Notre Dame Cathedral

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by D.Barcia on 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 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.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France, 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10

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