Notre Dame

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Notre Dame Paris Reviews

mimichampy mimicham…
23 reviews
Gothic Architecture 'Notre Dame' Dec 23, 2016
Notre Dame Cathedral (full name: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, "Our Lady of Paris") is a beautiful cathedral on the the Île de la Cité in Paris.

The Notre Dame is, without a doubt, the most popular attraction on the Ile de la Cité. Its first stone was laid in 1163, it was finished 170 years later. The Cathedral is a magnificent example of gothic architecture.

For me, I know Notre dame is from the book by Victor Hugo and Disney movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

The interior of Notre Dame is a impressive as the exterior. Admiring the soaring vaulted ceiling and huge columns are worth the sore neck!


Lantern was used to name a large-diameter circular chandelier made of silver, cooper, iron or wood, supporting little oil pots with wicks. This frame hung at the end of one or several chairs, usually three. These lanterns were wheels of crowns of light when they bore a great number of oil pots of sometimes wax candles. These were then all lit during solemn celebrations. In big churches, their upkeep was possible thanks to sometimes generous fixed incomes and donations. More elaborate than simple lanterns, the crown chandeliers were made of glided cooper with additional enamels, crystal balls, metal lace, and pendants. All aimed to enhance the brightness of the lights. These chandeliers were given a dazzling character, thanks to the work of medieval goldsmiths. Utilitary aspect aside, along with its shine which was in consonance with the refractions of the gothic stained glass windows. The crown of light was the expression of the mystic of light. During celebration days, worshippers considered it as the picture of celestial Jerusalem and the Christ. The orb circumstanced by the circle figured the world, lit by the crown.
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris
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spocklogic says:
I've had the bad luck that my two times to Paris (1999 & 2008), the cathedral was closed for some repair or construction, so I've yet to see the inside for myself.
Posted on: Jan 17, 2017
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mdfehmel mdfehmel
233 reviews
Nortre Dame Cathedral Oct 15, 2014
Although a vast majority of the historic buildings in Paris charge an entry fee, Notre Dame, the medieval and iconic Paris landmark, is still free to get inside. You will wait in quite a line, however, the cue starts at the best place to take a frontal photograph anyway, and the line moves very fast. The church is still active, but the interior devotes significant space to placards and other exhibits that detail the building's long history. One can get through in less than an hour or you can stay for several. A trip up into the towers will cost you through; and the line to get up there was AT LEAST 2 hours when we walked by. You could accomplish the same view by going to the top of the Arc de Triumph or the second floor of the Eifel Tower so we didn't see that it was worth it. Located on the City Island (Ile de la Cite), we got there by the Hop-On / Hop-Off water taxi, Le Batobus. The stop was literally at the base of the church square.
Notre Dame, Paris.
Notre Dame, Paris.
Notre Dame, Paris.
Notre Dame, Paris.
Lucy360 Lucy360
38 reviews
A beautiful place to see Nov 06, 2012
I thourghly enjoyed my trip to see the Notre Dame Cathedral.We arrived mid day in the rain and the queues appeared to be very long but in reality we were only queuing for a short time (10 mins). Beware you can not take luggage into the cathedral, nor can you take photos with a flash.You are also asked to be silent within the cathedral as a mark of respect. The cathedral is beautiful from the outside and in. You would not be dissapointed if you just wanted to see it from outside as the stone sculptures on the front are incredible. I would recommend going to view the inside also as the stained glass and inside is also beautiful. You can have access to the Treasury for 4 euros, you may also gain access to the top of the cathedral to see the whole views of Paris for free but need to go back outside and queue at a different door. We didnt do this but would definately on our next visit. The cathedral was very very busy when we visited in November.
Notre Dame
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nimic nimic
70 reviews
Hunchback of Notre Dame Jun 23, 2011
Notre Dame. What can I say about this Cathedral.

It's free of charge for everyone , every day of the year. You can go there to attend services, or just for a tour of the cathedral.

The Cathedral organises a visit every day, free of charge and lasts for an hour. They'll examine the cathedral as a work of art and the artwork it houses (architecture, sculptures, paintings, stained glass, history).

Audio-guides are available for 5 Euro, It's approximately 35-minute long visit, including the Treasury, presenting the cathedral’s spiritual message through its architecture, its History, its rosettes, its Life and its influence…

The cathedral’s Treasury is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm; Sunday from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm Full price : €3. Reduced rate (under 26 years old, the unemployed, etc.) : €2. Children aged 6 to 12: €1.

I had a great time there. There was a place where you could write your very own "Message of Peace". I found that very interesting ^^

The cathedral Towers are also open for visits, which give breathtaking views of Paris, plus detailed looks at the roof, the spire, and the cathedral’s largest bell, the Emmanuel Bell. This visit is managed by the National Monuments Centre.
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surfingcowboy surfingc…
3 reviews
Paris, France Apr 14, 2011
I've been to Notre Dame during a huge mass in the Latin language, it was really cool I'd suggest it. Also one that I rarely see is the Shakespear book store, world famous. You see it in all kinds of movies, something you can say you've been to in real life!!
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Nat_Nat_Nat Nat_Nat_…
3 reviews
Must see May 19, 2011
Just a quick note to say Notre Dame is very beautiful. Most people just take pics of it outside side, but u must check it out inside as it's far more beautiful & go up to the viewing point on top part of the Notre Dame, great for taking pics of Paris for up there.
parisianbuddy parisian…
3 reviews
travel in time Apr 24, 2011
no elevator for going on top of the towers, but the view worth the efforts !

You can take pictures of the Gargoiles, with Paris in the background, that is awesome.

The waiting line is usually not too bad.
sarahthevegasbride sarahthe…
69 reviews
Fab Building! Oct 16, 2010
Fell in Love with this building such a fab building to visit. When we visited there was a man with bread outside and if you put the hands all the birds come over to you such a unique idea!

highly recommend visiting.
orphan008 orphan008
8 reviews
Cathedral in Winter Feb 23, 2010
Watching the children play, old people walking their dogs and sitting on the bench eating some glasse. It has a warm atmosphere during the winter. I remember the lectures from my art-history class and looking at pictures of the cathedral. To see it and touch it really brings that art-history class home. Its a visually stunning structure, which I recommend to any tourist to see.
Ashley5 Ashley5
22 reviews
Notre Dame Nov 06, 2009
We climbed to the top of Notre Dame, which was a small spiral staircase that seemed to never end. But in the end it is well worth the climb to the top. You get an amazing view of all of Paris. You are right next to the beautifully carved gargoyles. From here you can go even farther up to the top, even more narrow stairs lead farther up, once at the top you can walk all the way around in a square shape and get a view of Paris from every angle. There is a small black door you can climb into, its kinda like a hole in the wall.This leads to the bell tower. Once you are in there you are on a wooden platform, with very narrow wooden stairs going up farther. Just wide enough for one person to fit through, so you have to wait there for everyone to come down or everyone to come up before going down. Once up there you will find the large bell.

You really can't beat this view of Paris, you can see the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and Sacre Couer to name a few.
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sarah_82 sarah_82
14 reviews
The Gargoyles of Notre Dame Jul 11, 2008
What do you see when you look up to the top of the great cathedral of Notre Dame? You see monsters, half-man and half-beast. These demon looking creatures carved out of stone are called gargoyles. They are one of the many eerie stone figures that adorn the gutters of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Gargoyle comes from a Latin word, meaning gullet or drain. That's what the strange looking creatures are, they're drainpipes. Each grotesque figure has a passageway inside that carries rainwater from the roof and out through the gargoyle's mouth. From the top of the cathedral's towers the gargoyles have a magnificent view of the city.

The conspicuous stone gargoyles have carried rain from the roof of the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame for move than six hundred years. Down through the years they allowed rainwater to fall free of the cathedral, thus preventing damage to the masonry. Some believing in superstition claim that the grotesque figures frighten away evil spirits along with serving its practical duty. After the introduction of the lead drain pipe in the 16th century the gargoyle's notoriety faded out but they were still used as decorations.

I would highly recommend the 376-step climb up the tower, not just to see the Gargoyles but also to share their view of the city spread out below.
Gargoyles bathed in Afternoon suns…
Africancrab says:
Great review indeed, wow!
Posted on: Sep 30, 2009
rotorhead85 says:
Nice review with great info, thanks!
Posted on: Jul 11, 2008
dirtykettleone dirtyket…
2 reviews
Jan 03, 2008
Notre Dame is great to visit. Try to go to a church service if you can on Sunday. If you want to light a candle in remembrance of someone, please make sure to leave a donation in the boxes they have. The church is beautiful and the tour to the bell tour gives you a great view of the city. There is also a small park or sitting area on the back side of the church.
Me in front of Notre Dame.
mswim mswim
31 reviews
Mar 21, 2007
Notre Dame de Paris is by far the most beautiful man made place I have ever visited. With its stone walls, gargoyles, stained glass windows, flying buttresses and beautiful garden, it is a sight to be seen. It is the finest example of French Gotchic architecture you will ever lay your eyes upon.

Notre Dame de Paris was one of the first Gothic cathedrals and it’s construction spanned throughout the entire Gothic period. Construction began in 1163 during the Louis VII reign. It was also one of the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress support system. The original plans for the cathedral did not include the buttresses around the choir and the nave however after construction began and the walls were built taller and taller, stress fractures began to appear and the building called for additional support.

During the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century many of the cathedral’s treasures were either plundered or destroyed. Several of the statues of biblical kings of Judea were beheaded after being mistaken as statues of French kings. In 1977 several of the heads were found on an excavation sight and are now on display at the Musee de Cluny.

Each time that I have stepped foot inside of the cathedral I have been overcome with a sense of awe. The cathedral is so beautiful and the artwork inside is so moving that it brings tears to your eyes. If the cathedral is so awe inspiring today, I can only imagine how ancient Christian’s must have felt upon seeing the cathedral. While I visited the cathedral on my last visit I was told that many people converted to Catholicism after seeing Notre Dame when it was first opened to the public simply because it was so grand. I can certainly see why. It is absolutely breathtaking.

There is a complete Zen like aura that is present in the cathedral. With the organs sounding, choirs singing Gregorian hymns and candle light dancing on the walls, it is amazing. It is these things that will continue to draw me back to Notre Dame on each of my future visits to Notre Dame. It is hard to believe that during the early 19th century city planners actually discussed demolishing the cathedral because it was in great disrepair. It was then that author Victor Hugo wrote his famous The Hunchback of Notre Dame in order to raise awareness of the cathedral’s history.

For a small donation you can light a prayer candle in one of those most beautiful religious edifice’s in the world.

In the courtyard outside of Notre Dame there is a plaque built amongst the pavers. This is known as France’s “Point Zero” and is the reference point for distances along all of the highways starting in Paris. Tradition states that tourists who stand on Point Zero will one day return to Paris. Unfortunately, on each visit I’ve failed to stand on this point, however, I’ve managed to return. Thank God!
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dqfn1 dqfn1
74 reviews
While seeing the Notre Dame a mass started Mar 13, 2007
Seeing the Notre Dame is free, as are all churches in the world, so nothing special here. But what turned out to be special for me was not the building... but the mass that started while me and my class were in there.

Because we all turned out not to be religious this was like a disaster for us. We were watching the statue of Joan of Arc. But after the mass had started we practically ran to the doors to get out.

The church, or cathedral is a beautifull building to visit, this building is at the top of the gothic buildings in the world. Because of this it is allso on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Front of the Notre Dame de Paris. …
This is what people during the dar…
South East side of the Notre Dame …
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