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

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating If you're in Paris, Notre-Dame is a must see. Iconic and beautiful. Beware of pigeon mobs outside, you are unlikely to see such pigeon population density again in your life. That said, unless you really hate pigeons, visit.

George Monaghan - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful Cathedral, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France. The facade is amazing. Take your time to be amazed. See the gargoyles After that, stand in line to enter the cathedral. It's free and worth the wait. (It took us about 15 minutes to enter.) Inside take a moment to see how huge it is. It's 130 m long and 35 m high. The Rose Window is beautiful, as is the choir and the high altar and the organ.

Monique Könning - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The church is worth seeing just for the size on it's own. The cathedral blew me away with it's height and altogether architecture. It's an iconic sight to behold with your own eyes. The inside has many different room where you can go to see these pieces of art with religious undertones. There was a line in front of the church, which was mildly annoying, but not a deal breaker. I also enjoyed the garden behind the Notre-Dame. It wasn't too big, but was kinda fancy, which is nice.

Tomas Havranek - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Definitely worth while to visit while you're here in Paris. There are some amazing stained glass art here. Long queues if you go during peak tourist season. You have the opportunity to go up as well and you'll see a great view of Paris (not free though). If you're a student in EU and 26 years old or younger, you can get in with your student ID and ID to prove your age.

Shirley Yeung - 2 months ago

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