‘Architecture is the great book of humanity and the principal expression of man in the various stages of his development, either as a force or as an intelligence,' wrote Victor Hugo in Notre-Dame de Paris. Since the 13th century, this impressive Gothic cathedral, anchored on Ile de la Cité on the Seine, travels through the centuries on its flying buttresses.
Admire its three huge rosette windows, its internal vaults, fascinating crypts, and famous towers, where Rabelais' young Gargantua stole the bells. Then climb to the top to enjoy a breath-taking view of the capital.
It took two centuries to build the cathedral, a period of time that translates into various styles from early Gothic to flamboyant Gothic. At the heart of the history of France, Notre-Dame de Paris houses the Holy Crown of St. Louis, saw the coronation of Napoleon I, and hosted the funerals of writer Paul Claudel and the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, among others.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
6, parvis Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul II
+33 (0)1 42 34 56 10