Notre Dame? How Inverness was meant to be the Paris of the North

If one of its principal architects had had his way, Inverness could have looked like a Paris of the north, and its cathedral more like Notre Dame.

How about Boulevard Queensgate, or Boulevard Union?

The influences are clearly there, even though the characteristic proportions and symmetry aren’t always easy to spot at ground level.

Inverness as the Paris of the north isn’t fantasy, but the reality infusing architect Alexander Ross’s plans for the substantial section of the city he was tasked with building in the 1860s.

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