Notre Dame Cathedral
Last Updated: 7th May 2012
by – Matt Vernick, Tour Manager, Europe
Possibly the finest example of Gothic architecture anywhere in the world, this amazing church resides in the heart of Paris. Taking over 180 years to complete it has borne witness to over 650 years of the city’s turbulent history – from Napoleon’s coronation to royal weddings and was also home to Victor Hugo’s fictional ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’.
Free to go inside and look around at he amazing architecture and stained glass, you can also climb the stairs of the famed towers for great views over the city and the chance to get up close and personal with the Cathedral’s gargoyles.
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I went to Paris a few years ago, and we climbed up to the top of Notre Dame, and they rang the bells while we were climbing up to the top. The bells only ring 2 or 3 times a year. It was an amazing experience, but it really echos inside those stone stairwells.
I went there when I was in Paris in January and I thought it was absolutely stunning. My mouth literally dropped when I first set my eyes on it. It also brought back the days when I was younger of when I would watch the Disney movie… Hunchback of Notre Dame.