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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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. To visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris on your trip to Paris, use our Paris vacation planner.
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  • Beautiful & intricate work of art overall. Try to book your tickets online as getting inside is a task in itself because of long queues.  more »
  • Be sure to see all sides of the exterior. If you stop at the front only, you will miss so much. Incredible inside and out as well as such an experience to actually see THE cathedral.  more »
  • Wonderful. While we were there they had a service. Not quite a mass but lovely. Made the visit spiritual as well as historical and architecturally significant.  more »
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  • Well, if you seen one cathedral you've seen them all. That is certainly not true. This is one beautiful cathedral. A little strict on the women though. It may be time to rethink some legalism and theology.
  • Beautiful and empowering inside. Give generously when you exit. Pick a cool day to hike to top, very tightly packed area. Sign up for walking tour of island, so you do not have to stand in 1 to 2 hour line for climb to the top for views. Stuart. Los Angeles, .CA, USA
  • Stayed in Paris for 4 days and came here twice for hours. Both times it was packed at every turn. The structure itself is well preserved, VERY high ceilings, artifacts from its history, and many seats to seat and ponder. But for spirituality reasons, it gets 4 stars. It has no pure energy there. It has none at all. (Luxembourg has THE most peaceful and serene chapel I've been to in Europe). But if your going for sightseeing go early and you won't be disappointed.
  • We went here on our first night in Paris. The food was excellent. Every course unique and tasty. They worked very hard to accommodate our English. And the service was attentive and polite.
  • Beautiful but long lines prevented going inside. Be prepared to wait if you need to go in but if not the outside is spectacular. The flying buttresses holding up the church show the detail and engineering used. The statuary and gargoyles show the attention to detail and religious belief. Even though seen from the outside, the Rose windows were beautiful.

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