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  • Address: 6 Place du Parvis Notre Dame
  • Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 6:45pm; weekends 8am - 7:15pm
  • Admission: Free

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Notre Dame Cathedral

If Paris has a heart, then this is it. The cathedral of Notre Dame (Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris) is not only a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, but has also been Catholic Paris' ceremonial focus for seven centuries. The cathedral's immense interior, a marvel of medieval engineering, holds over 6,000 people and has spectacular rose windows.

Although Notre Dame is regarded as a sublime architectural achievement, there are all sorts of minor anomalies, the result of centuries of aesthetic intervention. These include a trio of main entrances that are each shaped differently, and are accompanied by statues that were once coloured to make them more effective as Bible lessons for the masses. The interior is dominated by a 7,800-pipe organ that was restored but has not worked properly since.

Practical Info

Notre Dame is located on the Ile de la Cité, an island in the middle of the Seine River. It is close to many of the main attractions of Paris and is easily reached by foot. Or catch the metro line 4 to Cité.

It's well worth the effort of climbing the 387 steps of the north tower. This will bring you to the top of the west facade and face to face with many of the cathedral's most frightening gargoyles, which enjoy a spectacular view of Paris.

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Paris Latin Quarter Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 149 Reviews

Discover the Latin Quarter's hidden secrets on an afternoon stroll through the legendary Left Bank district. This Paris neighborhood contains more history and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $22.83

Best Paris Express City Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 48 Reviews

This sightseeing tour will give you the unique opportunity to discover Paris, its history and its major landmarks.

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.97

Paris Night Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 380 Reviews

Paris Night Bike Tour is perfect for both those new to the city and Parisian veterans. For the beginners, this tour will offer you a fantastic orientation and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.53

Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 382 Reviews

Skip the line to climb the Notre Dame Cathedral Bell Towers and explore 2000 years of tumultuous Parisian history from the dark ages to the City of Light. By ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.96

After-Hours Tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral Towers

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the towers of Paris’ famous Notre-Dame Cathedral after hours. When the daytime crowds dissipate and the towers ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.96

Paris Seine River Brunch Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

See the sites of Paris in style and enjoy brunch on the river, on a 1.5-hour cruise along the Seine River. Begin your river cruise in the center of Paris and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.52

Photographer's Walking Tour of Paris - The Latin Quarter

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Discover the world’s most photogenic city through a photographer’s eyes on a 3-hour private Paris walking tour. Choose between a tour of the bustling Latin ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.62

Bateaux Parisiens Christmas Seine River Cruise with 6-Course Meal and Live Music

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Get into the Christmas spirit with an elegant Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch on a 2- or 2.5-hour Seine River cruise. Sip a festive Champagne ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $97.04

Private Tour: Paris City Sightseeing and Seine River Cruise with Lunch at the Eiffel Tower

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Experience the delights of Paris on this full-day private tour, combining a minivan sightseeing tour, lunch on the Eiffel Tower and a Seine cruise. See top ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.41

Private Tour: Paris Historical Walking Tour and Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum with Guide

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Discover the fascinating history and picture-perfect beauty of Paris on this private walking tour led by an expert local guide. Starting on historic Île ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $238.60

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