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Afterward, head on to Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide and admire its striking Gothic façade before stepping inside to explore further. Widely considered among the most famous churches in the world, Notre Dame Cathedral was built during the reign of King Louis VII in the 12th century and it stands today as one of Paris’ most iconic medieval buildings. Admire the stained-glass windows and religious artifacts on display and learn the significance behind several of the surviving statues.
Continue on to the Sainte Chapelle, a 13th-century church constructed by King Louis IX. During your visit, marvel at the spectacular stained-glass windows in the nave and listen as your guide details the stories they tell.
Your visit after the Sainte Chapelle will proceed to the Conciergerie. This medieval building (which now houses the Paris law courts) is the oldest royal palace in Paris. It was the residence and seat of power of the French kings for centuries during the Middle Ages, then it was converted into a prison in the 15th century. You will see the impressive 14th century Hall of Men-at-arms where the banquets took place in the Middle Ages and the Guardroom with its gothic style vaults. Then you will tour the prison itself, with the Grooming room where the condemned prisoners were stripped from their personal belongings and you will see the different cells, including that of Marie-Antoinette, where she spent the last weeks of her life before being beheaded by guillotine.
Manuella did a great job showing us the sites of Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie. She was very personable, and knowledgeable. We would recommend her!
Manuela did a great job with the history of Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle.
Our private tour-guide, Marie Christine, was a veritable font of knowledge and we enjoyed every part of this tour. She was a Parisien who had lived overseas and was highly educated so one felt one received an unbiased historic account of these three amazing places. I'd highly recommend this tour, well worth the money.
Theresa C USA
Our guide was well spoken and very knowledgeable about all three locations. The tour is just about the right length of time to be a good overview of the sights.
It was a very enjoyable morning.
Excellent tour guide, extremely professional and has done this type of work for many years. We were the only 2 taking this first tour of the day so were able to ask any questions and have the guides full and immediately attention. We've been touring Europe for the past month and this guide was one of our favourites forgive us as we forget name, too long a holiday : Would highly recommend this tour to everyone as the history was amazing and were lucky enough to visit this Cathedral during a service. We were also provided a headset so never missed any information during the tour whilst service was in progress. Thank you for such a professional informative tour, we wish we had this guide for our entire trip.
Excellent tour. Marie-Christine was wonderful. She was prompt and very knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed Notre Dame, Saint Chappelle, and the Conciergerie and having Marie-Christine allowed us to full understand the history of these amazing landmarks. I would highly recommend this tour and MarieC
Emelie our guide was wonderful. She gave us interesting information that went well beyond the surface of the sights and gave us a view of Paris that made our experience too notch. She was friendly, extremely knwledgeable and very personable. I would recommend Emelie for ALl, tour of Paris etc
wmuraoka United States of ...
Very knowledgeable and because I was short on time, she was very accommodating.
Our guide was informative and friendly. We enjoyed the experience.
Chris our tour guide was an amazing resource of information as she walked as though these three important complexes. They played such an important role in French and Parisian history. Chris explained the historical significance, but also architectural features. We never would have been able to appreciate all of this without Chris' guidance. Headsets and books only go so far. This was an excellent tour. Highly recommended
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