Climbing the 387 steps to the top of this masterpiece is well worth the effort for the spectacular view. Construction of the ... More
Notre Dame Cathedral
Climbing the 387 steps to the top of this masterpiece is well worth the effort for the spectacular view. Construction of the first great Gothic cathedral began in 1163 and was largely completed by 1212. The rebuilding of the two transept gates in 1270 marked its completion. The west face is adorned with three richly decorated doorways and crowned with two 69-meter (226-foot) towers. The cathedral is busy at the best of times, especially on Sundays, when much of the building is closed to visitors.
You will be amazed!!
It is free to get in if I remember correctly. N.D is a classic and worth the time!!!! The Latin Quarter is near by and good for cheap Paris shopping. But N.D is overall a cool experience. Did you know that it took over 300 years to build? ND is also on an Island
Step onto the compound and be in awe. The Notre Dame is as grand and spectacular as imagined. Walk into the church and the architecture of the church is brillant. Move into the church and take a look at the stained glass which are so beautiful. It is definately recommended to step in, even for 5 minutes. Being in there is so grand and peaceful.
Just going into the church itself does not require payment but there are offertory boxes for kind donations.
And for a affordable price for 9 euros (half that is you are under 25), you can take a walk up to the bell tower. You have to climb up and climb down so do not attempt this if you are not prepare to work a slight sweat. But the view on top is beautiful. And you can take a look at the gargoyles up close and the famous Emanuel, the big bell on top.
It is worth the time and money if you really want to see the Notre Dame. But skip the climb if you cannot afford the money, the time or the sweat.
i love Paris and i hope you and your family go there and see all the amazing things that i got to see there is so many places so stay more than a week because you need more than that to see all the attractions that are there!
Very crowded even at opening time. Many visitors have no respect that this is a church. The interior is pretty dark. Sainte-Chappelle and Eglise St. Eustache less crowded and much prettier with beautiful stained glass.
I'm not Catholic, so I usually have a difficult time appreciating large churches and cathedrals. However, I do have a great love for gothic architecture and Notre Dame filled that love. When there, it is impossible to focus on one feature of the building because there is so much to see. Despite this, it is not a place that is 'busy,' rather all of the sculptures, windows, and gargoyles fit it well. It was my absolute favorite feature of Paris, and as a first time visitor, helped me to realize why this city is so well loved. I am going back this summer, and can't wait to see Notre Dame again.
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