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. Make Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris a part of your Paris vacation plans using our Paris trip itinerary planning app .
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  • Finally got to see Notre Dame! Amazing to see how a 850 year old church is still standing up proud. Attended mass too. Great experience  more »
  • must point. not everyone is not the Virgin. great cathedral inside. Worth do not miss and fortress on top. but many small skalia in too big
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  • Beautiful breath taking. We visited inside. It was Sunday and there was mass. The security service is impressive. Wonderful even if only from outside.
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  • Surprisingly, the tourist were allowed to walk around the entire cathedral while services were going on. This was not only distracting, but not respectful to the mass. The site itself was impressive, but without paying there is not much to see. Also the ushers during the service were borderline rude. While the collection was being taken, one basket was passed to us and we were able to make a contribution. Another usher came by a few seconds later and tried to pass the basket to us again. When we didn't put anything in to the contribution basket, we received several dirty looks and the usher receiving the basket jiggled the coins and then offered it to us AGAIN! All of this occurred DURING a service. I was very sad that this type of activity was happening in such a beautiful place.
  • Great thing about Paris, is it is very walkable. Walking along the Seine River, meandering around to this church was nice in itself. The early AM line went fairly quickly as it was not complicated by excessive security checks. Inside, people were respectful and I appreciated the areas of the church where it outlines the history of the structure. Take time to get behind the alter and peek through the windows to the downstairs.
  • When we got to the Cathedral the line was easily a city block long I really didn't want to wait in line for an hour. As we stood there it started to move pretty fast, free admission! I really enjoyed getting to participate in their service, the Church is still actively worshiping Jesus and displaying generations of it's existence. On the circumference of the sanctuary there are displays set up for you to observe some historical and some are significant events of the church and nation. ie.Notable priests, Joan of Arc, etc. We spent 2 hours here could've taken more but were able to see everything and pick up a souvenir in the shop inside the church in that time.
  • How can you put less than five stars here? Marvellous architecture, in all of its possible views: outside in front, to the rear (do not miss it, it is beautiful), inside with these giant ancient windows original at that old times. You must not miss to reach the roof either. Some stairs and there you are, gargoyles at one meter of distance or less, bells ringing very close, and a wonderful outstanding view on Paris. I just find too bad that there is not so much control at the roof. It is getting ruined by vandals fast..
  • Beautiful, as ever. Crowds, as expected. Get there early to avoid the large crowd. You can go up to the top (387 stairs up, and 387 back down - no elevator). You'll need a time ticket from the kiosk around the left corner from the main entrance. Times to go up usually range from 1-3 hours AFTER you get your ticket. So, get your time to go up, then go inside. Going inside is free, up to the top is 10€.

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