Photo Friday: Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame South Wall

[South wall of the nave, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. Taken with Nikon D40, May, 2013.]

This Photo Friday image of Notre Dame is, perhaps, my favorite photo from our visit to Paris. I love the subtle blend of colors on the stonework–amber, rose and blue–created by the stained glass and candlelight. The vaulted ceiling succeeds in inspiring the worshipper with a sense of the transcendent majesty of God.

Almost 700 years old and still in use as a place of worship, Notre Dame is an architectural illustration of Roman Catholic continuity and unity. Such unity is sadly absent in Protestantism, which inspired me to write this popular post: Sometimes I wish I could be Catholic.

If you enjoy great photography of great cathedrals, check out this bloggers’ photos of the Chapel of the Holy Right in Budapest, Hungary.