The Cathedral of Notre Dame (Notre Dame de Paris) is a magnificant example of Gothic architecture and stands on the site of a Roman temple. Being completed in 1330, its construction lasted more than 150 years. The most interesting and famous parts of the cathedral worth to see are the towers and the crypt.
Opening Hours, Entrance Fee, Transportation
Notre Dame Tickets (Cathedral Notre Dame) – Address; 6 Place du Parvis Notre Dame, Paris. How To Get To Notre Dame Cathedral; Metro line 4, Station Cité or RER lines B and C, Station Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame / Public Buses: Lines 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 85, 96. Opening Hours; From April to September 10.00 am to 6.30 pm. October to March 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Ticket Price; the entrance to Cathedral Notre Dame is free, but you must pay for the towers and the crypt. Entrance fee to the towers; adult ticket is € 8.50 (Free admission for minors 18 years old and European citizens under 25 years old.) Entrance fee to the crypt; adults € 7. Between 14-26 years old pays € 5 and children under 14 years old is free. Guided visit of 90 minutes with a licenced local guide and priority access to the towers from 29.99 € and you can Buy it here. Or you can enter for free if you have a Paris Pass Card.
What To See In Cathedral Notre Dame
Cathedral Notre Dame is located in the particular district Île de la Cité which is founded on a natural island of the Seine River.
The Latin cross shape of the interior of this cathedral is impressive. Vaulted ceiling which leans above the huge arches rises almost ten meters height. The portico of Cathedral Notre Dame representing the judgement day and the statues of the apostles and the Virgin Mary are very famous. In the 19th century the rosette that crowns the statue of the Virgin Mary on the west facade was added. The rosette of the cruiser, oriented to the south, and the carpentry work of the choir are two of the most beautiful characteristics of this Catholic church located next to the Seine River.
By ascending the staircase located in the north tower you will definetly be admired by seeing the famous gargoyles and additionally the spectacular panoramic view of the city. The interior of the cathedral has space for more than 6,000 people, and in the crypt, also is an Archaeological Museum that is worth a visit. In the outer square is a bronze statue which marks the zero kilometer, from where all the distances of France are measured.
History At A Glance
Here some of the most important events in the history of the Paris, such as the coronation of Henry VI in 1431, the wedding of Queen Mary of Scotland in 1558, the coronation of Napoleon and his wife Josefina in 1804 or canonization Of Joan of Arc in 1920 are held.
During the French Revolution the cathedral was desecrated causing tremendous damage to religious imagery and was later restored to its original appearance.
World War II also left its marks on Cathedral Notre Dame, with the destruction of the stained glass windows, which were re-made after ending the war by following a geometric model, instead of the old scenes of the Bible.