The stunning rose window at Notre-Dame de Paris can hopefully soon be admired close up. Our friend, professional photographer Steven Cozort took this photo while traveling with Inside Europe to Paris.
The devastating fire of April 2019 reportedly didn’t do too much damage to the stunning stained glass windows of Paris’ landmark cathedral.
Notre-Dame de Paris has three large and famous Rose windows, which are located in the north, south, and west facades of the cathedral. The west Rose window, also known as the “rose du midi,” is the largest and most famous of the three. It measures about 13 meters in diameter and has been admired for its intricate details, vibrant colors, and stunning beauty.
The Rose window is a prominent feature of Gothic architecture, and it refers to a circular window with decorative tracery arranged in a symmetrical, radial pattern that resembles a stylized flower or rose.
Notre-Dame de Paris’ rose windows were constructed between the 13th and 14th centuries. They have survived numerous historical events, including wars, revolutions, and the recent fire in 2019.
The Rose windows are not only architectural marvels but also carry symbolic and religious significance: Depicting scenes from the Bible, including the Last Judgment and the Virgin Mary, they also serve as metaphors for the celestial world and the divine light. The Rose windows of Notre-Dame de Paris are an essential part of the cathedral’s cultural heritage, and, in accordance, their restoration is a significant focus of the ongoing efforts to rebuilt and re-open the cathedral by 2024.
For more and first-hand information on Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, we recommend embarking on a tour with a CASA guide. For over 50 years, volunteers of this non-profit organization have been sharing their knowledge with visitors from all over the world. Tours are offered in mainly French and English, but also other languages.