Notre Dame de Paris is located on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. It showcases a great example of French Gothic Architecture. On Sundays visitors can walk along the inside of Notre Dame de Paris. Visitors who want to climb the spire will need to wait in line along the outside of the cathedral. The walk along the inside of Notre Dame de Paris is quiet and peaceful..
The impressive French Gothic cathedral was the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The early Gothic Cathédrale de Notre Dame (Our Lady) has a 12th century design but wasn’t completed until the 14th. Still it is a good example of the development of the style, though the west or main portal is a bit unusual in its rigidity. Remember that this is an active church, there may even be a mass going on and flash photography is not allowed.
The Archaeological Crypt of the Parvis Notre-Dame was built in 1965 to protect a range of historical ruins, discovered during construction work and spanning from the earliest settlement in Paris to the modern day. The crypts are managed by the Musée Carnavalet and contain a large exhibit, combining detailed models of the architecture of different periods, and how they can be viewed within the ruins.
Are you planning on visiting Notre Dame de Paris?
Here is the information you’ll need to know:
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday through Friday 9:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 6:00pm
6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Parvis Notre-Dame – place Jean-Paul-II, 75004 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 42 34 56 10
Paris Métro – Cité (4)
Paris RER – Saint-Michel-Notre Dame (B, C)