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392 reviews of Notre Dame Cathedral

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Grandiose work of architecture

What can I say about Notre Dame that dozens of other reviewers haven’t already said? It’s the most famous cathedral in the world and, after having visited, definitely one of the most beautiful. One of the most common things I had heard about Notre Dame were the intolerable crowds, especially during summertime. I went in September and visited the cathedral right at 8:30 in the morning on a Thursday and it was practically empty. If you have the chance to visit in the off-season, do so, and make sure to visit first thing in the morning before all the tour buses get there.

The interior of the cathedral is incredibly beautiful, and you’ll need an hour (at least) to really savor all of the little details which set this cathedral apart from so many others: the intricate carvings, the majestically-decorated chapels, the exquisite rose windows, and the countless Gothic arches dramatically lit by candles and chandeliers. If you can enjoy it without crowds and incessant camera flashes, the atmosphere is truly magical. And, if you’re a photographer, it’s one of the best subjects on Earth.

It’s a grandiose work of architecture, a deeply spiritual place, and one of the few free attractions left in Paris. What are you waiting for? Go!
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Gothic masterpiece

The cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece. Make sure to pay special attention to the main facade, the western porticoes, the west rose window which circles the Virgin in a multitude of colors, and the Gallery of Kings representing the 28 kings of Israel.

Other highlights are the Portal of the Virgin, surrounded as she is by saints and kings, and the flying buttresses which guard the cathedral’s objects of worship. Once inside, make sure to check out the paintings by Le Brun, the rose windows, the statue of Notre-Dame and the statues of The Piety and Louis XIV behind the altar.

Climbing the towers is one of the most popular activities at Notre-Dame. Access to the cathedral is free and there isn't usually a long wait, especially early in the morning. You're allowed to take photos, but flash is prohibited (it's quite dark on the inside, and the photos don't always come out well).
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The cathedral of notre dame

The square where this cathedral is located is the "kilometer zero" of all roads in France and Parisians consider it more of a fellow citizen than a monument.

It was originally a small Christian basilica which, after several renovations and expansions, has becomethe architectural wonder we see today. The Revolutionaries raged against her, tearing down the statues and replacing the stained glass with plain crystal. In fact, when Napoleon took over Paris, the Cathedral had fallen to such a state of disuse that it was being actually being used as a barn!

After visiting the interior, which lacks the richness of detail of later churches, and after a long wait made easier by some Nutella crêpes and an impromptu street-comedy act, we climbed the towers. Halfway up the 387 steps there is a rest point which, conveniently, is a souvenir shop.

At the top, you’ll find the famous gargoyles, spectacular views of Paris, and the 16-ton Emmanuel bell. You can't miss it.
Roberto Gonzalez
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Pueden entrar solos pero en verdad con un guia es mucho mejor

pueden entrar solos pero en verdad con un guia es mucho mejor, ya que por lo general son personas que no solo saben la historia si no que la narran muy bien!
jessy G. Cortez
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Notre dame

I visited Paris recently and had to visit Notre Dame! I loved the way they lit it so that all of the architecture could really be shown off. There was an orchestral concert happening at the time I arrived and the acoustics were beautiful!
Alexander Wicklund
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A gargoyle's view of tour eiffel

Notre Dame is spiritually impressive in it's own right, but to climb to the precipice and get this view of Tour Eiffel, the Ile St. Louis, the Seine and the city panorama is truly inspiring. Paris is not only for lovers, but also historians, explorers, artists and the deliberate traveler.
Tommy Lyles
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See catechism in the front of notre dame

Paris' patron saint, St Peter carrying his head, is on Notre Dame. As well as the stories in the Bible.
Pat Bowers
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Jackie Bedell
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Alexandre Rotenberg
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Views from notre-dame

There are two views that can be made to Notre Dame, which are separated from each other. The first is a visit to the interior of the Cathedral and the other is a visit to the Towers. Both have their respective input queue but both are included in the museum pass. We opted to climb the towers to see the sights with one of its most representative icons: the gargoyles. It is also a good option to see the rooftops of the city and admire the Cathedral and the island in the middle of the Seine where the cathedral is. You can admire the Sacred Heart, Eiffel Tower (which is always present in any viewpoint that boasts of Paris), the Seine, the Pompidou Center, etc ... will locate a way to let the whole city as the crow flies.

Vistas desde notre-dame

Hay dos visitas que se pueden hacer a Notre-Dame, que están separadas la una de la otra. La primera es la visita a los interiores de la Catedral y la otra es la visita a las Torres. Ambas tienen su respectiva cola aunque la entrada a ambas está incluida en el Museum Pass.

Nosotros optamos por subir a las Torres para ver las vistas con uno de sus iconos más representativos: las gárgolas. También es una buena opción para ver los tejados de la Catedral y admirar la ciudad y la isla en mitad del Sena donde está la Catedral. Se puede admirar el Sagrado Corazón, la Torre Eiffel (que siempre está presente en todo mirador que se precie de París), el Sena, el Centro Pompidou, etc... vamos una manera de dejar situar toda la ciudad a vista de pájaro.
Ignacio Izquierdo
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Its beauty is incomparable

Next to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the three most famous monuments in Paris. The cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic high on the site of a Roman temple, has been a model for hundreds of cathedrals throughout the world and its beauty is incomparable. One of the best experiences is good morning to climb the towers, that finish up on a terrace, which is surrounded by a balustrade with tiny watchmen, after climbing the 387 steps of the tower you can see one of the best views of the city, it is also a strategic place to watch the spooky gargoyles. Another of my favorite places is the Plaza Juan XXIII, dedicated to Pope it is named, is a beautiful garden square, in which after seeing the cathedral you can relax, as we contemplate the sculptures, rose windows and flying buttresses on the east side of Cathedral. It is headed since 1845 by a beautiful Gothic font of the Virgin. Worth the visit, mainly because it's something little that's free, except for the towers, which are in Paris. I recommend it to everyone, for lovers of art of course is a must see, and what they do not like, too, because its location on an island in the river is the perfect place for a walk, or sit quietly enjoy the views of the cathedral.

Su belleza es incomparable

Junto a la Torre Eiffel y el Louvre, la Catedral de Notre Dame es uno de los tres monumentos más famosos de París. La catedral es una pieza maestra del gótico elevada sobre el emplazamiento de un templo romano, ha sido modelo de cientos de catedrales a lo largo del mundo y es que su belleza es incomparable.

Una de las mejores experiencias es subir de buena mañana a las torres, que terminan por arriba en una terraza, que está rodeada por una balaustrada con diminutas atalayas, tras subir los 387 escalones de la torre se puede contemplar una de las mejores vistas de la ciudad, también es un lugar estratégico para contemplar las fantasmagóricas gárgolas.

Otro de mis lugares preferidos es la Plaza Juan XXIII, dedicada al Papa que le da nombre, es una bonita plaza ajardinada, en el que después de haber visto la catedral se puede descansar, mientras contemplamos las esculturas, rosetones y arbotantes del lado este de la catedral. Está presidida desde 1845 por una hermosa fuente de estilo gótico de la Virgen.

Merece la pena visitarlo, principalmente porque es algo de lo poquito que hay gratis, exceptuando las torres, que hay en París. Lo recomiendo a todo el mundo, para los amantes del arte por supuesto es una visita obligada, y para lo que no les gusta, también, porque su ubicación en una isla en el río es el enclave perfecto para dar un paseo, o sentarse tranquilamente contemplando las vistas de la catedral.
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You have to be at a distance

Views of Notre-Dame, somewhat less known, because you have to be at a distance to be appreciated. As you walk into any of the boats you stroll along the Seine, you can see its structure very well, especially the rear, if anything, more beautiful than the principal. Who does not remember Quasimodo? Distinct, despised, love ... Climbing the walls of Notre Dame de Paris, living between gargoyles, chimeras, and of course, between bells, his beloved and faithful bells ... If we dare to climb the nearly 400 steps in a spiral, we reach one of the most beautiful scenery in the work of Victor Hugo, the Towers of Notre Dame. The tour takes about 45 minutes, you raise a good first flight of stairs to get to the store bookstore, where you make a break for about ten minutes, which is the time left between group and group. As spaces are limited and only let up from 20 to 20. After this break, we continued to climb, turning on the steps ever closer, until you see the light! After leaving a beautiful chimera welcomes us, imposing, staring in Paris. And is that one of the many things you learn in the visit, is to differentiate the chimeras (representations of fantastic beings) of the Gargoyles (constructs that are used to drain water from the roof). Well, to find numerous chimeras towers, designed by Viollet-le-Duc in the s. XIX. All of them disturbing, grotesque shapes, half-human, (even in the form of elephant) leaning on the walls, stalking Paris, seem to hatch an evil plan. It's pretty cool to see them up close, despite being worn by the passage of time, give the feeling of being so real! At any time they could fly over the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. Not to be missed gargoyles, located throughout the facade, projecting from the walls to prevent water damage to the walls. They are really spectacular, its dimensions are smaller but no less are worked, they also see human figures, imaginative, open-mouthed slips where the rainwater. The route climbs still a little more, up to 70 meters high in the South Tower, the views are spectacular. While in the tower bells rang ... We were not alone ... The fall of the tower is made of stretch, but not the same climb down them stairs. Ah! I almost forgot to make a visit to the towers have to go out, because the entrance is on the tower that faces a street, coming from the Louvre left tower, and walk out the tower on the right. While in the queue is a cheerful man who hands out leaflets on the visit in different languages, in Spanish as well. They do good discounts for those under 25 years, but the visit is 7 €. As a final curiosity, kilometer zero of France is situated here, right in the official center of Paris, at the entrance to Notre Dame de Paris.

Tienes que estar a una cierta distancia

Vistas de Notre-Dame, algo menos conocidas, pues tienes que estar a una cierta distancia para poder apreciarlo. Mientras paseas en alguno de los barcos que te pasean por el Sena, se puede ver muy bien su estructura, especialmente la trasera, si cabe, más hermosa que la principal.

Quién no recuerda a Quasimodo? Distinto, menospreciado, enamorado... Trepando por los muros de Notre Dame de París, conviviendo entre gárgolas, quimeras, y cómo no, entre campanas, sus queridas y fieles campanas...

Si nos atrevemos a subir los casi 400 peldaños en forma de caracol, llegaremos hasta uno de los más bellos escenarios de la obra de Víctor Hugo, las Torres de Notre Dame. La visita dura unos 45 minutos, primero subes un buen tramo de escaleras hasta llegar a la tienda librería, donde haces un parón de unos diez minutos, que es el tiempo que dejan entre grupo y grupo.

Pues los espacios son reducidos y solo dejan subir de 20 en 20. Después de este descanso, seguimos subiendo, dando vueltas sobre los peldaños cada vez más estrechos, hasta que ves la luz!! Nada más salir una preciosa quimera nos recibe, imponente, con la mirada perdida en París. Y es que una de las muchas cosas que aprendes en la visita, es a diferenciar las quimeras (representaciones de seres fantásticos) de las gárgolas (construcciones que se utilizan para evacuar el agua del tejado).

Pues bien, en las torres encontraréis numerosas quimeras, diseñadas por Viollet-le-Duc en el s. XIX. Todas ellas inquietantes, con formas grotescas, medio humanas, (incluso en forma de elefante) que se inclinan sobre los muros, acechando París, parecen tramar un maléfico plan. Es una pasada verlas de cerca, a pesar de estar desgastadas por el paso del tiempo, dan la sensación de ser tan reales! En cualquier momento podrían sobrevolar el Sena o la Torre Eiffel.

No debéis perderos las gárgolas, situadas por toda la fachada, sobresalen de los muros para evitar que el agua dañe las paredes. Son realmente espectaculares, sus dimensiones son más pequeñas pero no por eso están menos trabajadas, en ellas vemos también figuras humanas, fantasiosas, con la boca abierta por donde se desliza el agua de la lluvia.

El recorrido sube todavía un poquito más, hasta llegar a los 70 metros de alto de la Torre Sur, las vistas son espectaculares. Estando en la torre sonaron las campanas... No estábamos solos...

El descenso de la torre se hace del tirón, pero no es lo mismo subir escaleras que bajarlas.
Ah! Que se me olvidaba, para hacer la visita a las torres hay que ir por fuera, pues la entrada está en la Torre que da a una calle, viniendo desde el Louvre la torre de la izquierda, y sales por la torre de la derecha. Mientras estás en la cola hay un alegre señor que reparte folletos sobre la visita en distintos idiomas, en español también. Hacen buenos descuentos para los menores de 25 años, sino la visita son 7 €.

Como última curiosidad, el kilómetro cero de Francia está situado aquí, justo en el centro oficial de París, en la entrada de Notre Dame de París.
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Cathedral notre dame in 1163 laying t...

Cathedral Notre Dame in 1163 laying the first stone cathedral is therefore still under construction, traveaux, renovation, change ... now considered more a stone is not original. But the architecture of departure has not really changed. We can notify some periods, May 19, 1182 the choir was consecrated by Henri de Château-Marçay, 1190 the last three sections of the stands and not ended 1225-1250: consrtuction high gallery and the two towers redevelopment faced where large windows are established during the French Revolution the arrow of our lady was destroyed and the destruction of all the great statues of the Virgin put out frontage. On May 31, 1864 Darboy Bishop, Archbishop of Paris, dedication of the restored cathedral.

La cathédrale notre dame
1163 pose de la première pierre
Dès lors la cathédrale sera toujours en construction, traveaux, renovation, changement… On considère aujourd’hui que plus une pierre n’est d’origine. Mais que l’architecture de départ elle n’a pas vraiment changé. On peut notifier quelques périodes ;
19 mai 1182 le chœur est consacré par Henri de Château-Marçay,
1190 les trois dernières travées de la ne et les tribunes sont terminées
1225-1250 : consrtuction de la galerie haute et les deux tours réaménagement de la faced, où l’on instaure les grands vitraux

Pendant le révolution française la fleche de notre dame fut detruite ainsi que la destruction de toutes les grandes statues de la facade hors mis la vierge.

Le 31 mai 1864 Mgr Darboy, archevêque de Paris, dédicace de la cathédrale complètement restaurée.
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Cathédrale notre dame de paris

I have been particularly tonne where I saw for the first time the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. I thought be to start by darker color as most chapels and churches of France. The cathedral is also smaller than I imagined m'tais, at least on its facade. There was the date, a lot of people to queue despite the events that s'taient passs a week ago, so we decided to just go around the cathedral and cross by the same occasion, John XXIII Square. In reality, the cathedral Notre Dame is not just a facade, still happy. The religious monument hides behind this western facade a huge btiment composed of large buttresses, sculptures, gargoyles or rosettes and stained glass, seen from the outside. For those who are interested only in the front and the interior of the cathedral, then they will miss the bedside Last year this gives a whole new look!

Cathédrale notre dame de paris

J'ai été particulièrement étonnée lorsque j'ai vu pour la première fois la Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris. Je la pensais être pour commencer, de couleur plus sombre comme la plupart des chapelles et églises de France. La cathédrale est également moins grande que ce que je m'étais imaginé, du moins concernant sa façade. Il y avait ce jour là, beaucoup de monde à faire la queue malgré les événements qui s'étaient passés une semaine auparavant, nous avons donc décidé de seulement faire le tour de la cathédrale et de traverser par la même occasion, le square Jean XXIII.
En réalité, la cathédrale Notre Dame n'est pas qu'une façade, encore heureux. Le monument religieux cache derrière cette façade occidentale un immense bâtiment composé de grands arcs boutants, de sculptures, de gargouilles ou encore de rosaces et de vitraux, vus des l'extérieur. Pour ceux qui sont seulement intéressés par le devant et l'intérieur de la cathédrale, ils manqueront alors le chevet de cette dernière qui donne un tout autre aspect!
Charlotte Lozac'h
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Information about Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral Phone Number
+33 142 345 610
+33 142 345 610
Notre Dame Cathedral Address
Parvis de Notre Dame, 6
Parvis de Notre Dame, 6
Notre Dame Cathedral Website
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