North and South Rose Windows, Notre Dame, Paris

From the outside, the south transept window in the side of this massive cathedral is impressive enough.  But from the inside, oh boy, it’s a spectacular masterpiece, and one of the reasons why this cathedral has so many millions of visitors every year.

The south rose window of Notre Dame Cathedral seen from the outside

The south rose window of Notre Dame Cathedral seen from the outside

This huge window is nearly 13 metres across, and it was made in 1260 AD.  And, unlike so many of the windows in European cathedrals, most of the panes in it still have their original glass.  It has gone through several restorations, and the panes have been jumbled up and not put back into their original positions, yet, it has survived, when so many others were destroyed by war, fire, vandalism, and fashion.

The south rose window of Notre Dame, Paris, seen from the inside.  Built in 1260 AD

The south rose window of Notre Dame, Paris. Built in 1260 AD

Then, when you think it doesn’t get any better than this, you spin around, and there, in the north transept is, if anything, an even more spectacular window.

The north rose window of Notre Dame, Paris, seen from the inside.  Built in 1250 AD

The north rose window of Notre Dame, Paris. Built in 1250 AD

Not even chocolate can give you a rush like seeing these two amazing and gorgeous windows.

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  1. Andrea Garcia

     /  November 30, 2013

    I have seen this in person, I’m so lucky!

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