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.
We went during the week of Thanksgiving so the lines weren't too long to get in the tower. It was free with the Museum Pass, otherwise it was 7 euros. You have to walk up a very long spiral staircase to get to the top, but halfway through there is a gift shop for you to browse and rest. If you want to buy something, do it right away because you don't exit the same way.
The very top was closed when we went, but we were up pretty high. The view was well worth all the stairs we had to climb. You can see the Eiffel Tower in the distance and obviously the Sen River, and a big castle on a hill in the other direction. The pictures turned out great, especially when you put a Gargoyle in the frame. You can get very creative.
First you can't beat the value....It doesn't cost anything to go inside the church. when we arrived they were just beginning the ceremony. We were handed a program that had every language you could think of and you could buy headphones that translated from Latin to whatever. It was beautiful and memorable. Everyone gives the french a hard time but it really wasn't that bad. If you are nice to them they are usually nice to you. Gotta watch the vendors and street merchants, but that is the same in any city or country
The Notre Dame Cathedral is a very nice photo stop, both the front and the back. As a teenager, however, I found the inside very boring. I only did two relatively enjoyable things there, lighting a candle and buying a commemorative coin.
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