Notre Dame de Paris, Paris

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Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004 +33 1 42 34 56 10
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    Climbing the Tower-Tours de Notre-Dame

    by Dabs Updated Jun 8, 2016

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    Most recent visit May 2016

    Although many of the figures that you can see from street level on the lower part of the cathedral are true gargoyles, decorative waterspouts used to preserve the building by diverting the rain water away from it, the more photographed figures on the upper levels are grotesques or chimères since they do not function as waterspouts but are still referred to by most people as gargoyles. These famous "gargoyles" don't have any function besides gazing over Paris and forcing tourists to work off a bit of the rich French food by climbing 387 steps for a better view of them.

    Climbing to the top of Notre Dame is really the only way to get a good look at these gargoyles, they are located on the Galerie des Chimères (Grand Gallery) that connects the two towers. The climb is broken down into three stages, the 1st stop in a gift shop where you can purchase tickets if you don't have the Museum Pass, the 2nd stop at the Galerie des Chimères and the 3rd stop at the top of the south tower. No elevators to help you out here! Read the signs at the entrance, on two of our visits the 3rd stop wasn't open while we were there, hmmm, did someone decide not to go to work those days? Or maybe a very specialized employee strike?

    I was a extremely disappointed to see mesh on the 2nd and 3rd levels making it really hard to take photos of the "gargoyles" or of the view from the tower, I have more than enough photos from previous visits but 1st time visitors really were struggling to get good photos. I assume this is to keep people from launching things from the tower. There are a few holes in the mesh, large enough to get a camera lens through, but it really made getting photos difficult.

    The current gargoyles on the Galerie des Chimères are not original to the building, they date to the restoration started in 1845 by architect Viollet-le-Duc. Incidentally, Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame was written in 1831 before the renovation by Viollet-le-Duc and one of the original illustrations I saw had a couple of gargoyles on that level, did his illustrations inspire the addition of these gargoyles? Or were these just replacements?

    Access to the towers of Notre Dame is included on the Museum Pass but you can't use the Museum Pass to skip the line like you can at other attractions as only so many people can go up at one time. If you get there and a long line is already formed, one of you can hold the place in line while the other tours the interior. I used to think it was best to arrive 1/2 hour before it opened and queue up but on our most recent visit at 1 or 2 pm, the line was shorter than any I recall in the morning.

    Directions: The entrance for the visit of the tower is located OUTSIDE of the cathedral, on the left-hand side of the facade, closest metro: Cite

    Website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/spip.php?article477

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  • In the French we Trust?

    by Hartcool Written Oct 6, 2015

    Went to information desk at front of church asking direction to toilette. The Madame gave bogus (intentionally wrong?) direction. No wonder why they haven't won any wars since the 18th C - travel tip = do exactly opposite of direction given by a Frenchman.

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    Gothic wonder

    by xaver Written Oct 1, 2015

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    The cathedral has been built for the wish of the bishop Maurice de Sully starting from 1163. The works were less than a century long, but during the following decades some parts of the church were modified or repaired. Most important works took place during the XIX century as the church during the french revolution had been seriously damaged. All the statues, particulary the ones of kings and queens were destroyed or beheaded.

    Open from 8 untill 6.45 pm

    Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

    Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

    Website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr

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    Notre-Dame de Paris (Cathedrale)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jun 22, 2015

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    This structure was made famous after Victor Hugo published 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. The Cathedrale was designed by Maurice de Sully and erected between 1163 and 1345 and then restored by Viollet-Le-Duc. All road distances are calculated from the "zero kilometer" point located on the square in front of Notre-Dame.

    The cathedrale boasts a West Rose Window, South Rose Window, Galerie des chimeres (the famours gargoles) and the the beautiful flying buttresses. There is no fee to visit the interior of the cathedrale.

    Address: 6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame, 75004

    Directions: Ile de la Cite

    Phone: 01 42 34 56 10

    Website: http://www.cathedraledeparis.com

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    Visiting the Cathedrale Towers

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jun 22, 2015

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    The cathedral towers are open daily and is a must for any visitor. Climb the 387 steps of the steeple where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the flying buttresses, Ile de la Cite, the spires and gargoles as well as the Emmanuel Bell which is the cathedrals largest bell.

    There is an admission charge of 8.50€ for adults and the tower visit is managed by the National Monuments Center. For operating hours and more information about visiting the tower check out their webiste.

    Although I had been to Paris many times I had never climbed the steps to the top of the tower, so during a recent visit I decided to climb the stairs and reward myself with the famous views and the gargoyles.

    Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

    Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

    Website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/spip.php?article477

    Making my way up to the top One of the many gargoyles Another view of the gargoyles Me and D One of the many water sprouts
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    Notre Dame

    by Kate-Me Updated Jun 1, 2015

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    What can I say about Notre Dame that hasn't been said already?
    Not much!
    It's wonderful both inside and out, very famous for its huge rose windows and carvings outside the cathedral.
    You can climb all the steps in the tower to the top...but you'll have to be keen, as the queues to do this always seem to be extremely long.
    2014: it's not as dark inside the cathedral any more, and doesn't seem as common as before to be pickpocketed here.

    Also, the crypt beside Notre Dame is very fascinating (though I have seen more detailed ones elsewhere). To see the original level of Paris, is probably the most interesting aspect of it.

    Address: Ile de la Cité

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    Notre Dame

    by grayfo Updated Apr 24, 2015

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    The cathedral was made famous by Victor Hugo's novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. Work started on Notre Dame in the 12th century and was completed in the 14th; following damage caused during the French Revolution the cathedral was restored during the 18th century. The cathedral is awe inspiring to view with its Gothic style and magnificent rose windows.

    Sunday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 6:45 pm

    Admission: Free

    July 1982, updated April 2015

    Address: Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris

    Directions: The cathedral is located near to Cité or Saint-Michel, Line 4 (Métro station)

    Phone: +33 (0) 1 42 34 56 10

    Website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr

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    My favorite facades.

    by breughel Updated Feb 3, 2015

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    The most monumental facade and most famous of world tourism is certainly the west front with its two towers. It is recognizable between all the cathedrals of our old continent.
    The less preferred side is the one on the north bordering the rue du cloître Notre-Dame.
    One that is preferred by many visitors is the façade on the south that can be seen from the banks of the Seine. This is the best view, the favorite of painters and photographers.
    The apse exterior of Notre Dame as seen from the Quai de la Tournelle also has many fans among the specialists of the best angle of view.

    I tried to combine with my picture the two towers and the south facade. My small digital camera can not avoid the barrel distortion of the towers but is so much lighter in my pocket than my former non digital one with a much better lens!

    Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

    Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

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    Stained Glasses

    by solopes Updated Feb 2, 2015

    A special advice: If you plan to visit Notre-Dâme and Sainte-Chapelle (and you must!), start in Notre-Dâme. The stained glasses in the cathedral are very beautiful, but after seeing the wonders of Sainte-Chapelle they may seem banal.

    Each thing has its epoch, its concept, and comparisons are often unfair.

    Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

    Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame

    by solopes Updated Feb 2, 2015

    It is always a pleasure the visit to this cathedral, one of the oldest and biggest of early French Gothic. In each detail we may find in our memories references of the old stories that made the history of France and western culture.

    This was my fifth or sixth visit, but not the last. I hope!

    Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

    Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

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    Queuing to enter Notre-Dame.

    by breughel Updated Jan 3, 2015

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    There are two lines: the main one (free) to enter the cathedral and the one (price 8,50 €) to climb to the towers.
    At Notre-Dame there are 14 millions visitors per year, an average of 40.000 every day. The tourists influx is non-stop from opening at 8 h to closing at 18.45 h (19.15 Saturdays and Sundays), all the year. With of course peak periods during all vacation periods.
    Visitors enter by the right door. There is lining up (photo 1) but in absence of security check the movement is not slow. My photo was made in the summer but I have been inside in December with no line (photo 3).

    For the visit of the Towers (8,50 €) the entry is located outside the cathedral on the left side of the front at rue du cloître Notre-Dame. For the tower there is a permanent line (photo 2) to visit all the high parts of the western facade dated from the thirteenth century. There is NO priority for the holders of the Paris museum pass.
    There are renovation works till end August 2013 at the south belfry.
    There are 387 steps with no elevator to reach the summit of the South Tower, it is recommended to be fit!
    I did the climbing when I was a young man; I remember that is was possible to lie down on the leaden roof of the towers as the slope of that roof is gentle. Probably now forbidden.

    Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

    Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame de Paris

    by Beausoleil Updated Oct 20, 2014

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    The first time we visited Paris, we had major jet lag and decided to just leave our hotel and start walking. We headed toward the Seine and finally arrived. We turned left and walked west along the river.

    We arrived at the Jardin des Plantes and immediately felt the charm of the matched lines of very well-trimmed trees with the walkway between them. We stopped momentarily to enjoy the ambience and then continued along the Seine.

    As we approached the Pont de Sully, I looked ahead and as if by magic there was the Notre Dame Cathedral we had seen in countless pictures. It was really there and even more lovely than we had imagined.

    We walked on to the cathedral and entered.

    Try to attend a Gregorian Mass during your visit. We've heard their boy choir and their adult choir and they are wonderful. There are also free organ recitals at 8:00 o'clock on most Saturday evenings. If you want a seat, arrive a little early. The organ and the acoustics are incredible. The tourists popping flash bulbs and talking are also incredible but in a different way. If you're an observer, please respect those who are there for the music. 8^)

    Notre Dame Organ Recitals

    Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

    Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

    Website: http://www.cathedraledeparis.com/EN/0.asp

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    The centre of France

    by solopes Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    A gothic masterpiece. Notre Dame, conceived by Maurice de Sully, was built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries (1163-1345).

    In an island of Sena, surrounding by many marvels of history, it's the centre of France, with the road distances calculated on the basis of the "0 km" marked on the square in front of the cathedral.

    Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

    Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

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    Splendid Cathedral- Notre Dame de Paris

    by Sienlu Written Oct 2, 2014

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    This magnificent Gothic Cathedral can be found in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. It was one of the first construction in the world to use the arched exterior supports and it began being built in 1163 under the reign of Louis VII and it was complete in 1345. It was initiated by Maurice de Sully, bishop of Paris.

    Notre dame is composed of a choir and apse, a nave with double aisles and square chapels. It is 226 feet high and 420 feet long.

    It was damaged through the centuries but restored by the French architect E.E Viollet le Duc.

    I'd say it is one of the most famous Cathedral in the world :)

    Address: Place du parvis de Notre Dame , 75004

    Directions: Métro: Cité; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint Michel-Notre Dame

    Website: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/

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