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Towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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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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Beautiful building and then explore Latin Quarter

We are not religious at all but appreciated the history and architecture of this building. Its a great place to start your wander round the latin quarter.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We are not religious at all but appreciated the history and architecture of this building. Its a great place to start your wander round the latin quarter.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Brilliant place to visit, the stained glass windows and the stone carvings are amazing. Try to visit on a Sunday when there is an international mass at 12.45. A must for any Catholics visiting Paris.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

What a fantastic cathedral immersed in history. On arrival qued to go into the Cathedral itself. The first word you can think of is WOW! Mass was actually taking place as all us tourists walked around. It is free entry although you can pay 5 euros to go into a little museum to see the antiquities. As you leave the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is not for those who suffer from vertigo. There are hundreds of steps in a narrow spiral staircase, but the staff manage the passage up and down very well. Lovely views from the top, especially looking out over the wonderful gargoyles. The queue for entry starts before it opens and the museum pass has no priority.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Situated in the Ile de la Cite the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral cannot fail to impress you. It's different by day and by night. It's in a beautiful setting, but depending when you visit it can be very busy. A visit in early morning when the sun is rising is a good time to be there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Loved getting up high with the chimera. Of course the views were good as well. Next time I might actually have time to go inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Great views from here, you may have to queue in peak season , the entrance fee is worth the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Loved it from the outside and from the inside. Loved prayer time in the evening there with organ music.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The building is a must see... Outside but inside too... The gigantic stained glass paintings are very impressive. Of course, there will be queuing as it is one of the most visited attraction in Paris so be prepared (and patient!!). Well done to Paris city for keeping this fantastic historic building so well maintained!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I'll begin by saying the Tower tour is not for someone who has problems with stairs. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 375 steps to the top so if you have difficulty with stairs you may want to think twice. We had done a ton of walking the previous 2 days and I have a problematic knee at times... More 

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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.