There are many different sightseeing spots in Paris, and one that everyone cannot miss is the Notre-Dame de Paris. It is situated on the Île de la Cité and is the main cathedral of Paris. It is the most stunning historical monument in Paris. The church was built from 1163 to 1250 and many architects were changed during construction. During French Revolution the church has been damaged and the current facade was reconstructed in the 19th century by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

Speaking about Notre-Dame de Paris, many people will thought of the book of "
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame". The book was written by Victor Hugo in 1831. It used the cathedral as the backbone of the story and it was been turned into movie, television and musical. The most popular one is the movie adapted by Walt Disney Company.

The Cathedral was built in Gothic style, and you can see a lot of sharp ribs and coloured windows. The rose window is the main signature of the church. The sculptures at the three doors of the main entrance represent three different bible stories. On top of it, you will find Galerie des Rois displaying 28 sculptures of Jewish Kings.

The interior of the church is free admission. There are many sculptures displaying different bible stories. The tall corridors and coloured windows truly reflect its Gothic design. Just like other churches in Europe, you will need to pay before you are able to go up the tower. Apart from being able to view Paris, you can also walk along the corridor where you can find the sculpture of Stryge or it is also called the Gargouille, which is used for drainage during rain. The tongue of the sculpture and its facial expression really attract the tourists to stay there and have a look at it. 

Apart from the corridor, you may be able to experience the clock tower where Quasimodo of "The Hunchback of the Notre Dame" was hidden. You will immediately think about this section of the movie when you arrive at this place. In addition, you can experience the Notre Dame in different angles as well as the back facade of it from the courtyard behind it.

The decoration of the church is very exquisite.

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The main hall is very tall and magnificent.

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You can pay to light up candles inside the church.

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Full of Gothic style coloured glass windows.

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There are many biblical sculptures found inside the church.

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There is a big statute known as Stryge.

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You can see Quasimodo of the "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" hiding at the bell tower.

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You can see different angles of Notre Dame from the courtyard.

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Notre-Dame de Paris

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

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

Opening Hours: 
The Cathedral      08:00 – 18:45 (Sat and Sun to 19:15)

The Towers: 
From 1 April – 30 September    10:00 – 18:30    (July – August : Fri and Sat to 23:00)
From 1 October – 31March       10:00 – 17:30

*Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

The Cathedral : Free

The Towers: 
Full price  10 EUR  
Reduced price  8 EUR

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