Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris

4.7
#1 of 3,086 in Historic Sites in France
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. Make Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris a part of your Paris vacation plans using our Paris trip itinerary planning app .
Create an itinerary including Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
map
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
59,518 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • A beautiful church on one of the most beautiful places in Paris, it's worth it just to go up and especially to those (monstrous) images outside, which there hanging over the city to watch out
    View original
  • I visited the cathedral in February, and can honestly say that even in the winter the cathedral is amazing. There is something about this place that makes you fell good, the inside of the cathedral is...  more »
  • A visit to do during a stay in Paris great place full of history and emotions
    View original
Google
  • Surprisingly, the tourist were allowed to walk around the entire cathedral while services were going on. This was not only distracting, but not respectful to the mass. The site itself was impressive, but without paying there is not much to see. Also the ushers during the service were borderline rude. While the collection was being taken, one basket was passed to us and we were able to make a contribution. Another usher came by a few seconds later and tried to pass the basket to us again. When we didn't put anything in to the contribution basket, we received several dirty looks and the usher receiving the basket jiggled the coins and then offered it to us AGAIN! All of this occurred DURING a service. I was very sad that this type of activity was happening in such a beautiful place.
  • Great thing about Paris, is it is very walkable. Walking along the Seine River, meandering around to this church was nice in itself. The early AM line went fairly quickly as it was not complicated by excessive security checks. Inside, people were respectful and I appreciated the areas of the church where it outlines the history of the structure. Take time to get behind the alter and peek through the windows to the downstairs.
  • 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.
  • How can you put less than five stars here? Marvellous architecture, in all of its possible views: outside in front, to the rear (do not miss it, it is beautiful), inside with these giant ancient windows original at that old times. You must not miss to reach the roof either. Some stairs and there you are, gargoyles at one meter of distance or less, bells ringing very close, and a wonderful outstanding view on Paris. I just find too bad that there is not so much control at the roof. It is getting ruined by vandals fast..
  • 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€.

Plan your trip to Paris

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Paris

Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Paris by other users

12 days in Italy, Paris & Lausanne BY A USER FROM INDIA May, teens, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Europe & Atlanta BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Switzerland, Italy & Paris BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 47 days in Europe BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 14 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA April, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Italy, Spain & Paris BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Paris BY A USER FROM INDIA April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 39 days in Europe BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans