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Gothic gargoyles (actually, chimeras, if truth be told) and a stately sunburst greet you upon setting your eyes on the Notre Dame Cathedral. The exterior by itself is enough to convince you that this... Read More
Gothic gargoyles (actually, chimeras, if truth be told) and a stately sunburst greet you upon setting your eyes on the Notre Dame Cathedral. The exterior by itself is enough to convince you that this is one important building. Enter the cathedral and you'll be even more drawn into Notre Dame's mystique as you're met with an impressive altar and a luminous glow in the congregation area from the high, stained-glass adorned ceiling and upper walls. Construction on Notre Dame Cathedral started in 1163 under the lead of bishop, Maurice de Sully. Over the years Notre Dame has gone through restorations that has kept it in good condition and it is still an operating church to this day, offering daily masses. On Christmas Eve, plan on arriving a few hours early for Midnight Mass!
6, pl du Parvis de Notre-Dame
- Cathedral: Mon-Fri 8am-6:45pm; Sat-Sun 8am-7:15pm
- Towers (summer): Daily 10am-6:30pm
- Towers (winter): Daily 10am-5:30pm
- Treasury: Mon-Fri 9:30am-6pm; Sat 9:30am-6:30pm; Sun 1:30am-6:30pm
- Cathedral Free
Towers Adult 6; Child (0-17) Free; Child (18-25) Free - 5
- Holiday Attractions: "There is a Baby Jesus manger shown on display every year here at this 800 year old church. You can see it during the month-long + holiday season, lasting through Epiphany which is the first week of January. Midnight mass is held on Christmas Eve and starts at 11pm. Arrive early if you want to get in and even earlier if you want a seat."
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Manger, known as "crèche," in French is one of the central attractions of this world-renowned cathedral at Christmas time.