The famous Cathedral in Paris, which reminds many of the equally famous novel by Victor Hugo is, like the Eiffel Tower, one of the most visited monuments of Paris.
The stone foundation of Notre Dame was laid in 1163 and its construction lasted two centuries. The Cathedral has since undergone many renovations and alterations over time. It is a true masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and is also one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 1991.
Recent renovations have restored the building to near original coloring, as it had blackened with age.
The Cathedral is open every day of the year from 8AM to 6:45PM (7:15PM Saturday and Sunday). Admission is free. Remember that this is a place of worship, and it is important to respect other visitors and calmness of the place. Please, also dress appropriately. Do not use flash or tripod if you take pictures.
Free guided tours are offered in various languages. The French visits are Monday to Friday at 2PM and 3 PM (excluding the first Friday of the month and every Friday during Lent), and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30PM.
Concerts of sacred music are regularly featured at Notre Dame de Paris.
Notre Dame is located on the Ile de la Cité in central Paris, in the fourth arrondissement.
Several subway stations and commuter trains are nearby: City station on line 4, station St Michel – Notre Dame RER B and C. City Hall subway Station on Line 1 and 11 is not very far either, you just cross the bridge of Notre Dame.