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Towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Address: Rue du Cloitre Notre-Dame, 75004 Paris, France
Phone Number: (33) 01 44 54 19 33
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Description: A visit of the Towers of Notre Dame de Paris, built from 1160 in the...
A visit of the Towers of Notre Dame de Paris, built from 1160 in the Flamboyant Gothic style, gives visitors a close-up view of the Cathedral's flying buttresses, spires and roofs. Gargoyles and chimeras adorn the outer gallery of the North Tower with its ribbed vaulting and spiral staircase, while the South Tower houses the belfry and Emmanuel, the great bourdon bell. The upper gallery provides magnificent views of Paris, the Seine and the succession of bridges across the river. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> From July to August on Saturday and Sunday: until 11 p.m. (evenings).> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time.Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.Admission fees: Adults : 8,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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A beautiful cathedral with typical french style and character. I skipped going up because it was overpriced and worthless.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A beautiful cathedral with typical french style and character. I skipped going up because it was overpriced and worthless.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We climbed the 387 steps of the North Tower to get a view of the gargoyles. This line can get very long quickly, and it took us 2 visits to actually get into the tower. My suggestion is to go early, and do that climb first, providing it is a nice day for viewing. It is so worth the experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Gargoyles are cool. Go up bell tower, arrive by 10am as line can be long. Great views of Paris. Enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Determined to take our teenage grandchildren here during our visit.We arrived late afternoon, best time. Hardly any queue, and this moved fairly quickly. wandered around the cathedral at our own pace during which time there was a short rehearsal for a concert, and the bells were chiming which was a great bonus. Area around was clean, no harassment from any... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Be prepared for a lot of stairs, but the view is owsome!!! The queue usually is not too big, you don't have to wait too much!! Nice photos to be taken

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My partner and I queued for an hour in the rain to climb the Towers of Notre-Dame but it was worth it. It was really beautiful inside and a breath taking view from the top. I would suggest to anyone planning on visiting Paris to purchase a Paris Pass, which you can find online, as this lets you gain access... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Be sure to climb to the top and check to see if there are evening concerts available. We attended a Gregorian Chanting concert held by candlelight. The choir walks around the cathedral so that you can experience the sound echoing off the building. Excellent experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We hadn't pre-booked tickets and spent just under 2 hours in line. That said I couldn't recommend the Towers highly enough - it was the highlight of my trip to Paris. Great value for money, children go free. The views from the top are spectacular. The gargoyles are close enough to touch - brilliant photo opportunities and the children had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful architecture even just to walk around you have to go inside during the day though to see the light shining through the stained glass absolutely magnificent architecture

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Got here early just as the doors had opened and it was already very busy. Awe inspiring inside with the windows looking beautiful in the morning sun. Well worth a visit and then pop into the Latin Quarter for a drink and something to eat. As we left the queues were getting longer especially as the guided tours were arriving.

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
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