Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

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Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris HISTORY

Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris) is a gothic cathedral in Paris’s fourth arrondissement.

Original construction began in 1163, with the first stone supposedly laid in the presence of Pope Alexander III. At this time, it was the project of the bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully who built it as a religious focal point in the city dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the original “Lady of Paris” or “Notre Dame de Paris”.

Notre Dame Cathedral has since undergone numerous building and refurbishment campaigns, with several religious, political and royal leaders determined to leave their mark on this impressive building. It was also necessary to rebuild parts of it following the French Revolution, when much of Notre Dame and its religious artifacts were destroyed.

Notre Dame Cathedral is still an operating church, but visitors are also welcome to tour the building and appreciate both its beauty and sheer size. Some of the highlights at Notre Dame include its stained glass windows, gothic architecture and many sculptures.

Free tours are conducted throughout the year, Monday to Friday at 2 and 3pm (except the first Friday of the month and every Friday during Lent) as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm.

The nearby tower outside the cathedral is also worth a visit. Dating back to the 13th century, it houses the 17th Century Emmanuel Bell as well as Viollet-le-Duc’s 19th century chimera and gargoyles. Those feeling particularly fit can climb its 387 steps for magnificent views.

Also recommended is the archeological crypt just to the west of Notre Dame Cathedral and located under the Parvis. This underground crypt was built to protect ancient ruins found in 1965 and can be accessed via a staircase opposite Notre Dame Cathedral, near the Police Headquarters.

Finally, Notre Dame’s Treasury houses some of the relics of the Passion of Christ including the famous Crown of Thorns.

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Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris TOURIST INFORMATION

DIRECTIONS TO Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

To get to Notre Dame by Metro: line 4 (Station Cite or Saint Michel), lines 1 and 11 (Station Hôtel de Ville), line 10 (Station Maubert-Mutualité or Cluny – La Sorbonne) and lines 7, 11 and 14 (Station Châtelet). By RER take line B or C to Station Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame. Buses 24 and 47 both stop at Notre Dame.




Notre Dame Cathedral is open weekdays from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 7:15am to 6pm. Entry is free. The reception office is open from 9am on weekdays and 9:30am on weekends, closing at 6pm. Just note that services are held throughout the week, all day on Sundays.

Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris HISTORIC INFORMATION

NAME: Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris
Alt Name: Notre Dame de Paris
Country: France
Sub-Region: -
Date: 1100AD - 1199AD
City/Town: Paris
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Resorts: Paris, Versailles,


Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris ADDRESS

Place du Parvis Notre Dame, 75004 Paris, Île-de-France, France

Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris PHONE NUMBER

+33 1 42 34 56 10

Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris EMAIL

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Dan Carpenter 08 Mar, 2015

In 1996, I first saw the flying buttresses of Notre Dame. Just think, 300-400 years older than the Renaissance geniuses, and we don't even know the name of the architect.

France Lacoursiere 17 Mar, 2014

Paris will always be Paris! And Paris would not be Paris without Notre-Dame: the first thing you want to see. At least I did on my first trip ever in ... 1985. One of the finest gothic monument in France but not the first of Sully's work: St-Etienne de Sens was well underway. It was the time of the cathedrals.


Absolutely nothing bad about this site. No queues when we went, as beautiful inside as it is outside and free to enter, perfect. The scale of the cathedral is staggering, especially when you take in the whole thing by standing at the back. Believe the hype.