During the week, I reviewed Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame–a wonderful and surprisingly complex Disney cartoon. Naturally, for Saturday Snapshot, I thought I’d share some pictures from my visit to the cathedral last September!
I went in the morning, on the theory that it would be less crowded. Contrary to what this picture suggests, this actually worked–it was even busier by the time I left.
The lighting is very bad for photos inside the cathedral, so apologies for the fuzziness–but I managed to get a shot of this lovely statue of Mary and Jesus. And after I got home and rewatched Hunchback, I realized this is the statue Esmeralda addresses her beautiful song to, “God Help the Outcasts.”
After seeing the inside of the cathedral, I went around the corner and got in a long line to go up in Quasi’s towers–and up many, many narrow winding steps. Google brings back differing numbers on how many steps it is, but the majority opinion seems to be 387. I believe it! If you watch Hunchback, look for a scene of Quasi and Phoebus on steps that look a lot like these.
After I came down from the towers, I went in search of another literary/movie reference–also by Victor Hugo. Apologies, as it’s somewhat grim…but I remembered that in the 1998 film of Les Miserables, when Javert went into the Seine there was a beautiful view of Notre Dame behind him. So I went down to the walkway beside the Seine, and I’m pretty sure this is the spot…
Not to mention, from down there you can’t see all the crowds!
All in all, Notre Dame was wonderful to visit–a beautiful place, and then there’s all the literary references too.
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