Paris.  From the gargoyles that sit on top of the building looking out with their cold stone glare to the famous rose window within the church walking through the cathedral is like walking through living breathing art.   It is also like walking though history. Coils of history are twisted within the walls of Notre Dame and pictures taken here are often thick with the ghosts of those that have walked through her sacred walls.  Notre Dame is called one of the ten most haunted places in France and it is certainly the most haunting.  Out of the many buildings I saw in France, this is probably the most extraordinarily beautiful buildings I walked through.


5 comments:

Courtney Mroch said...

OMG! I love the pics. Especially of the gargoyles. Fantastic!

PaleMother said...

So photogenic. When I was there, I didn't have much time and it was very crowded. I had no idea it was one of the "ten most haunted." Cool.

Have you heard of this blog?
http://from-the-shadows.blogspot.com/

I just read an intriguing post there today (it is the second in a series). The incident happened in (northern) Michigan.

At first I thought I found the blog through you (?), but on second thought, maybe I found him while looking something up on the net -- a dream that I had of an ominous grey figure in a trench coat and an odd hat -- when I googled the description of this character, it turns out this it is known (sort of like the mothman is known ... uban legend style?) and others have reported similar experiences:

http://from-the-shadows.blogspot.com/2009/04/hat-man.html

http://from-the-shadows.blogspot.com/2007/10/hat-man.html

http://from-the-shadows.blogspot.com/2009/10/hat-man-in-brazil.html

Anyway, it's an interesting blog. Thought you might enjoy it.

Hamilton Coe said...

Notre Dame is fantastic! It's a long time since I've been to France: these recent posts made me feel quite nostalgic. Do you know about the famous Versailles time slip recounted in the book 'An Adventure'? I'm very sceptical about it, but it's a good story nonetheless.

Jessica Penot said...

Palemother... I will go check that blog out. I'm always looking for new blogs. I love to read. Thanks

Hamilton... I haven't heard of the Versailles time slip but I'll look into it. I have a cousin who works there. Maybe she'll know about it!

Lewis Powell, IV said...

I've been looking for information on French ghosts for some time and have found very little. I'd love to find out more about French ghosts, I've seen so little out there about them. Keep up the good work!