Notre Dame de Paris

Ile de France
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Possibly the most famous cathedral in the world, and the legendary haunt of Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the Notre Dame de Paris is an unmissable sight in France's capital. Built during the 12th and 13th centuries and a prominent work of Gothic architecture, the Notre Dame de Paris has some exquisite sculptures, paintings and stained glass windows.

Admire the gargoyles and chimeras around the outside, and visit the tower where the great bell Emmanuel is housed at the top of the 387 steps. Inside the treasury you'll find many religious relics including the Crown of Thorns, said to have been worn by Christ on the cross. The cathedral also holds a piece of the cross and a nail of the Passion.

Underground, you can visit the archaeological crypt of the cathedral where Gallo-Roman artefacts have been conserved and where you can see the remains of a house from Lutece, as Paris was once known, and a recreated settlement of the Parisii tribe who settled here 2000 years ago.


Places to visit nearby

Paris in Ile de France is France's capital city and a hub of art, culture and fashion that is the most visited city in the world!

Versailles in Ile de France is the home of one of France's most famous and spectacular monuments - the Palace of Versailles.

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Nearby attractions

The city of Paris has some stunning religious architecture and the beautiful Sainte Chapelle should be high on your list for a visit. Its upper chapel contains an incredible 6,458sqft of stained glass in deep reds and blues...

Paris has many museums to visit but one of the best, after the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, of course, is the Musée National du Moyen Age, a museum of the Middle Ages.

Paris has many wonderful parks and gardens for a relaxing stroll so why not take a turn about Paris' most popular garden, the Jardin de Luxembourg?