“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 his novel Notre-Dame de Paris. Since the 13th century, this emblematic Parisian landmark, masterpiece of Gothic architecture travels through the centuries, located on the Île de la Cité and overlooking the Seine River.
Due to the dramatic fire that took place in Spring of 2019, Notre-Dame de Paris awaits its final restoration. From the forecourt, contemplate the two towers, the portal of the Last Judgment, as well as the various statues that adorn the facade. Walk around to gaze at the flying buttresses around the nave, the three huge rosette windows, fascinating crypts, and famous towers, where Rabelais' young Gargantua stole the bells.
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 housed the Holy Crown of St. Louis, saw the coronation of Napoleon I, and hosted the funerals of writer Paul Claudel and French President François Mitterrand, among others.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
6, parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II
+33 (0)1 42 34 56 10