Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the most popular cathedrals in all of France, and even the world, so seeing this place was at the top of my list during my time in Paris. In addition to seeing this spectacular piece of architecture don’t miss Point Zero or the geographic center of Paris.

The Cathedral

Notre-Dame de Paris is open every day, and the admission is free. Construction on the cathedral started in 1163 and was completed in 1345, and its one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Pictures alone cannot describe the beauty of this building. Don’t miss the incredible rose windows and the organ.

The Towers

In addition to amazing archeticture, the cathedral also offers amazing views of the city. The cost of admission is 10€, and the towers are open from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM during the summer. The entrance for the tour is on the Rue du Cloître-Notre-Dame. On the tour, you climb up the 422 steps to get to the top South Tower, but you also get to walk along the Chimera gallery. Our recommendation is to go at dusk, you get to see the city in daylight and then watch the sunset over the city of lights.

The Archaeological Crypt

Under the square in front of Notre-Dame, you will find The Archaeological Crypt of the Paris Notre-Dame. Created in 1965, the crypt offers a unique insight into the urban and architectural development of Île de la Cité. The admission fee is 8€, and the tour generally lasts 30 minutes. The tour covers the history of Paris starting with the Roman town of Lutetia all the way to 19th century. It is definitely worth the visit.

What is your favorite cathedral?