Notre Dame Cathedral

6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Paris

4.5

The Notre Dame Cathedral is among the top attractions of Paris. It has many exquisite works of art. As you approach the building, its immense proportions leave you breathless.

The Notre Dame Cathedral is among the world's most majestic religious structures. It is the centerpiece of the Ile (Island) de la Cite, where Paris was born. With its towers lacking spires, the edifice persists through the centuries as an unfinished structure.

The Notre Dame Cathedral features exquisite and numerous works of art. Outside, take a look at the sculptures of the Old Testament kings and grotesques adorning the facade. Inside, trace Biblical stories interpreted by rose windows and a series of carvings, which tell a tale of the life of Jesus Christ.

You can climb the cathedral's towers for a fee and enjoy outstanding panoramic views over the city center from there. Beautiful gardens and peaceful park flank the building. Thus, take an opportunity and relax in a pleasant edifice's environment.

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Open Hours:

The Cathedral is open every day of the year.


The reception desk the Cathedral (in front of you by entering) is open:

– Monday to Friday: from 9:30 to 18:00
– Saturday and Sunday: from 9:00 to 18:00.

No Luggage is allowed

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Reviews

  • Bob UnWorthy

    5
    - 18 July 2018 -

    What a fantastic place. I didn't get to go inside on this visit but the stroll around it and taking in the various gargoyles and features were brilliant. I also got the opportunity to see it from the river which brought another aspect which I highly recommend if you get the chance. Well worth the visit and in a good location to visit other areas such as the Lourve.

  • Srecko Grabovac

    5
    - 17 July 2018 -

    This is a wonderful place to see! There is always a long line to get inside, but it moves really fast. I highly suggest getting in the line and going in. It is free and beautiful. There is also a tour that goes to top. We weren't able to take this because it was too late in the day, but my good friend I was with said it is worth it.

  • Leah Hubert

    5
    - 10 July 2018 -

    Great visit on the tourist route of Paris. The cathedral lives up to the pictures and I loved seeing the building that I studied in art history class. If you pay close attention to the architectural details you notice that every figure is unique and there is a ton of important christian symbolism in the details. I would definitely do a quick google search about the building because it definitely adds to the experience being able to understand why its so unique!

  • Holly Stone

    5
    - 30 June 2018 -

    One of my favorite places to visit while in Paris. The external architecture reveals something new each time. The rose window takes your breath away. It is cool inside and quiet-very serene. I often think of the events this cathedral has witnessed and survived. The wait in line is definitely worth it. If it's your first time visiting, a guided tour is best. Incredibly beautiful Notre Dame!

  • Kim Mitchell

    5
    - 28 June 2018 -

    Lovely cathedral well worth the visit. Don't be put off by the queue it move pretty quickly but be aware if it hot take water to drink while you wait. There is also a bag search before you go in. You can light candle cost 2€ and buy various things. Just go, sit, walk around and enjoy.

  • William Doran

    5
    - 24 June 2018 -

    We had a fantastic tour guide, Dries with fast pass tours, who was very entertaining and gave an excellent historical perspective and symbolic explanations of stone carvings and stonework which truly enhance the experience. The money to climb the Towers is completely worth every penny. The view is fantastic and you will have a better appreciation for the magnitude of the inside if you have already climbed the Towers prior to entrance to the cathedral. This is my first time here and expect it will not be last.

  • SACHIT VARMA

    4
    - 09 June 2018 -

    One of the most popular cathedrals in the world and certainly an eye-catcher. The outer architecture is indeed gorgeous with the gargoyles on the top adding to the spectacle. Note Dame is on a tiny island on the river Seine and is bet reachable by public transport to the closest metro and then a 5-10 minute walk over the bridges. The cathedral is visible from long distances and is easy to locate from there on. Lots of tourists throughout the day. Climbing to the top of the cathedral also possible with a ticket.

  • Tony Ridley

    5
    - 06 June 2018 -

    Don’t simply pass by this incredible building and fascinating history. Walk around it, take a guide tour, go inside and then walk around it again. Every time you visit, look at it from a different angle or perspective you will find something even more fascinating. The finished work is something to behold but the many histories of Paris and the Cathedral are even more compelling and was the real value we found during our many visits. Don’t be put off by the long line to get in, it takes only 10-15 min and you are inside, which if you take a guided tour fills you with new information and fascination for once you are inside. Be respectful once you are inside, regardless of your beliefs or curiosity, it is still a place of worship.

  • Chateau Versailles

    5
    - 26 May 2018 -

    Gorgeous Cathedral located in Paris definitely worth the visit. Not only on the inside but on the outside as well. The details of the architecture is breathtaking. *One night while going for a walk, we revisited the Cathedral to see its nighttime beauty and sat down on one of the benches. It's quite calm at that time and there's seldom people, which is nice. If you're familiar with the Cathedral and it's surroundings you know that there's a few large squares of plants &flowers where people can sit around on. That being said, at night, what we observed to our great astonishment, is that coming out of those squares were many...many rats ! You read correctly. I wrote RATS ! If people/tourists only knew that while they were sitting/lying there and eating/drinking and taking selfies, there are rats about 5 inches from them. They hide in the plants and come out to feed at night and even rummage through the gridded garbage cans. Matter of fact, they run all over the place. It was hilarious to see. I counted about 12 of them while I stood on the bench while clenching my purse.* Back to the Cathedral, rats or no rats, it's definitely an important & interesting part of France's history.

  • Joe Kaufman

    4
    - 23 May 2018 -

    Free to get in. Need a ticket to do some of the other things. Security just had to look in bags which isn't complicated at all. Inside was really cool as expected. Tons of people made it very crowded inside. Floor is uneven so be careful if you have a hard time walking. The cathedral had some of the largest stained glass I had ever seen. If you are not of the Catholic faith, you can easily find the architect something to marvel at.

  • Kalle R

    - 20 July 2018 -

    Don’t be scared of the huge line, it moves fast since it’s free entrance. Gets pretty crowded though, so consider visiting at less busy hours.

  • 🌴om Z

    - 15 July 2018 -

    If you’re going to climb the tower, see about reserving your time slot first (could be hours) (can do it first thing in the morning on the jefile.fr app), then tour the cathedral in the meantime.

  • Zeynep Ozturk Ozyer

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Take your time to have a tour! It’s amazing.

  • Scott Thorn

    - 27 May 2018 -

    A must visit to complete your trip.

  • Kawika Terry

    - 16 May 2018 -

    Download the Jefile app to reserve your place in line, then come back when your time window is open.

  • harley stax

    - 27 April 2018 -

    Beautiful cathedral

  • Eman Rashwan

    - 05 April 2018 -

    Take photos in the garden behind it

  • hande aydemir

    - 13 March 2018 -

    Interesting place!

  • Kostas Staveris

    - 06 March 2018 -

    Breathtaking enterior..

  • Alya Danilova

    - 19 February 2018 -

    Beautiful by day & night time,but closer to cene river many many rats 😨

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