The Notre Dame Cathedral is a historical Catholic church on Paris’ Île de la Cité that dates back to the laying of its first stone in 1163. Three years earlier, Bishop Maruice de Sully ordered the construction of Notre Dame because the church that stood on the same location was deemed to be unworthy. Construction continued through the 14th century, and modern refurbishments have allowed visitors to continue admiring its medieval splendor.
People visit this cathedral from all over the world to see one of the most beautiful and well-preserved examples of French Gothic architecture. Some of the highlights of the Notre Dame de Paris are the stained-glass windows, organ, furniture, bells, clock, paintings, and cathedral figures. Francois-Henri Clicquot built the first fully-integrated organ in the church in the 18th century, and it was rebuilt and renovated again several times. Notre Dame’s bells are among the most famous ones in Europe, and one particular bell, called Emmanuel, weighs more than 13 tons. Visitors are welcome to attend mass at the main altar at several times during weekends and weekdays.
Visitors can get a sense of the site’s history, architecture, and artwork by simply spending time inside this beautiful church. Visitors can also climb 387 steps to the top of the cathedral’s south tower, where panoramic views of the city can be seen on our Skip the Line Notre Dame Towers & Sainte-Chapelle Tour.
Monday - Friday (8:00am until 6:45pm)
Saturday - Sunday (8:00am until 7:15pm)
Cite (line 4)
St-Michel Notre Dame (RER B)
Public Entrance Fee
Cathedral - Free
Towers - €8.50