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-Dam de Paris is a must visit... but it's NOT the best Cathedral to visit. Go to the cathedral at St. Denis (take the subway and it's the last stop on that line) where most of the kings of France were buried and you'll see LOTS of neat stuff and won't be in a mass of tourists.
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.
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
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