First, Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) which I just visited again on my recent trip to France. With very sincere hopes that I am not sounding too much like the Trumpster himself here, I have come to the conclusion that this is one very ugly lady both inside and out.
And I don't come to this conclusion about Notre Dame lightly. After having to spend hours and hours of my formative years looking at St. Michael's Church while ensconced in the adjacent school, I know very well what an ugly church looks like.
I made my First Holy Communion at St. Michael's, was Confirmed there, did every First Friday Mass there for 8 school years, and sat thru far too many funerals there for St. Michael's not to mean something special to me.
Interior-wise St. Michael's is very nice and just may be one of my favorite churches because of that. It is spacious and bright, has great stained glass windows and there is an overall warm feel to it that I get whenever I walk in. Feels like home literally.
It is exterior-wise that I just can't look at St. Mike's too long because all I can think about is that it looks more like a barn than it does a church.
I guess, to be kind, we could say that it is wine colored but still, it looks to me like a mash up of an 84 Lumber Building and a Big Barn Furniture Store with a bell tower smacked on its front.
But back to where I started regarding Paris' Notre Ugly. I have now visited it several times and try as I may to be objective knowing that Gothic architecture doesn't do much for me, I still think ND tries too hard to be cool and has just way too much of everything. Simple is good and more is better, but Notre Dame is way, way too much over the top for me. For instance, whereas as most churches only have one bell tower, Notre Dame has two making it's front entry look more like a football goal post than a cathedral.
|As Viewed From Montparnasse Tower|
|Buzzy and Tour Group Sizing Up Notre Dame From the Outside|
One final note (maybe real final) in all likelihood my funeral will be held at St. Michael's some day. Afterwards, I will be interred next door in the graveyard for eternity looking at the church every day just as I did in my formative school years. Full circle wouldn't you say? No problem. I just wish they'd paint old Mike another color.