Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world

Notre Dame
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The Notre Dame Cathedral is a name that many people will know. Notre Dame de Paris is its full name, meaning Our Lady of Paris. The cathedral is built in the Gothic style and is a Roman Catholic church that is still in use today. It is considered by many to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.

The Notre Dame received much notoriety from the famous novel 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' by renowned author Victor Hugo which was published in 1831. Today it attracts over 13 million visitors and pilgrims each year. In holding with the view that worshiping the Lord should be open to all, there is no entrance fee to the cathedral. Visitors are asked to dress appropriately and to be as quiet as possible so as not to disturb those who come to worship in its hallowed halls.

A number of significant events have taken place in the Notre Dame Cathedral. Some of those events include the coronation of Henry VI as king of France, the marriage of James V of Scotland to Madeleine of France, the coronation of Napoleon I, as well as the beautification and canonization of Joan of Arc.

The Notre Dame Cathedral was built on the exact site of the first Parisian Christian church, Saint Etienne basilica. The basilica was built on the site of a Roman temple to Jupiter. Thus the Notre Dame Cathedral symbolizes the victory of Christianity over the pagan Roman gods to some pilgrims.

Though the Cathedral was ravaged during the French Revolution, it has been beautifully restored. It is a shame that the statues and stained glass windows destroyed during that time are lost forever. In spite of this desecration the Cathedral still has many architectural features that must be seen. There are the portals, the west front with its two enormous towers and the stained glass windows that remain, including the various rose windows.

The Notre Dame Cathedral is visited by many people each day and hundreds come to attend the various mass services. If you truly want to experience the Roman Catholic church then this is the place to do it.

Nearby attractions: Sainte Chapelle and The Latin Quarter

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Access to the cathedral is open and free of charge every day of the year, during the opening hours. Donations are welcome if you feel it is appropriate. Access to the cathedral Towers is free with the Paris Pass otherwise admission charges apply.

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

Phone: 01 42 34 56 10

Official Website: Notre Dame Cathedral


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M4Saint-Michel7 minutes
M10Cluny - La Sorbonne6 minutes
M1, 7, 11, or 14Châtelet12 minutes
RER B or CSaint-Michel - Notre-Dame6 minutes

How to get to Notre Dame Cathedral by Metro / RER

By Metro: From Metro Line 4 exit at Saint-Michel Station and cross the road to your right and walk north straight across the Saint-Michel Bridge. You will already see the Notre Dame to your right as you are crossing the bridge. From Metro Line 1,7,11, or 14 exit at Châtelet Station and follow Rue Saint-Denis south and cross the bridge over the Seine. Keep walking south on Blvd du Palais and go left just before the next bridge. The Notre Dame is straight ahead. From Cluny - La Sorbonne Station exit and go east to Rue Saint-Jacques; then left (north)continuing across the bridge.

By RER: Take RER B or C to Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame Station and cross the Saint-Michel Bridge. Notre Dame is visible on your right.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris Star Rating

4 Star Rating One of the most popular cathedrals in the world and certainly an eye-catcher. The outer architecture is indeed gorgeous with the gargoyles on the top adding to the spectacle. Note Dame is on a tiny island on the river Seine and is bet reachable by public transport to the closest metro and then a 5-10 minute walk over the bridges. The cathedral is visible from long distances and is easy to locate from there on. Lots of tourists throughout the day. Climbing to the top of the cathedral also possible with a ticket.

SACHIT VARMA - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Don’t simply pass by this incredible building and fascinating history. Walk around it, take a guide tour, go inside and then walk around it again. Every time you visit, look at it from a different angle or perspective you will find something even more fascinating. The finished work is something to behold but the many histories of Paris and the Cathedral are even more compelling and was the real value we found during our many visits. Don’t be put off by the long line to get in, it takes only 10-15 min and you are inside, which if you take a guided tour fills you with new information and fascination for once you are inside. Be respectful once you are inside, regardless of your beliefs or curiosity, it is still a place of worship.

Tony Ridley - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Gorgeous Cathedral located in Paris definitely worth the visit. Not only on the inside but on the outside as well. The details of the architecture is breathtaking. *One night while going for a walk, we revisited the Cathedral to see its nighttime beauty and sat down on one of the benches. It's quite calm at that time and there's seldom people, which is nice. If you're familiar with the Cathedral and it's surroundings you know that there's a few large squares of plants &flowers where people can sit around on. That being said, at night, what we observed to our great astonishment, is that coming out of those squares were many...many rats ! You read correctly. I wrote RATS ! If people/tourists only knew that while they were sitting/lying there and eating/drinking and taking selfies, there are rats about 5 inches from them. They hide in the plants and come out to feed at night and even rummage through the gridded garbage cans. Matter of fact, they run all over the place. It was hilarious to see. I counted about 12 of them while I stood on the bench while clenching my purse.* Back to the Cathedral, rats or no rats, it's definitely an important & interesting part of France's history.

Chateau Versailles - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating Must must see in Paris. If you are going to mass there is a separate queue to get in so don't get in the long visitors queue or you could miss mass. The international Sunday mass have about two sentences in English. You are best going to the mass that suits your time the most as there is limited difference in the international Vs the others. Place is stunning. If you want to go up the tower it's booked in time slots. Definitely book online the day before.

Brian Joseph - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I was able to check this off my bucket list on Nov-17. It was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. The details that make this place the wonder it is are many and very intricate. The building is amazing in itself, and then you look at the doors, and they have their own details of beauty. It's sad that buildings like these are few and far in between. You're transported from the moment you walk in to a time of beauty, piety, and respect/honor for things of the past. You feel a reverence and peace walking in. I caught myself praising the Lord for the ability to see this place, and for the blessing of having an architect with such vision of beauty.

E. T. O. - 2 months ago


Interesting overview about the history and significance of Notre Dame in Paris

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