France Post has issued a block of stamps commemorating the 850th anniversary of the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris.
The background of the block shows a general view of the cathedral from the Seine side, two stamps highlight the details of the stained glass window located in the west.
The quatrefoil stamp illustrates the threshing of cereals and the round stamp features the Blessed Virgin and Child. 850 years ago passed after the first stone was laid in the foundation of the future Notre-Dame Cathedral, under the direction of the bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, and in the presence of Pope Alexander III. Through the construction of the cathedral, this huge urban project allowed Paris to assert its place in the rising kingdom of France. This building, supported by King Louis VII, saw the participation of Church, aristocracy and common people. The Notre-Dame Cathedral is built in the Gothic style, facing the rising sun in the East, in the form of a cross. Notre-Dame measures 130 meters long, 48 wide, 35 high and can accommodate over 6000 people. It was renovated after the horrors of the Revolution by the architect Viollet le Duc in 1844. Notre-Dame has one of the finest organs in the world and a collection of bells, some of which will be renovated at the 850th anniversary of the cathedral. A new great bell (Marie # 2) as well as eight other bells will be implemented in the north tower recreating ringing of the year 1769.