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“Breathtaking!”

Notre Dame Cathedral
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Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking...
Ranked #4 of 1,276 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 20, 2013

The queuing system is very clever, you kind of loop round a raised platform so that your view is lovely and changes all the time! The outside decoration is enough to keep you going...all carved and super-ornate...beautiful! Once inside, the windows in particular are a real treat, the bells were also on display during our visit, and it was very interesting to learn more about them, I was struck by how tall the building is inside, wondrous! We paid to visit the small treasury, which has relics dripping in gold and precious stones...some serious religious bling is kept here! We didn't have time to queue for the viewing platform near the top of the tower, but I bet it would have been worth planning into our itinerary in hindsight. The gift shop was a little disappointing, but did have some lovely beaded decorations for our Christmas tree as a memento of our very pleasant visit. Later in the evening when it was dark, we came back and sat of the raised platform to take in the cathedral at night. I would completely recommend doing this, the lighting is very dramatic and the place takes on a new air of quiet majesty...you can even catch the Eiffel tower all lit up in the background, and a nighttime walk along the river stopping by the little bars is very romantic!

Thank 66Red
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Visit the towers! After climbing a lot of stairs, you can enjoy one of the most famous and most photographed views in the world.

Thank docswimmy
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

The sight was beautiful but due to massive Q's we didnt go in which was a shame. There needs to be more organised Q's or more than just 1 Q

Thank lozxxxx
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Beautiful cathedral with lots of history. Make sure to go inside and take it all in, it's just as beautiful! Go later in the day to avoid long lines and crowds.

Thank Cynthia W
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

brilliant we went on a saturday morning and we were lucky enough to witness a service but also there was no queue.we went up the tower which was well worth climbing all those steps.a beautiful cathedral

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