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Notre Dame Cathedral

This imposing masterpiece of French gothic architecture, sits in the heart of Paris, providing a serene place of worship for devotees of religion and art.

Situated at the very heart of Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral remains one of the most stunning icons of this beautiful city. The cathedral sits on island in the River Seine, called Île de la Cité – the central point from which distances from Paris to all parts of France are measured. Immortalised in countless novels and films, this centre of worship has been built and rebuilt over the centuries into the monument it is today – with construction beginning in 1163, and ending two hundred years later, and a massive restoration project taking place over two decades in the mid-19th century – a testament to the people of France and to their faith.

The drama of the gothic outside to the cathedral can be appreciated from many vantage points along the banks of the Seine, or even from the river itself, on one of the many boat tours that pass by here. The imposing west façade, seen from the Place du Parvis, is the main entrance to the cathedral with its three doorways framed by intricately carved religious scenes. For an alternative view, head to Square Jean XXIII on the south and east sides of the cathedral where you can see the massive flying buttresses at their best.

Inside the cathedral, take a moment to admire the intricate decoration on show, including the ancient stained-glass windows, which fill the cathedral with colour on sunny days, and the majestic Grand Organ. For a closer look and to learn more about the history of the building, join one of the hour-long guided yours, or pick up an audio guide or brochure if you prefer to find your own way round.

Climb up to see the world-famous towers, which are a historic treasure and will always be associated with Victor Hugo’s classic novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. A 50-minute tour is available to take you through the upper sections of the west façade and have a closer look at the gargoyles and the colossal Emmanuel bell. A charge applies for this visit.

There is even more to discover beneath the cathedral in the Archaeological Crypt, which lies 80 metres below ground. This contains fascinating artefacts from when Paris was a Roman city, known as Lutece. The crypt is open daily, except for Mondays and public holidays.

Admission to the cathedral is free. Notre Dame Cathedral is located on Île de la Cité and is accessible by public transport or car, with some on-street parking available.


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