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.
i have to go back there the veiw is beautiful i dont know who wouldnt like this place i want to go back every year last time i went alone but next time im going to bring my whole family i think it would look hevenly at Christmas timei really recomend it its an awesome expereince just really go i mean it will change your life for the better like wogee (my band teacher) always says travel when you have the chance you will not regret it and its worth your time
~Chandra Lynae Morris~
~Danielle Marie Graham~
One of the most awesome experiences we had in Paris was climbing the tower to the top of Notre Dame. We entered using our Museum Passes (a must for your Paris trip!) and climbed the zillion stairs to see the gargoyles and the bell up close and personal. We got some great photos, and then took the stairs to the top of the bell tower. Some of my best pictures of Paris (the Seine, Montmartre and Sacre Coeur) were taken up here. When you think about the hundreds of years it took to build this magnificent cathedral, that it houses the relic of Jesus' crown of thorns, and that it was the place where church leaders decided to rehabilitate the reputation of Jeanne d'Arc and make her a saint, you realize how truly special it is.
Words cannot describe this place. Shivers down my spine my entire time inside. Forget Esmerelda and Quasimodo, walk in and feel this place. The only thing I recommend is not to go while they are celebrating Mass.
I originally went here with a guided tour. It was nice to get all of the information about the history of the cathedral and the crypt beneath our feet. My daughter and I later went early the next day before it was very crowded. We walked around the entire outside of the cathedral while she drank her hot cocoa and I had my cafe' au lait..and of course..our brioche!! We strolled and looked at the architecture...the restoration that is still ongoing...and the roses, various plantings... etc. The flying buttresses were really magnificent...and I couldn't believe I was there! Upon entering the cathedral, I was really amazed that I was somewhere that was so old and significant ...not only to the Cathlics..but to the world. It was truly a spiritual experience. I felt a quiet calm come over me as we walked in amazement through this place of peaceful solitude. We lit candles for our loved ones who have gone on before us..and for the world. We bought a ticket to enter the towers on either side of the cathedral..(.boy ...we are talking..climb..climb...(Your ass will look really nice at the end of this trip)..What terrific views there are from up top. We got to see the bell tower and one of the actual original bells. I kept waiting for Quasimodo to run out...The water spouts...and gargoyles take on a life as you look at them so close up.. realizing they are so old and were hand carved. We went to the crypt down below the street and saw the ancient grounds. This was fascinating to say the least. I was so happy to have my daughter with me experiencing this together. We visited the Cathedral several more time during our two weeks in Paris. It became our favorite place and holds a very special place in our hearts and memories! I bought a rosary for my mother and when we finally left,,, I felt at peace...and as if a major part of my trip had been fulfilled. Having seen this historic place of worship...was one of the best parts of the trip!
Julie & Taylor
Key West, FL
Notre-Dame is unforgettable. The building is beautiful, the architecture is breathtaking, the atmosphere is tangible, and overall the experience is not to be missed. The Cathedrale, inside and out, is fascinating, but be warned that the tour of the gargoyles on the roof is wonderful, the view is to die for, but the stairs are very, very numerous, and the staircases are steep, narrow, and winding. People with heart conditions or who are claustrophobic should definitely sit this one out. But for everyone else, don't miss the opportunity to see this piece of history, you might not get another chance.
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