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HD photos of Chimeras statues on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris France - Page 135

These photos we took shows some of the mythical creatures known as chimeras, which in architecture are a simple design element used as decoration, and most of these are found on a gallery on the facade of the Notre Dame, however, what we had not realised before, is that these particular statues were only put back in place during the restoration of the cathedral by Eugene Viollet le Duc in the 1800s, whereas the Gargoyles of Notre Dame de Paris have been in place for hundreds of years, yet the sculptors put their imaginations to work alongside their skills, by creating statues that are grotesque, half human half beast, or mythical in their appearances.

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Chimeras Statues On Notre Dame Cathedral

A Chimera is often referred to as a Grotesque, or a Gargoyle, which is the most common term that people use, and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris normally has the statues always called gargoyles, however, in this next photo you can see both a Chimera on the top balcony, which is just there as a decoration, along with a Gargoyle jutting out from the side of the building that serves a purpose of shedding water away.

Notre Dame Chimera Statue

Being that Chimera are ornamental sculptures, these statues have been used to adorn many buildings and Catholic Cathedrals, and where designed to watch over citizens and ward off evil spirits, yet these statues themselves are often depicted as monsters or mythical beasts such as birds, hybrid creatures, or monsters.

Now the chimeras on the Notre Dame Cathedral can be found on the gallery approximately 45 metres up, as can be seen in this photo we took of these mythical statues.

Chimera statues On Notre Dame In Paris

According to the Catholic church of Notre Dame de Paris, even though some of the statues known as Chimera can be frightening, they remind us that all creatures are the work of God, and even though these unusual statues are hard to see clearly from the ground, we tried to take a picture of these looking up, as we never had a chance to do a Tower visit and get up close to them.

Notre Dame de Paris Chimeras Statues

More information on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

  -  Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris
  -  Mass and Services at Notre Dame Cathedral
  -  Guided Tours of Notre Dame Cathedral
  -  The Bells at Notre Dame Cathedral
  -  Musee de Notre Dame de Paris Museum
  -  The Crown of Thorns at Notre Dame Cathedral
  -  Crypte Archaeologique of Notre Dame Cathedral
  -  History of Notre Dame Cathedral
  -  Facts about Notre Dame Cathedral

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Notre Dame de Paris Address and Contact Details:

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
6 Parvis Notre Dame
Place Jean-Paul II
Ile de France

Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 34 56 0

GPS details:  Latitude 48.853  Longitude 2.35

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