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Notre Dame

Like all Gothic cathedrals, the story of Notre Dame de Paris is an arduous one. That this fantastic building is even standing today is the result of complex historic events and even characters like Quasimodo from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a hidden treatise on the glory of Paris’ gothic structures and the need to preserve their heritage.

Construction on ‘Our Lady of Paris’ began in 1163 and took nearly 200 years to complete with the final stone being laid in 1345. It served as the fulcrum of the city’s religious life for over four centuries until being badly damaged during the French Revolution. From there neglect, a period as Robespierre’s Temple of Reason and an upscale barn ensued before concerted efforts to restore her beauty began in the mid-19th century.

Despite France’s dramatic history, the enduring grace and dignity of Notre Dame is largely intact and boasts treasures few other churches can trumpet, such as its three immense rose windows, original 13th century stained glass and an ambiance that will lift your spirit towards the divine. Join City Wonders in discovering the best of Notre Dame and the surrounding Île de la Cité on our exciting selection of tours.

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 Notre Dame Cathedral

  • Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 18:45
  • Saturday & Sunday from 08:00 to 19:15

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