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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 90, June 14, 1855

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Identifier: DX03886154

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 90, June 14, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, including a view of Paris from the towers.

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like the ugly, black coated fraternity at all.) The interior of the Cathedral looks bare, there are some fine, stained-glass, oriel window, and chapels along either aisle. Ascending one of the towers, from a seperate entrance, we after payment of some sous to a woman, and considerable exertion, reach the stone gallery between the two great towers; then take a view of Paris. No such a picturesque and architectural panorama is there as, in medicinal time, [Victor] Hugo paints, but yet is it worth seeing. The narrow Seine winds along, not blockaded by unsightly warehouses or coal wharfs, but by broad open quays, along which trees are planted, and where you stand rows of palaces and handsome public buildings. The streets of the Cite, (upon the island of which we stand,) appear labyrinthine and tortuous, the many bridges well built, the Boulevards and more modern parts of the capital, broad fine thoroughfares. No little steamers, or boats upon the green Seine, but great bathing places, and washing depots, where we see, (and hear) women beating the clothes, each having a separate sort of pig-pen to do it in, with unlimited water privilege. The July column we spy, and beyond it Pere la Chaise, with rising grounds and many monuments; the heights of Montmartre overlooking Paris, and the great Arch de la Etoile. A large church of St Eustache (something) also attracts our notice. The city generally appears clean, and bright colored. But a word more of Notre Dame. In the gallery where we stand, (which also encircles the towers,) at angles, and other places, are the strangest shaped stone monsters, chimaeras, dragons, horned demons, salamanders, griffons and the like, some at full length and of mans heighth, others merged at mid-length in

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-06-14

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Church buildings
Diaries
Religion
Travel
Seine River (France)

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