Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Undoubtedly you must have heard of Paris as it’s one of the most renowned places in Europe, but do you know that there is more to Paris than just the Eiffel Tower. Notre Dame Cathedral is undoubtedly one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks. There are few cathedrals as large or ornate in Europe like this one when it comes to Catholic design.
Notre Dame Cathedral was constructed around 1345 over a period of more than 180 years to complete the construction process. Even from the street view, one can easily see the cathedral’s distinctive French Gothic design style.
Visitation to Notre Dame is open to everyone, which is an incredible privilege for history lovers to rejoice in the historical glory of the cathedral. Upon entrance to the cathedral, you can purchase audio guides or join a tour for a nominal fee. Antiques and artifacts also fill every corner of Notre Dame Cathedral. After climbing the 387 steps of the cathedral top, you also get to see the cathedral’s bells and gargoyles
Chateau de Cheverny
Among some of the famous castles in France, Château de Cheverny is believed to build around the vestiges of the old castle that formerly existed there.
The modern Château de Cheverny is one of the most recognizable structures in the Loire Valley. As a matter of fact, since Château de Cheverny was built in the most pristine Louis XIII classical style, it lacks any resemblance to Renaissance-style architecture.
Château de Cheverny, built in the early 17th century, is an excellent example of Baroque architecture. The castle was made from stones borrowed from the Bourré quarry in the Cher Valley, which was famous for its brilliant white stones. The stones from this valley are not only famous for their whiteness, but as it ages, this particular stone gets both whiter and tougher because of which the castle has preserved its luster to date.
There is a rigid architectural layout apparent throughout the structures of the castle, such as its domes, belfry-style roofs, and other French-style roofs.
The castle was built by Jacques Bougier, an architect, master mason, and sculptor of his time. The work he did on a royal palace reflects Cheverny’s desire for perfection that even after 350 years, Cheverny’s facade still remains perfectly intact.