When I visited Paris for the first time in high school, Notre Dame was the first famous landmark I witnessed. I remember arriving in town after a very long trans-Atlantic flight, dropping off our luggage at the hotel (really… a step above a hostel) and then taking a walk around the neighborhood.
Of course, we students had no idea where we were, and I remember rounding the bend, crossing the bridge, and there she was – greeting us to her city.
Of course, once you are up close, you notice the fine details.
|The beautiful doors|
|The intricate statues|
It is therefore logical that the architects at the time used numbers extensively in construction to ensure the buildings would not perish. With regards to the cathedrals, the number of columns, widows, doors, as well as saints and other figures represented in the carved statues, all coincide with numerology significance:
- three represents the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)
- four represents the four evangelists
- six represents the six days of creation
- seven is considered the perfect number (three plus four)
- twelve represents the number of Christ’s apostles
- thirty-three, the number of years Jesus spent on earth.
For the more adventurous tourist, you can climb the 387 steps to the top of Notre Dame. You can get up close and personal with the gargoyles, but also enjoy a beautiful aerial view of the city.
|Gargoyles (but no hunchback)|