Visitors are greeted by a looming gothic gate, the kind used to signify that important residents lie behind its Spires.
A view looking beyond the Spires of Notre Dame reveals the urban chaos about to be demolished.
The purple hues of the early evening sky paint a picturesque backdrop against the silhouettes of domes and Spires.
Old English spir "sprout, shoot, stalk of grass," from Proto-Germanic *spiraz (cf. Old Norse spira "a stalk, slender tree," Middle Low German spir "a small point or top"), from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)). Meaning "tapering top of a tower or steeple" first recorded 1590s (a sense attested in Middle Low German since late 14c. and also found in the Scandinavian cognates). The verb is first recorded early 14c.