on August 12, 2006
Paris started here on the Ile de la Cite and this area is one of my favorite places to visit in the city. One reason for that is because of Notre Dame. The area in front of the church is beautiful and perfect for relaxing, as is the small park behind the church. Inside, you can chose to go up in one of the towers. There is an audio tour which is informative. And of course another way to enjoy the cathedral is just to stroll around the interior, admiring the stained glass windows. Of course the rest of the cathedral is impressive, as well as the facades on the outside (including the famous gargoyles), but the windows are definitely my favorite part. Though Notre Dame is famous, it is not usually too crowded and people generally keep quiet inside so the atmosphere is serene and besides tour groups there are often people praying or lighting candles. Mass can be heard most Sundays. Entrance is free (except to go up in the towers) and Notre Dame is easily accessed by metro or boat.
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