Rita Crane Photography: Paris / Notre Dame / twilight / night / La Seine / architecture / Gothic architecture / reflection / beautiful / Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris

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    Notre Dame is one of my favorite places of Paris. When I lived there years ago I used to go inside regularly and sit down to enjoy the cool darkness and the deeply nourishing atmosphere and quiet. In recent visits to Paris, I still enter beautiful Notre Dame at least once, to go listen to the soprano singing vespers and just to be there. It has less to do with religion for me, and much more to do with the amazing beauty of this structure, and the energy one can feel.

    The special energy of this sacred space has grown over the centuries as people of all faiths and walks of life have gone inside to connect with something ineffable but tangible, and greater than themselves.

    And if you have a chance to visit at around 5:30 or 6:00 PM sit down and wait for the soprano to come sing solo accompanied by the organ, and let the sound wash through you. It is exquisitely beautiful. Although I don't understand the Latin words, the feeling is so very very sincere and moving. Wondrous!

    Little secret for those of you who love to find the golden treasures from the angels: look for the little chapel of La Vierge de Lourdes. It's inside along the north wall, near the entrance. Stay there a long while very quietly and watch the candles and the statue, and see what happens. Millions have prayed there. It is a mindspace of gossamer energy that soaks your soul in radiance. What a gift that place can be if one is willing to receive. I left the cathedral with eyes of Wonder.

    [Tout simplement dit, j'adore Notre Dame. Un de mes lieux preferes a Paris, j'y retourne chaque fois que j'ai l'occasion de visiter Paris. Et la derniere fois que j'y etais, je me suis trouvee devant la chapelle de la Vierge de Lourdes, tout tranquilement pendant longtemps. Le passe' - le present - et le future s'effondraient ensemble .... le temps passait et le temps ne passait pas. Dificile de m'arracher de cette orbe d'energie bienfaisante. Quand je suis sortie de la Cathdrale, je me suis sentie changee. Dans notre age de materialism regie par la Raison, il est heureusement toujours possible d'etre touche' par les Anges. Ils sont tres tres pres. On doit simplement laisse' la porte ouverte.]

    Information about Notre Dame here: fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cath%c3%a9drale_Notre-Dame_de_Paris

    Here is a link to a wonderful series of old maps of the historic center of Paris, showing the development around the Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis from the 1400's to the 1800's.
    paris1900.lartnouveau.com/paris00/ile_cite_st-louis.htm

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    1. niluka de silva 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called best photographs in the world, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. nina's clicks 65 months ago | reply

      Just beautiful!

    3. gsp100677 62 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning photographs!

    4. Héloïse Picot 62 months ago | reply

      Je vais finir par avoir nostalgie de ma ville, vos photos de Paris sont vraiment très belles. :-)) Héloïse

    5. FrankBa [Off] [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called France's Masterpieces (Invite only - Post 1 - Comment 1), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. Romain sauze...come back .. 58 months ago | reply

      ca penche au peut a gauche.....? ^^

    7. Marc Haegeman Photography 58 months ago | reply

      Lovely captures of one of my favorite places in Paris too!

      Vu dans : France's Masterpieces

      Merci de commenter 2 autres photos dans le pool

    8. o palsson 58 months ago | reply

      Excellent. Very romantic atmosphere.

    9. Olympe B. 56 months ago | reply

      stunning view and light!!!

    10. john weiss 35 months ago | reply

      The lighting here is so perfect. Thanks for your comment of a few days ago - the photo was taken from one of the Notre Dame towers.

    11. Valentina Sokolskaya 29 months ago | reply

      Beautiful light and colors, nice star effect

    12. evy2010 21 months ago | reply

      Beautiful Parisian evening!

    13. claverinza 21 months ago | reply

      Buena imagen de París con el Sena y Notre Dame.

    14. tsuping.liu 20 months ago | reply

      Excellent work !!

    15. Mr. Happy Face - Peace :) 18 months ago | reply

      Beautiful Image . Wonderful Photography ! HFF :)

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