850 Years Old and Still Magnificent
You may be interested in this English-language article on the 850th birthday of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. There are articles all over the web in different languages.
The great and wondrous cathedral will celebrate a year-long jubilee full of events and renovations.
Below, a view of the opening ceremonies yesterday December 12.
Below, the newly restored organ, one of the world's great organs, that can be enjoyed by everyone thanks to countless recordings.
Below, the great bell named Emmanuel, now in storage, and soon to be replaced with a new version along with all eight bells in both towers of the cathedral. They will be exact recreations of the bells that were melted down and turned into cannon during the French Revolution.
Below, craftsmen make the casting mold for the new bells from the traditional mix of clay, horse manure and horse hair.
Below, at the foundry, the newly cast Etienne bell named for the first Christian martyr Saint Stephen.
Photos from Ria Novosti.