Architecture class: Field Trips: P1 and P2
Trip Start Sep 13, 2012
51Trip End Dec 21, 2013
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Our first architectural visit was to Notre Dame and St.Severin church. Both are Gothic style architecture with very intricate designs, high naves, numerous stained-glass windows, and flying buttresses. Notre Dame was built a thousand years ago, extended, rebuilt, destroyed, and restored continually ever since. The last time it was restored was in the 19th century under Napoleon III. He ordered the restoration of most of the old buildings in Paris after the revolutionaries had destroyed them. The carvings and statues on the facade tell stories from the Bible so that the people who worshiped there would learn the stories
After spending about an hour standing in front of N.D., watching the most diverse array of people come in and out of the cathedral, and listening to a stream of information from our professor, we took the short walk over to the church of Saint Severin. St. Severin is a much smaller, Gothic style church, only a couple blocks from N.D. There is almost no information on the history of the building, (I know because i had to do a little presentation on it for the class). There was a hermit back in the 5th century, i think, Severin, who lived along the Seine, and at one point he was called by the King of France at the time to perform a miracle
On our second field trip, we walked for the full two hours around the city looking at Renaissance style architecture. We started at St.Chapelle, (the church attached to the Conciergerie and the Palais du Jusice). We had to go through security, airport-style, to even get into the courtyard in front of the church. We got a nice view of the outside, but out professor didn't want to have us pay to get in, so we didn't end up see, what she described to us, as the most amazing stained glass windows in existence. Next, we headed to the Fountain des Innocence. It is a four sided, Roman style fountain in some really obscure part of the 5th Arrondisement where we really have no need to go. The fountain used to be up against a church, but the church was destroyed, so, over the centuries, it has gained a fourth side, and come to stand alone in the middle of the square
As a whole, though, our architecture class is just walking around, freezing our butts off, and trying to remember all of the random information our professor tells us in case it's something she puts on the exam.