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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.
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
Wonderful guide. Private tour was a really amazing experience. Enjoyed our conversations with the guide over our wonderful coffee. The sites are not to be missed.
We had an excellent tour guide who showed us many things that we would never have seen. Highly recommend it!
The tour was EXCEPTIONAL in every way. My wife loves history. Our guide Chris was excellent - very relational and answered every question my wife had. After the tour, we felt we had learned a lot, had a great time and had a new friend in Chris. Highly recommend.
The tour was spectacular and was the highpoint of my trip! The tour with Francesca was absolutely fantastic! She was by far the best guide I have had the pleasure to spend time with. Her warm, endearing personality and depth of knowledge about French history and local insights for each of the sites was outstanding beyond compare. If you choose this tour, I would highly recommend that you request Francesca to be your guide. It was a complete joy to share this time with her.
We were so incredibly lucky since my wife and I were the only ones on the tour! Gwen, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and fun. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone that is going to Paris and I would make sure to tell them to ask for Gwen if she is available.
Guide Manuela was excellent!!
Very enjoyable. Our guide Emily was knowledgable and pleasant. Nice to avoid the entry lines
If we could rate this tour with more than 5 stars we definitely would. The architecture was spectacular along with obtaining a better understanding of the history of these amazing sites. Pushing our experience over the top was our personal guide, Francesca. What an amazing person! Her knowledge, passion for what she does, and her personality made this the greatest tour of our stay in Paris.
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