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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris
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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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  • Majestic, to strongly advise location. great symbol of Christianity. architectural masterpiece.
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  • Not to be missed. Linda Church, well located for walking. Near the Louvre, Alexander bridge and other attractions. Has one of the world's most famous stained-glass Windows.
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  • Upon entering I had goosebumps. everything as I expected ... magnificent cathedral and at the same time grotesque! Unforgettable experience
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This cathedral is so impressive and I'm not a fan of gothic architecture. The outside has such spectacular detail, I spent more time visiting the outside than the inside. Inside it is dark and mystic, the ceilings draw your eyes to the heavens and the stained glass is stunning.
  • It looks really beautiful, but it's not too different from any other Gothic church. If you only go to one church in Paris, this is definitely the one you should go to. The church is free, but there's usually a long line. If you are not in a hurry, that's fine, but if you are, maybe you should go super early or in the evening. Be careful with conman and thieves.
  • One of the important places that you should visit if you are in Paris. The cathedral is one of the top 5 city landmarks and one of the top 3 most famous in the world. Very beautiful... Must see!