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Virtual Visit: Notre-Dame de Paris, Part 1: A Gothic Architecture Primer

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Today, we're beginning a three-part virtual visit series treating Gothic architecture and Notre-Dame de Paris. This suite of visits is specially designed to coincide with the one year anniversary of the tragic fire at the cathedral on April 15, 2019. Over the course of these visits, we'll learn about the foundations of Gothic architecture, the history of Notre-Dame specifically, how the cathedral survived the fire, and what we might expect from the restorations in the future.

This first visit is pretty information intensive, but it's intended to be a "primer" that will set the stage for our "deep dive" into Paris' cathedral next week. It'll set you up with all the terminology you need to understand the architectural history of the cathedral, and will give you some more general tips and tricks for identifying Gothic architecture more broadly speaking. You should come away from this virtual visit with an understanding of what makes the Gothic, Gothic (a skill that will be useful for any traveler passing through Europe!).

Our usual reminder: the primary venue for this content is the stories feature on my Instagram page. All of the virtual visits will be saved in my story highlights. The purpose of the blog posts is to allow a greater audience (especially those without social media accounts) to benefit from the same content.

Now, let's learn to identify Gothic architecture!

See you back here on Monday for our extended look at the history of Notre-Dame de Paris!

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