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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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Forget the Cathedral and take the stairs for the towers

It was an amazing experience. When we arrived on the top the bells start to ring. What a noise and what a joy! The Cathedral itself is like all big Cathedral. Not really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

It was an amazing experience. When we arrived on the top the bells start to ring. What a noise and what a joy! The Cathedral itself is like all big Cathedral. Not really interesting, except when they have concerts. But the towers, that is something else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Loved the entire Cathedral, especially going up to the Bell Tower, surrounded by Gargoyles. Beautiful inside with tiffany glass and a million candles. Definitely a place to see and take in the beauty of it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Love the stained glass rose windows.. and the architecture.. La Chapelle is close by too and very worth the wait.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I think I stopped counting at around 450 steps going up. Going down was considerably easier. Our wait for the towers was around a hour, and we didn't arrive when it opened up (bad on us). The view was comparable (incomparable?) to the Arc de Triumph - you can see more of Paris than you might have thought existed. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

See my review under Notre-Dame. A cathedral is the seat of the Bishopric of a city. This famous edifice is a Basilica; the cathedral of Paris is the Madeleine, very near to the Place de la Concorde, the center of Paris, originally the Temple of Victory built under Napoleon, but made into a Catholic Church after the downfall of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I visited Paris on the off season (I suggest everyone who hates large crowds do this, or else be ready to wait in long lines. You've been warned so don't complain if you go to the most visited city in the world in high season and have to wait to see everything lol!). It was the first... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I'm scared to death of heights and the stairs are crazy narrow, but the view makes up for it. Arrive early to avoid queues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Make sure to arrive before the towers open or you will be in line for a long time. We still had to wait a bit but the views are worth it. Nice way to see the gargoyles atop Notre Dame.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This was a fun way to have dinner and see the sites on the river lit up at night. Food is good but the view is magical.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We had about a 45 minute wait in very cold weather, but the climb and the views were spectacular. Probably the most rewarding is the close-ups of all of the gargoyles and animals along the bell towers that cannot be seen well form the ground at all.

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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.