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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  • Linda Church, I've never seen anything like it, but full of people. Worth knowing the entire Church, every corner. On our visit, I still find the crib assembled, the most beautiful thing! But, be very careful in the pictures in front of the Church, many scoundrels trying to scams and pick-pockets.
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  • Absolutely stunning place to visit - from the amazing architecture to the beautiful statues and the awe inspiring feeling you get walking around. You cannot help but feel humbled whilst you are there....  more »
  • Beautiful inside and out, well worth the wait in the rain to get in! Great approach from the Ile St- Louis too, across the bridge. and the surrounding gardens. So much to see, I put aside 2 hours, inc...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing! Full of history, beautiful, awe-inspiring. So much to look at so take enough time. The additional museum of treasures is also well worth the small extra cost. The paintings, statues, carvings, tile work, and architecture are fascinating. There's a great exhibit showing the church though the centuries, thankfully in several languages. I didn't do the audio tour, but it would have probably been a good idea. There's just so much to take in without enough context to fully appreciate it otherwise. It's not a requirement though. I still enjoyed every minute.
  • Wow! Wow! Wow! We did not know how Grand this Cathedral was until we saw it first hand. Very busy, as it it is a top five must see when in Paris. Well worth the line up to see the interior. We were very fortunate as there was a church service going on at the same time we toured. Take a day and go see this historic Cathedral. You won't be disappointed.
  • Wow! What an amazing place. It is an active church so you can attend a service there. Great time to wonder around for a few hours. And even the courtyard with all the pigeons was loads of fun. It is fascinating for someone like me being a Born again believer in Jesus (reformation Protestant) to look back at so much church history, both positive and negative. All the Beautiful work done here though and the stories of that work, architecture, and stained glass, of the devotion of those making them reminds me that even in the darkest times there are true Christians who try to honor Jesus and act like He did.
  • One of the most beautiful and largest church ever visited. Its huge and intricately beautiful. Its free to visit the cathedral. But if one wants to visit the towers then has to pay a fee. Try to visit early morning to avoid rush. The exterior can be well photographed towards the second half as the setting sun will lit up the entrance
  • No wonder people from all around come to beautiful Paris to see this place among many other Parisian treasures. Notre Dame is pure history and architecture. A colossal beauty. If you can avoid the lines and visit the crypt area, fantastic. If not, it's worth the wait anyways. This is a great landmark that must be visited and appreciated with calm and time. Don't be rushy.
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