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 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating Absolutely stunning! Very cool history, and is worth the wait. Wasn't able to get tickets to the bell tower, but if you like that kind of thing it sounded like everyone was happy. We went right around sunset. It was gorgeous.

Jamey Campbell - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing Church. Its a must to visit in France. Take a look at it if you are there. I highly recommend it.

Carlos Terenzi - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful and old church. You'll probably get a line to get into the church but totally worth it! Before the entrance you can see the archs in stone all carved out. It's amazing.

Victor Hugo Lopes - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating Great Cathedral and Architecture. This place it's must see while in Paris, the cathedral is an architecture wonder just like a lot of other attractions in Paris, the details in the stones, the year it was built and the fact that is a working church and it's history makes all worth it. Starting once you arrive outside or from the train leaves you you get to see it from everywhere and it just there telling you take a picture, I really like the area in front and around the cathedral, you can take great photos doesn't matter where you stand. Lines were pretty quick and once you're inside there's no limit, you can take as many pictures as you want but "no selfie sticks" please, there's a lot of people in and out and it's free of charge, once inside you start to appreciate the details of the cathedral, how much work was done by the architects and builders, truly a site to see. Again, I would recommend Notre-Dame Cathedral, it's an architecture wonder and it's a must see while in Paris.

Miguel Martinez - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful cathedral, entrance lines are long but move quickly, unlike the line to go up in the tower. They only take 20 people at a time to go up in the tower so the line moves very slowly, we chose not to go up after hearing many say that it wasn't worth the wait. The Creche (Nativity) display was spectacular and very similar to those seen in Naples.

Elizabeth Dale-Priestley - 29 days ago


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

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