Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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Due to the tragic fire that has destroyed portions of the Notre Dame Cathedral, it will be closed to tourists and worshippers until further notice. Tours listed on this page may go past, but do not enter, Notre Dame Cathedral.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
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This famous cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture on which construction began in the 12th century, stands on the Île de la Cité and is the symbolic heart of the city.
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Neighborhood: Ile de la Cité / 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.
How to get there
  • Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame • 4 min walk
  • St-Michel – Notre-Dame • 4 min walk
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ690 contributions
Dec 2019
Another one of the iconic landmarks in Paris is of course Notre Dame. Located on a small island in the middle of the Seine River the cathedral is nearly 900 years old. It is also located near Sainte Chapelle which is another location you must see. We got to see the cathedral roughly 6 months after the devastating fire that burned much of the top of the cathedral. It is still closed off without any sign of it being done which likely won’t be for several years. For now all you can do is walk along the surrounding bridges and fences along the exterior boundaries of the cathedral to get a look at what remains in tact. This small island is located near many other landmarks such as the Louvre and Tuileries Garden which are within 30 minutes walking distance. We suggest walking along either side of the Seine River to be able to see the city and the picturesque views along the water. This is also near “Lovers Bridge” the infamous bridge where couples would place locks with their initials on it. It has since been modified and locks have been removed but there are still other surrounding bridges in which people have continued the tradition. In the meantime while they renovate Notre Dame we suggest taking time to go into Sainte Chapelle after getting your photos of the outside of Notre Dame. It’s much smaller and less visited but has some amazing stained glass work which you wouldn’t know about from just walking by. Both are listed on the Paris Museum Pass we purchased from @klook for 55 USD per person and gives you access to over 50 museums and monuments for 2, 4, or 6 days!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written May 14, 2020
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ScooterM52
Wayland, MA148 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The “twin towers” remain; the remainder a mass of scaffolding. The panels around the site tell most of the story of the reconstruction effort. A few glimpses of temporary massive beams and other supports shed light on the size, scope and detail of the job. The Beaty and history currently take a backseat to the detail, effort, engineering and love and care of the reconstruction effort. It was still worth the time, but was a very different experience. Bon chance, mes amis.
Written May 15, 2022
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Shelly L
Woking, UK146 contributions
Jul 2020
It has been many years since I have been to Notre Dame - this visit was to see what was left after the fire. Visitors are not allowed, and much of the cathedral is wrapped in scaffolding. It is still a stunning example of French Gothic architecture and is worth the trip to see the reconstruction in progress.
Written July 26, 2020
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Artist33
Alnwick, UK21 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Notre Dame interior is closed until 2024 for major restoration work following the 2019 fire. Interesting information outside about the work being done. Great area to visit though- quayside, Latin Quarter, Pantheon…Don’t order a large coffee unless you want to pay 7 euros each!
Written May 4, 2022
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bj s
Santa Fe, NM143 contributions
Feb 2022
You can view the reconstruction effort at Notre-Dame from the outside. The work is documented on the outside with illustrations and photographs of the work being done to rebuild this iconic and meaningful structure. If you have had the opportunity to view the cathedral prior to the fire, you will appreciate the hard work of many artisans to return Notre-Dame to it's former glory. It's impressive.
Written March 8, 2022
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Wander & Wonder
Singapore, Singapore1,643 contributions
Jan 2020
From Saint Chapelle, we walked towards Notre Dame Cathedral at the far end of the Île de la Cité. The cathedral is of Gothic architecture and is the most visited monument in Paris. Many visitors come to admire its stained glass and rose windows, the towers, the steeple and gargoyles. You can also climb up the towers to enjoy a panoramic view of Paris. Unfortunately the cathedral caught fire during some renovation and the whole rood was burnt down. Fortunately they managed to save many of the precious carpets, statues, etc.

We cannot get near the cathedral as there is a fence all round it made showing pictures of the fire and ongoing restoration work. Still a grand building and beautiful from afar.
Written February 16, 2020
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Sandyh2oart
Penryn, CA35 contributions
Sep 2021
I sat at the cafe on the corner and sketched the construction crane, scaffolding, beams that are holding up the buttresses etc. So sad, yet uplifting to see they are bringing her back. The photos along the fence are fascinating.
Written February 12, 2022
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BIBS_
1 contribution
Apr 2021
Notre Dame is a wonderful place to visit, the architecture is beautiful and you enjoy looking at every little detail. Several important events took place there such as coronations and weddings, and I can see why they chose this place. Also, a curious fact is that Notre Dame is the heart of Paris since all the streets lead you to that place.
Written March 4, 2022
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Lara M
Cornwall, UK265 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Obviously since the tragic fire you can no longer enter the cathedral however it still is an iconic building in Paris. Surrounding the building are now boards (too keep people out of the building) showing photos of the fire damage & some information about the Cathedral (history). Would still recommend going to see it.
Written October 4, 2020
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia11,829 contributions
Feb 2022
Unfortunately, severely damaged after a major fire, there are only parts that are now available to see.
But what a grand cathedral. Beautiful Gothic architecture.

Being over eight hundred years old all the original colours have long worn away, as has some of the details themselves.

It's the second oldest church in Paris.

While you are here visit the hidden treasure of the oldest established church directly across the river on an angle only a minutes walk away hidden behind the park.
Written March 17, 2022
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