The Cathedral of Notre Dame (or Notre Dame) is a vast Gothic church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the Ile de la Cité. The construction of this cathedral took much time and effort of many generations. Construction work began in 1163 and it was not until 1345 that ended. Although Notre Dame is a Catholic church in operation, while also became a major tourist attraction.
Throughout the years, the cathedral has witnessed countless historical, such as the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte, the beatification of Joan of Arc and the coronation of Henry VI of England acontecimients.
During the French Revolution, in 1793, the cathedral was converted to a “Temple of Reason” and many of its treasures were destroyed or stolen. Many of the sculptures were hammered and beaten until its destruction and even replaced the Virgin Mary on several altars imaging of freedom. During this period the cathedral eventually became a warehouse of food. It was not until 1845 that ssino a restoration program which lasted 23 years began.
Some time later, during World War I, fortunately the Cathedral of Notre Dame was not destroyed while German bombers could destroy many windows. The caretakers of the building decided to remove the windows that had not been destroyed to protect them and reinstall them at the end of the war.
The Notre Dame has resisted the pass of time and it seems that it will continue. During your visit to Paris is a must to visit the cathedral and is also able to enjoy the facade and interior of this building, you can also climb the south tower of this building and enjoy spectacular views of the Seine, Ile de la Cite and Paris. Not only that, you can also visit the crypt of the cathedral and the Archaeological Museum, which has underground ruins of Roman buildings.
Visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame with a guide is an excellent idea. So you will not miss any important detail and you will learn about the history of one of the most important places in Paris.
By hiring one of these walks, and visited the Cathedral of Notre Dame, have the opportunity to meet very important places like Montmartre, the Louvre, the Latin Quarter or the Eiffel Tower, making bus and boat tours, as the case .
The entrance to the Cathedral of Notre Dame is free but if you want to climb the tower or visit the crypts have to pay a fee.
Tower of the Cathedral of Notre Dame
€8.50 – General Admission
€5.50 – Reduced price
Free – Holders of the Paris Pass, age 18, Europeans aged between 18 and 25 and people with disabilities with his young companion.
€5.00 – Normal rate
€3.50 – Fee for adults over 60
€2.50 – Fee for 14 to 26 years
€3.00 – Car audio guide in Spanish (30 minutes)
Free – Under 14 years, Paris Pass holders and disabled