Transport: Metro 4 RER B, C
Phone: +33 (0)1 42 34 56 10
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Hours: 8am-6:45pm Mon-Fri, 8am-7:15 Sat-Sun
The famous Notre Dame de Paris may be the most recognized icon in Paris besides the Eiffel Tower. Since its construction in 1163 the Notre Dame is one of the few remaining cathedrals in France. Where is it located? Well you really can’t miss it as it’s on the Île de la Cité, the island between the rive gauche (left bank) and the rive drought (right bank). It is one of France’s finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The Metro stop to get to Notre Dame is the St Michel Notre-Dame stop on the RER B, C or the Metro line 4.
Once you walk to the Notre Dame cathedral, you will most likely be awed at the size of the cathedral and want to take many pictures. I’d recommend walking around the entire cathedral so you can get a good sense of the incredible architecture of the cathedral and all of the components to it. Depending on the day and time you go, I’d also recommend getting in line to go inside the cathedral if you’re short on time. The inside of the cathedral is really cool with all of the ribbed vaults and beautiful stain glass and amazing organs. You can take photos inside without a flash.
You can also climb the North tower of Notre Dame to the top which is to the right as you walk in the main doorway and around the corner. I personally didn’t wait in the long line for this but I am told by many other hoppers that there are spectacular views of Paris and you have great views of the gargoyles. If you do make it up to the top of the tower, take a look at the gargoyles closely as they aren’t only an old gothic ornamental piece. They serve a very important purpose as spouts designed to convey water away from the roof. So if it’s raining you will see that in action.
Enjoy the famous Notre Dame de Paris and let us know about your experience good or bad as we’d love to hear it.
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