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“Absolutely beautiful!”

Notre Dame Cathedral
Ranked #5 of 2,253 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 July 23, 2013

I've wanted to visit Notre Dame since I was a child, so I was very excited to see the cathedral. The exterior and interior are magnificent. We visited on a busy day, but the line to get into the cathedral moved quickly. We opted to skip the climb to the top because that line was not moving at all. You can also see a beautiful view of the cathedral from a boat tour on the Seine. Enjoy!

Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Lots of people but do walk around the the gardens at the back where you can sit and take in the splendour

Thank Janette M
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This cathedral is amazing, imagine what you read and see in a book and then times that by 1,000,000. It really is worth seeing 1st hand, the craftsmanship alone ..... WOW

Thank Amanda63_12
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I enjoyed Chartres Cathedral much better than Notre Dame, because it was much less crowded. Chartres is 65 minutes SW of Paris on trains that leave out of Gare Montparanasse rail station. There are some wonderful cafes next to the Chartres Cathedral.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Worth battling the crowds. It's awesome inside. If you get a chance to attend a mass you will be blown away by the organ and its sound. It fills the whole cathedral.

Thank meandpam
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