HD photographs of Apostle statues at Notre Dame Cathedral - Page 3



The Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral is located on the Ile de la Cite in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris, which has become one of the most visited historical monuments for both tourists and pilgrims from throughout the world, with numerous statues like the Apostles and other features that people can enjoy, not forgetting Mass, etc.

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Three Apostle statues on the Notre Dame Cathedral
And although construction originally started in the 1100s, there have been many alterations and restorations throughout the centuries on this famous cathedral, with one of these being the addition of The Twelve Apostles, four of which you can see in this first HD photo.
Apostle statues around spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral
The 12 Apostles are also known as the 12 Disciples, and the steeple that you can see here was constructed during the Notre Dame de Paris restoration by Viollet-le-Duc, and it was at this time in the 1800s that the Twelve Apostles were added, with three being on each side going down towards the base of the spire.
Copper Apostle statues by Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc
Now here you can see a very close up photo showing one of the 12 Apostles, which were all sculpted in copper by Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc who was instructed by King Louis Philippe 1 to start the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral and these depict the twelve religious figures that were chosen by Jesus to go on a mission.
Notre Dame Cathedral roof and copper Apostle statues
The Notre Dame Cathedral is awe inspiring with its Medieval and Gothic architecture, yet as you can see here, some of the ornate elements are very hard to see, just like the copper apostle statues positioned by the roof, yet their distinctive colour does make them stand out from the lead and stonework.
Notre Dame de Paris spire with Apostle statues
And although the spire with the twelve apostles was not an original feature of the Catholic Cathedral, after the removal of the old spire that was also a bell tower, Viollet-le-Duc decided to add a standard spire that was based upon one constructed in Orleans in the 1850s, and the Notre Dame de Paris was rededicated as a cathedral by the Archbishop of Paris in 1864 after the restorations were completed.

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