The bell ‘Benoit Joseph’, dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI, is displayed with the seven other replacement bells and the bourdon in the nave of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris February 12, 2013. The new eight bronze bells were cast with medieval methods at a French foundry in Normandy, and are ready now to ring for the 850th anniversary of the cathedral on March 23, 2013. The new bells have the same weight and diameter as the ones from the 18th-century which were melted down and turned into cannons during the French Revolution, and are designed to produce the same sound. CHARLES PLATIAU/Reuters/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlfive734532
With the excitement of the newly elected Pope Francis I, what better way to end the week with pictures from one of the most famous cathedrals in the world?
In 1163, the first stone of Notre Dame de Paris was laid and blessed by Pope Alexander III. Almost 200 years afterward, the great cathedral was finally completed, and has since been a historical icon. So much so, that Notre Dame is now is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading →