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January 19, 2007
From journal Long Weekend in Paris
December 26, 2006
This is by far the most breathtaking sight I’ve ever experienced. Construction for the cathedral began in 1160 and ended in 1345; quite a long time. If you visit it, you will see why. The Cathedral of Notre Dame stands at 69 meters (226 feet) tall and has 422 steps to the top of the Bell Tower. The Notre Dame Cathedral was the tallest structure in the world from 1876 to 1880; it remains the tallest church in France. It is the 6th tallest church in the world (Tallest: Ulm Münster in Ulm, Germany standing at 161 meters or 530 feet.). In my opinion, this cathedral is so famous not only because of its size but also because of the detail in which it was built. To see what I am talking about, view the pictures included in this journal.
This cathedral is a perfect example of what Gothic architecture was all about. The Notre Dame Cathedral is just as breathtaking on the inside as it is on the outside. My two favorite things about the inside of the cathedral are the high ceilings and the rose windows. There are two rose windows inside the cathedral; they were built between the years 1250 and 1260. There is a 13 ton bell in the south tower that you can visit; it is rung regularly. The Notre Dame Cathedral opens every day of the week at 7:45am and closes at 6:45pm. There is no admission fee to go inside the cathedral; which is a big plus. There is photography allowed inside the cathedral, although it is very dark inside; the stained windows allow some light to enter. Although, photography is allowed inside the cathedral; the guards do not like tourists to use flash as I learned the hard way. The only real restriction there is on photography is that you cannot take photos if there is a mass taking place. If you want, you can attend mass inside the cathedral; the schedule varies. You can obtain this schedule by visiting their homepage at www.cathedraledeparis.com. I have a secret photo spot that I am going to share with you if you want to get the best quality pictures of the cathedral. The best spot to shoot photos of the Notre Dame Cathedral is on the bridge of Archevéché.
Although there is no initial fee at the entrance of the cathedral, there is a fee and a separate line if you want a tour of the upper towers. In conclusion, the Notre Dame Cathedral is a magnificent experience; just follow these simple guidelines listed above and you will have a great time.
From journal Visiting Paris: The Guide
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
September 30, 2006
From journal 4 Nights in Paris
August 12, 2006
From journal Paris in Spring...and Summer
Los Angeles, California
March 26, 2006
From journal Back to Paris
New York, New York
March 11, 2006
From journal An American in Paris
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
February 2, 2006
No trip to Paris would be complete without a stop at Notre Dame, and rightly so. In my experience, some of the great monuments and buildings in Europe have been so built up and seen so many times that by the time you actually see them, it can be a bit of a letdown. But that is certainly not the case with Notre Dame.
It leaps out of the surrounding scenery and immediately pulls you in. I do remember thinking it looked smaller than I had imagined, but that was just in driving up to it. Once you are standing in front of the cathedral, staring up in awe at the extremely intricate carvings above the entrance, all thoughts of it being small evaporate.
I remember that the weather was bad the day I stood before the cathedral, built between the 12th and 14th centuries, and even without the light that would have made it so stunning, I still found myself in awe. I think the real majesty of Notre Dame is in its stained glass. Some of the windows inside the cathedral were unlike anything I've seen before or since. I remember pulling out my best slide film to put in my camera and sending out a small wish I'd be able to capture something of them with out the benefit of good lighting. All indoor shots of cathedrals are inevitable letdowns, but to this day, the best ones I have came from Notre Dame. I recommend that you double-check on opening times, as they are a little tricky in being arranged around the mass schedule, as it is still a cathedral. Guided tours are available, though I recommend a quiet wander yourself around the inside. Even if you're not snapping photos (which you will certainly want to), it's a peaceful and stunning place that leaves a quiet impression on you. If you can go in the off-season, I would recommend it---I need to revisit Paris if for no other reason than to sit alone in the sanctuary of Notre Dame without a tour group calling out the next itinerary. If you're in Paris, make time for this. You won't regret it.
From journal The City of Lights and Other Things of Wonder
by Jim Rosenberg
January 19, 2006
From journal Paris: An Affordable, Spectacular Destination
January 13, 2006
From journal Ah, Paris
November 6, 2005
From journal Paris