Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral
Its towers, gargoyles and stained glass windows have inspired great artists, beginning with Victor Hugo who immortalised it in his masterpiece of French literature “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.” The Notre-Dame Cathedral is the most visited national monument in the capital, attracting 13 million pilgrims and visitors every year.
Sitting majestically on the Ile de la Cité, this splendid cathedral, built more than nine centuries ago, is located in the heart of Paris, and in some ways, of France, since all the distances between Paris and other cities in France are calculated from the Notre-Dame square.
Unesco World Heritage Site
Before entering, admire the statues that frame the doors. Inside, you will be awed by the extraordinary architectural feats. Raise your eyes and gaze at the magnificent stained-glass window rosettes, 13 metres in diameter, considered masterpieces of the Gothic style. Historians share their secrets during a free guided tour (1 hour) or via an audioguide (for a fee).
After visiting the archaeological crypt in the basement, climb the 422 steps that will take you to the top of the towers (entry fee) to enjoy a breathtaking view over the city of Paris.
Access and contact
Days and opening hours
All year round, daily between 7.45 AM and 6.45 PM.