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.
Notre-Dame de Paris is one of my personal favorites sights of Paris. It is a beautiful cathedral with amazing detail, inside and out. The architecture of the building is amazing ad well as the designs of all of the people in the front side of the building.
While it is somewhat true that once you've seen one cathedral, you've seen them all, Notre Dame is still one of the queens of cathedral-dom. Go on a Sunday evening-the square out front has a street fair atmosphere. Didn't do the climb-lines too long, day was too hot. Make sure you walk over to the left back to get the views from accros the river.
If you're not in reasonably good shape, do not even attempt the climb. The stairway narrows considerably as you approach the top.
I visited on my last day in Paris and had my backpack on and my carry on luggage with me.
Once at the top, the view is spectacular from all directions.
Don't forget to take a few photos of those classic gargoyles, with the city as a back drop, they define the Paris experience.
I have been visiting Paris regularly since I was a college student in the 60's and studied at the Sorbonne in 1963. I continue to be enthralled and dazzled by the food, the architecture, the diversity of art, and the charm. I never tire of visiting the Louvre, the Rodin, the Picasso Museum, the Musee d'Orsay, etc. The Rembrandts in the Louvre, Whistler's Mother in the Orsay, the dazzling outdoor sculpture at La Defense (the Grande Arch)--not mentioned in many guidebooks but as interesting as the Rodin museum--the new Musee du Quai Branley, close to the Eiffel Tower, a museum of indigenous art which is one of the most innovative museums I've ever seen--all of this with the best food in the world. This is why I travel from California to Paris almost every year.
Timing is the key to a visit to Notre Dame. I wanted my son to climb with me the 422 steps up the tower. I wanted him to see the almost unbelievable sight of the steps themselves. They are made of stone, but are worn into deep curves by the soles of millions of pairs of shoes over the ages. It makes you think. However, we got there in the early afternoon, and by that time the lines are hopeless. Your only chance is to get there about 10:00 an get in a short line for the 10:30 opening up the steps of the tower . Missing that was my only regret of our trip to France. We did go back early one Sunday and were able to see the interior at about 8:00 a.m., but there are no guided tours at that time and a service is in progress, so you must remain silent. Still, my son and I enjoyed that very much. They allow photos, just no flash. I wish they would clean the stonework inside the cathedral. Centuries of smoke from the many candles have darkened the interior and it could use a good cleaning. Still, this is a wonderful place to visit -- just go early.
Notre-Dame de paris is just a big cathedrale in my view. Nothing else special than the other cahtedrale (and some of them is more beutiful than Notre-Dame even it smaller). Anyway, the view with Gargoyle on the top of it is also beautiful.
The outstanding handling of new architectural techniques in the 13th century, and the harmonious marriage of sculptural decoration with architecture,
has made Notre Dame in Reims one of the masterpieces of Gothic art. The former abbey still has its ...
Notre Dame's twin towers have served as an Old Montreal landmark since the Neo Gothic basilica was finished in 1829.
Today they continue to be the focal point, where tourists disgorge from buses and calèche drivers line up for ...
In a typical and quiet little street, looking out on the seine quays and facing Notre Dame Cathedral, stands the
Notre Dame Hotel, the Paris residence. Its wide facade, which once must have been a shop window, opens onto ...