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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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  • This architecture is impressive to say the least. We never made it inside due to the huge queue but it was impressive enough from the outside. To get in is free so if you can manage to get inside you ...  more »
  • The Notre Dame Cathedral is GORGEOUS! We went on a Sunday morning during mass and the music and organ were just spectacular. We were disappointed not to be able to do the audio tour (not available unt...  more »
  • The interior of the church is just magnificent with soaring ceilings and stained glass that will take your breath away. It is free to enter. If AT ALL possible, visit early in the morning before the t...  more »
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  • 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.
  • How can you NOT give Notre Dame 5 stars? Go early to beat the crowds. We went at 9:00 am and nearly had the place to ourselves. Towers open for visitors to walk up at 10:00. I highly recommend signing up for a guided tour. The one we did lasted one hour and gave us just enough historical information to enrich our visit. Even if you don't do a tour, you will be impressed. Simply beautiful. Also, check their web site because they sometimes have concerts and other special events.
  • The Notre Dame is such a beautiful monument, situated at central Paris. It is huge from inside and so well made. The carvings, glass facade and rich history inside will stun almost everyone. I would advise interested people to take a guided tour to learn about the rich history of this place, which started construction nearly 900 years ago. We stood in a huge line outside for about 15 minutes to get inside, however the heavenly architecture of the building truly captivated us all.
  • A great place to visit the lines don't last long to enter the cathedral. This place is very nice to see. It's one of the biggest cathedral in Paris. To go up the cathedral to the roof there is a fee. But entering the main floor is free admissions. A great place to visit at least once.