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Notre Dame Cathedral, the heart of Paris

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Dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame has been the heart and the soul of Paris for eight centuries. A flagship of Catholic devotion along the river banks, Notre Dame is the cathedral of the bishop of Paris. Paris monuments.

Visit Notre Dame Cathedral

A testimony of eight centuries of Christian faith in the city of lights, Notre Dame Cathedral towers above the river in Paris. Notre Dame is the most visited monument in the city ahead of the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur. Notre Dame is open every day from 8am to 6.45pm (7.15pm on Saturdays and Sundays). The best visit time is early in the morning, Tuesday to Friday. Access is free of charge.

Visit Notre Dame on a Paris bus tour or on our 4 hour walk in Paris. You can see it from the river on a Seine river cruise.

Notre Dame cathedral Towers

The twin towers culminate at 69 meters (387 steps). The top platform provides one of the best views of the city.

The towers can be visited - April 1st to September 30th, 10am to 6.30pm (June to August, on Saturday, Sunday, 10am to 11pm) - October 1st to March 31st, 10am to 5.30pm. Last access is 45 mn before closure. Closed on January 1st, in May 1st, December 25th.

Entrance on left-hand side of the facade. Long waiting time.

The Crown of Thorns is in Notre Dame
The Crown of Thorns is in Notre Dame

Notre Dame, the monument

Together with Chartres Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the masterpieces of Gothic art in Western Europe.

Notre Dame was built between 1163 and 1270 to honor the Virgin. France was then the most powerful and faithfull Kindgom of Europe. Notre Dame's sculptures (picture), stainglass windows (picture), nave (picture) are stunning.

Notre Dame Cathedral is 130 meters long, 48 meters wide, 35 meters high. Its pillars have a diameter of 5 meters.


Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame mass times

Weekdays, Monday to Saturday noon
- 8:00 a.m. - Mass in the choir
- 9:00 a.m. - Mass in the choir, except in July, August and first half of September
- 12:00 p.m. - Mass at the main altar
- 5:45 p.m. - Vespers service
- 6:15 p.m. - Mass at the main altar
Saturdays
- 5:45 p.m. - First Sunday Vespers service
- 6:30 p.m. - Sunday mass at the main altar
Sundays (all services held at the main altar)
- 8:30 a.m. - Mass
- 9:30 a.m. - Lauds service
- 10:00 a.m. - Gregorian mass of the cathedral chapter
- 11:30 a.m. - International mass
- 12:45 p.m. - Mass
- 5:45 p.m. - Vespers service
- 6:30 p.m. - Mass usually by the archbishop, broadcast live on KTO-Catholic Television and Radio Notre-Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral information

Address: Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris

Paris metro: Cite station on metro line 4. Saint Michel station on RER B and C lines.
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Hotels near Notre Dame

Hotel Melia Paris Notre Dame is one of the best hotels near Notre Dame. Located in a quiet street, 500 m from the Cathedral in the Latin Quarter, it provides free Wi-Fi. The air-conditioned guest rooms have private bathrooms and internet access. Some have views of Notre Dame Cathedral. Room service is available in the evenings, with gastronomic French specialties. More hotels near Notre Dame.

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