Tourist Guide Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris

Great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris Notre-Dame de Paris by night

Notre-Dame de Paris - Window

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a tale from Walt Disney and told the story of a deformed bell-ringer in the great cathedral of Notre Dame. All that happened in the story is of course not true to reality; despite this Notre Dame has its very own magic to offer! The mother of the gothic cathedrals translated as ‘Our Lady’ is how Notre Dame is known. In its place stood a temple over 2000 years ago, followed by a Basilica and then finally followed a Romanesque church.

In 1163 the foundations for the gothic church were laid. For this the Basilica had to leave shortly after its creation because France wanted to expand its cities and towns; building mania spread across the country! In 1345 after 150 years the construction of Notre Dame was finally completed.

The kings of that time were crowned in Notre Dame and it is one of the most important monuments in all of Paris! Many thousands of people visit this building every year and even if picture-taking is prohibited in the cathedral – no one takes note of this rule because everyone wants to capture and keep hold of the overwhelming beauty of Notre Dame. Its imposing size is no less impressive. The two towers are 69 meters high, to the roof is 90 metres and internally, the church is 130 metres long, 35 metres high and 48 metres wide. If a church service is held it often becomes very crowded as over 10 000 people can find a space in the imposing cathedral. Notre Dame is most easily accessible via the Metro by getting off at ‘Cite’ station and then strolling along the Seine.