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March 21, 2019

Why Notre Dame is More Than a Church to Parisians

By Bethy Squires
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
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Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Paris’ Cathedral of Notre Dame is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and one of the most visited monuments in France. Built during the Middle Ages and situated in the heart of Île de la Cité, she is a stunning gem that lights up the city center. Work started in the 13th century and finished in the 15th century.

The history of this monument seeps out at every turn. Damaged during the French Revolution, the cathedral was restored in the 19th century by the architect Viollet-le-Duc. But they kept the damaged statues at the front doors, known as portals, as a reminder of the devastating effects of the Revolution.

In recent years, its many visitors come to admire its stained glass and rose windows, the towers, the steeple, and the gargoyles. They could discover the Notre Dame treasury and have a go at climbing the towers to enjoy a panorama of Paris, including one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower.

The stained glass windows of Notre Dame, particularly the three rose windows, are among the most famous features of the cathedral. They are truly stunning and you can’t visit Paris without seeing them with your own eyes.

And if you’re interested, you can even attend a service for a truly Parisian experience. The sound of the organ during mass is truly powerful.

Did I mention flying buttresses? Want to know what they are and why they matter? Or perhaps you’re curious about more of makes this Paris landmark unique.

If so, join us on our Paris highlights tour for a guided experience featuring this dazzling monument, the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and more.