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Notre Dame Cathedral

Did you know? It took 200 years to complete the building of Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. This was due to its huge dimension - 130m long with two 69 meters tall towers - but also to the enormous cost of it. After 500 years of alterations Notre Dame Cathedral has been restored and is with the Eiffel Tower the most visited monument in Paris. It is located in the historic heart of the city on the Cité island...

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History - Key dates

1163: The first stone of the present cathedral was laid by Bishop Maurice de Sully.
1182: The High (Main Altar) Altar was consecrated, the ancient cathedral was pulled down.
1200-1245: The façade was erected.
1250-1270: The transept was enlarged and the north and south rose windows were installed.
1300-1351: The carved stone walls surrounding the choir were built.
1699-1723: The gothic choir was replaced by a baroque one.
1792-1793: Due to the French Revolution, the cathedral was closed. Paintings and statues were taken away, metal objects were also taken to be melted down.
1801: Cathedral was rededicated to the Catholic Church for services.
1845-1864: The cathedral was restored by two French architects: Lassus and Viollet-le-Duc.

Visit Notre Dame Cathedral: Tips and opening hours

Practical and useful information to plan a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral

Our tips for visiting Notre Dame Cathedral

Our tips: Notre Dame Cathedral is one of Paris most famous landmark so expect very long queues. The best time to visit de Cathedral is early morning before the crowd comes in. The interior of the nave is of course a must see but most people miss the visit of the towers and the great view from the top. The entrance for the tower is located outside the building in the Cloître Notre-Dame Street... Be ready for the 387 steps!

Opening hours

The cathedral is open every day from 8am to 6.45 pm during the week and 7.15pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Entrance is free of charge.

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Picture of Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris at night

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