☆ Notre-Dame de Paris ☆
The beginning of its long construction coincided with the choice of Paris as a capital and, on the square in front of the cathedral, a bronze star inscribed “zero kilometre” indicates the centre of the country in terms of travelling distances..
A symbol of Gothic Art, its harmonious layout seems to be the work of just one architect, yet dozens followed on from the 12th to the 19th century, the date of its restoration by Viollet-le-Duc..
The cathedral has witnessed Saint Louis, barefoot, wearing the Crown of Thorns in 1239, the coronation of Napoléon in 1804, the celebration of the Liberation of Paris in 1944.. and you too, as you climb the 422 steps leading to the top..
Like Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo, you will then find yourself face to face with some of its grimacing gargoyles..
You will also be able to make the acquaintance of the thirteen-ton bell named Emmanuel, and enjoy a breathtaking view across the rooftops of Paris..
Enter through the West Front.. The stairs to the towers are outside to your left.. Ahead, the central nave soars to a height of 35 m (115 ft), while 37 side chapels line the walls.. These
contain the “May” paintings by Charles le Brun, donated by the goldsmiths’ guild each May in the 17th–18th centuries..
The fine transept across the nave is the best place to admire the three rose windows.. Remnants of the 14thcentury stone screen can be seen on the north and south bays of the chancel.. Nicolas Coustou’s Pietà stands behind the high altar, flanked by statues of Louis XIII by Coustou and Louis XIV by Antoine Coysevox..
Inside the Church
Place Jean-Paul-II (4th).
Tel: 01 42 34 56 10.
Mon to Sat: 8am–6.45pm.
Limited access on Sundays due to services.
Tel: 01 53 10 07 00.
1 Oct to 31 Mar: 10am-5.30pm.
1 Apr to 30 Jun and 1 to 30 Sep: 9.30am-7.30pm. From 1 Jul
to 31 Aug: 9.30am-7.30pm.
€7.50 – RR: €4.80. Under 18s and 1st Sunday of the month (from Nov to Mar): free.
Tel: 01 43 25 42 92.
Wed, Sat and Sun: 2.30–6pm.
€3 – RR: €2.
Tel: 01 55 42 50 10.
Daily: 10am-6pm, except Mon.
€3.30 – RR: €2.20.
Under 13s: free.