Notre Dame de Paris 850 birthday celebrations are ongoing throughout this jubilee year of 2013. The world’s best known cathedral is the focus of a year’s worth of events including a look back at Paris in the 13th century. One aspect of the event schedule is a large temporary structure on the building’s forecourt which will afford a unique view of The Grand Lady Of Paris until November 24th. This is taking place just ten minutes from the Hotel Britannique , where the romance of the capital’s past is always celebrated.
Notre Dame de Paris 850 birthday : a celebration of history
It is 850 years since the first stones were laid at the start of what would be over a hundred years of the construction of a new cathedral for Paris. In 1160 the Bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, conceived his vision of how a cathedral worthy of the great city should look. The legend states that he drew a sketch of his concept on the ground before the exiting cathedral of Saint Etienne. Three years later the ground was cleared and construction began. At the time there was a street of private houses, the rue Neuve Notre Dame, just a few metres from the front of the new cathedral. This street was demolished during Baron Haussmann’s 1853 to 1870 renovation of Paris, which gave the city its modern appearance.
Today a 13 metre high temporary installation has been erected where that street previously stood. This has been adorned with two stained glass windows created by the great glassmaker Jacques le Chevallier in 1937. On the other side of the structure is a five metre high viewing platform giving an unrestricted and unique view of the cathedral. This is part of the Jubilee Route which evokes medieval Paris.
Notre Dame de Paris 850 birthday is celebrated by the Hotel Britannique
The romance of Notre Dame; indeed, the romance of Paris itself, is the theme of the Hotel Britannique. Our elegantly traditional hotel is on the Right Bank of the Seine, just minutes from the cathedral.