Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by pointofnoreturn on July 20, 2007

Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of Paris’ renowned landmarks with its majestic towers that span for eternity. The interior of the cathedral is so beautiful and yet at the same time, so dark and ancient. It gives you a sense of wonder and fulfillment when you see all these candles burning in the background. The crowds were large but it is expected for it’s such a popular place with tourists and locals alike. We came here late in the day around 5pm after a long, busy day. The carvings on the exterior of the cathedral are stunning and really remind you how much work went into that church.

After walking through the church, we decided to use our Paris Museum Pass to climb the towers. Our guidebook (Let’s Go) said that the towers closed at 6:30pm but the Pass book said 7:30pm. Either way, we went over there to stand in line around 5:30 but the attendant said it was closed for the last group just went in. Apparently, there was a misprint in both the Let’s Go and Paris Museum Pass publications because the towers close at 5:45pm, not 6:30 or 7:30. We were really disappointed because we knew that the views were supposed to be spectacular bit we missed out on that and it was our last night in Paris anyway.

I would definitely return to Notre Dame, more so in the morning rather than late in the day. Getting to Notre Dame is fairly simple. It is located in Ile de la Cite and you can get off at Cite station (Line 4). The cathedral is free to enter but the towers cost a bit more (€6.10) but is included in the Paris Museum Pass. A tip to travellers: Please be respectful when taking photographs, especially in religious places. I refuse to take photographs inside a church because I feel it ruins the atmosphere even though I am not religious myself.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France, 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10

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