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“Love the gargoyles”

Tours de la Cathedrale Notre-Dame
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Owner description: 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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“Love the gargoyles”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Even with the Paris Museum Pass, we had to wait in line for at least an hour to climb to the top of the bell towers. They can only take so many people up to the top at a time. It can be very cramped, so if you like personal space I don't recommend. I loved this, though, because I have always wanted my own pictures of gargoyles staring whimsically onto the Paris city sights, and now I have them. If you are a larger person, there are some tight spaces. My husband is 6' 2" and fit, but he had to squeeze through a few tight quarters! You have to option to go to the first level or to the very top - since you're already up there, take the few extra stairs to see the very top. It will be a slow shuffle of a lot of bodies, but so worth it for the views!

Visited June 2013
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“Lines way too long! South tower was closed.”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

If you like gargoyles and want to climb 384 steps to see them, then go do this. We weren't able to actually see any of the bells and there are other buildings in Paris with nice views as well (such as Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe)

Visited July 2013
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“A must see in Paris”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Climb to the top. Walk around the grounds. Hopefully its during a service. Only downside is the wait to get it, but that just cant be helped. Also, beware of pickpockets in the area.

Visited October 2012
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“Breathtaking and spectacular”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

The ultimate view of the entire city of Paris. The gargoyles are a treat to behold! Spend the time and wait in line for this attraction, not to be missed!

Visited July 2013
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“Unreal”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Dont go during peak seasons you will wait for two hours to get in,, on sundays after mass you get to hear the bells of Notre Dame!

Visited July 2013
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