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Birchircara, Malta Majjistral, Malta
April 26, 2012
From journal Get a breath of air in Paris
CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
January 5, 2011
From journal The most beautiful city in the world
May 4, 2008
From journal Paris, S'il Vous Plait
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
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
November 8, 2004
Walk to the back of the cathedral for the best views of Notre Dame, the Seine River, and a peaceful little garden.
From journal The City of Lights
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
November 6, 2005
From journal Paris
Saint Paul, Minnesota
June 30, 2005
Europe has hundreds of gorgeous cathedrals, spanning hundreds of years of history. Not one can even come close to the beauty of Notre Dame.
We arrived and queued up on another hot day in Paris. The queue was about an hour long, but there are a few sandwich shops along the way, so we had a chance to grab a Coke and some bread.
After you purchase your ticket, you walk up a long, long, long spiral staircase. The view at the top is amazing. Like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc, you can see all of Paris from the top of Notre Dame.
There are two wonderful things about Notre Dame that separate it from any other cathedral. The first is the gargoyles. They are everywhere, and they lend a heavy Gothic air to Notre Dame. But who knew stone creatures could be so impressive, menacing, and breathtaking all at the same time?
The other amazing part of Notre Dame is the bell. The bell is not simply a myth; it is huge. It's housed in a tower at the top, and there are wooden stairs leading to it.
Notre Dame is not for those who are scared of heights or claustrophobic, as there are many tight passes very high in the air. But it's worth every penny and every bead of sweat. I felt like I was a piece of history while standing on top of Notre Dame.
From journal Paris: Hot and sweaty, but worth it