The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Located on the Île de la Cité, in the center of Paris, this monument provides an illustration of typical French gothic architecture. Serving as the setting of the famous novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame has only increased the worldwide reputation of this already prestigious institution.
The first stone of the Notre Dame Cathedral was put down by Pope Alexander III in 1163, with King Louis VII. It took almost 100 years to complete the first part of the construction work, which included the church’s iconic flying buttresses and two towers. In 1250, a second period of construction began in order to modify parts of the church’s façade — which had been built in a Roman style — so that they would be in better harmony with the Gothic style of the rest of the structure. Incredibly, this reconstruction lasted until the middle of the 14th century.
On the inside visitors will find beautiful stained glass windows and one of the most impressive organs in France, so there is plenty to amaze those who step within the walls of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Today, the Notre Dame Cathedral is still used for religious services, with some of the more important ceremonies taking place in the ornate halls of the church. With room for up to 9,000 people, the cathedral has plenty of space to welcome the many visitors who come to see the building every day. In fact, during the busiest times, up to 50,000 people come to walk through the cathedral in a single day.
How to get there
From the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal take the bus 67 at Palais Royal to Chatelet in approx 15 minutes.