Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris

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Widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris allegedly contains some of Catholicism's most significant relics, including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails. Small, individually crafted statues adorn the exterior and serve as column supports and waterspouts; among these are the famous gargoyles and chimeras designed for water run-off. The cathedral is well known for its statue of the Virgin and Child, its antique organ, and its great bell. A large archaeological crypt exhibit combines detailed models of the architecture from different periods as well as underground ruins. You'll see, for instance, the amazing heating system installed under the floor during the Roman occupation. To visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris on your trip to Paris, use our Paris vacation planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The great Cathedral with his paintings and stained-glass Windows. Would have been great to have a guide. There was for those wishing to confess, a priest for each language. Then we booked with the app that is exposed on the left side of the Cathedral, to climb the towers. 400 steps of the spiral staircase, the North Tower, along with dragons, gargoyles, birds enjoying the vision of Paris, then Emmanuel the Bell that thanks to jewelry and precious stones combined with bronze donated by women of Paris, when it was merged was a pure sound. But when you all 400 steps that you see is great, besides having need of oxygen tanks. But the greatest satisfaction when I went down and I realized that I did. Yay
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  • August 18, 2017
    Came here on a very hot day in the middle of August and we hadn't prebooked. Big mistake, the queues are massive so make sure you pay to jump the queue. Beautiful area and pictures  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    a must do during your trip to Paris, many bars near always very busy with visitors nice building
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  • September 5, 2017
    When we got to the Cathedral the line was easily a city block long I really didn't want to wait in line for an hour. As we stood there it started to move pretty fast, free admission! I really enjoyed getting to participate in their service, the Church is still actively worshiping Jesus and displaying generations of it's existence. On the circumference of the sanctuary there are displays set up for you to observe some historical and some are significant events of the church and nation. ie.Notable priests, Joan of Arc, etc. We spent 2 hours here could've taken more but were able to see everything and pick up a souvenir in the shop inside the church in that time.
  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful. One of the proud experience as a catholic to visit this historic architecture. One have to wait in the cues for hours to get into this marvel of architecture but worth visiting it as this is one of the few things that can't be missed as a tourist in Paris. The construction of this beautiful piece of French Gothic art took almost 200 years, watching the mysterious Gargoyles will take your breath away. The view from the top is stunning. Missing this place.
  • July 31, 2017
    Beautiful, as ever. Crowds, as expected. Get there early to avoid the large crowd. You can go up to the top (387 stairs up, and 387 back down - no elevator). You'll need a time ticket from the kiosk around the left corner from the main entrance. Times to go up usually range from 1-3 hours AFTER you get your ticket. So, get your time to go up, then go inside. Going inside is free, up to the top is 10€.
  • August 18, 2017
    Wow!! I have been to many church's in the world but this exceeded my imagination! I felt I was thrown back in history and attending church back in the past. The word beautiful does not justify this place, this spectacular work of art has been seen and welcomed thousands of people I the past and all over the world. It is an experience you will never forget, go to this place!
  • July 15, 2017
    It's a cool cathedral. Beware that it's very busy and you have to stand in a huge line before you can get in (the wait is somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes). It has some nice artwork on the inside even though I've seen better to be honest. They also offer a free guided tour if you're interested.

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