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The Protectors of Paris

FRANCE | Friday, 26 April 2013 | Views [321]

High above, from a fixed abode on top of the Notre Dame, gargoyles watch over the city. They are the grim guardians of Paris.

I am a newcomer to the capital of France, but these carved creatures have been here for more than a century, warding off evil spirits.

The one next to me, whose face is cradled in his hands, pensively gazes down at the concrete maze which teems with life. He has witnessed a tumultuous past and now mulls over an uncertain future.

The buildings coldly glow under a fading sun while my immobile companions and I continue to watch the surreal scene. Far below, the people and vehicles are oblivious insects, vainly engaged in a never-ending crawl.

Soon it’s time to go and I turn away without bidding adieu to the bizarre beasts. I rush down the spiraling staircase as though demons are chasing me.

The gargoyles remain hovering over the Gothic Cathedral, destined to be silent sentinels forever.

Tags: france, gargoyle, notre dame, paris

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