Some Paris monuments amazing facts for travellers

notre dame paris

Nôtre-dame

The Forest

The cathedral framework nickname is “the forest”. Each beam comes from one single trunk and around 1300 trees were used for the construction. 2/3 are the beams of origin from 300/400 years old oak trees shattered around year 1100.

Cock-a-doodle-doo

During the 1935 restoration, workers found inside the cathedral weathercock perched at 96 meters some bones dust. Unidentified this relic was replace by a tin tube that contains a relic from Saint Denis, a relic from Saint Geneviève & a fragment of Christ’s crown of thorns. Those relics provide the cathedral & the city a spiritual lightning rod.

Ding-Dong!

In the south tower ring Emmanuel, a 13 tons giant bell. Each ringing make the belfry swing by 3 centimetres. 8 people were needed to operate the bell. Today an automatic operating system does this work. Its name? “Quasimodo” of course!