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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  • This cathedral is about 900 years old and has a gothic design. We visited it during the day and night as well. Day was too crowded, prefer to go late in the evening. The church is huge and till has pr...  more »
  • Absolutely breathtakingly. What a wonderful experience to visit Notre Dame. The architecture was so beautiful!!!  more »
  • Magnificent architecture, hard to comprehend it has been standing for so long, beautiful by night when lit by all of the lights ....  more »
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  • "This review should be 5 but instead only gets 4" is the title. Unfortunately at the time of visit (March 2018l there was a lot of renovations, police presence and areas cordoned off so we didn't get the full experience. The building itself is incredible, a true marvel and something you'll not see anywhere else. If you are into just that, then perfect but trying to get inside has some busy busy queues. Bare in mind, we visited at Easter weekend (Christian holiday) so it understandably was going to be a bit busier than usual but with the current renovations, you don't feel like you are seeing some truly marvellous. It feels "too protected" (I used this loosely given recent circumstances) but nevertheless what you see is something quite extraordinary. You get a proper feel of the history of Paris just from the outside.
  • This is a breathtaking cathedral, inside and out. We really enjoyed visiting this, especially since we visited during the off season. It is amazing to think of the thought and expertise that went into building a structure of this sized, especially during the time period it was built. I loved the glass windows inside and there was a history exhibit inside detailing the construction of the cathedral. There is only a fee if you want to climb to the top parts of the cathedral and I believe you have to book those tickets online in advance, FYI.
  • Beautiful cathedral with gothic style. It's situated near river bank and it's a treat to watch this ancient building. You will see real good decent not never if crowd. I liked the pigeon and the way they come and sit on your shoulder is awesome. It's care taker comes and shakes hands then pigeons will start sitting on your head and shoulders. The building is really very ancient the structures roads around this place is really good on stroll around.
  • Do yourself a favor- if you’re standing in front of the Cathedral looking at it, walk to the left, take a ticket at the machine there, and come back at your assigned time to take the stairs up to the roof. It was the most delightful experience and the views can’t be beat! While waiting for your assigned time, you can visit the breathtaking cathedral/get a cup of coffee in the area. A wonderful experience all around.
  • Take advantage of your jet lag and go early if you are an American tourist. Gazing at the rose windows is one of the pinnacles of life, in my view. If you visit Paris often, you can sort of touch your past each time you gaze into the rose. Such beauty. The lines are long and the cathedral full during the day so it’s worth getting up early. Take the extra time to read the historical placards then wander about a bit and you’ll start seeing things you missed. Light a candle and take 15 min or half an hour to contemplate, meditate or pray, and settle into the history of the place. When else will you get this opportunity? Then walk around back along the river and stroll under the trees.
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