Notre Dame Cathedral

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  • Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
  • Phone: +33-142345610
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral
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The Notre Dame Cathedral is closed because of the recent fire that broke out on the evening of 15th April 2019. The information, including the timings, will be updated once Notre Dame Cathedral reopens. Until then, avoid going near the cathedral and the island.

Here are the things we know about Notre Dame fire so far -

  • The iconic spire and the large part of the ancient roof collapsed during the fire.
  • The facade and twin bell towers along with the rose windows, as well as the organ, were saved from the blaze.
  • Many of the artworks adorning the cathedral walls were already shifted due to the on-going renovation before the fire.
  • The Crown of Thorns, the Tunic of Saint Louis and other major works along with a copper rooster on top of the spire were recovered unharmed from the fire.
  • Some paintings may have been damaged by the smoke, but all the artworks will be transferred to the storage facilities of the Louvre and then they will be dehumidified and restored after surveying the damage.
  • It is not known how much damage has been done to the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • It will roughly take a minimum of 5 years to rebuild the cathedral. Whether it will be closed for the entire time or parts of it will remain open, is still unclear.
  • The international fundraising campaign is launched. You can donate the money from the official website of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.


If you are wondering where Paris’ heart lies, then it is here. Also known as Our Lady of Paris, this cathedral is said to be one of the first Gothic cathedrals whose construction took place during the Gothic period. You can find gothic influences in its sculptures and the stained glasses of the cathedral’s windows. Its excellent interior decor is a marvelous example of medieval engineering. This might be the primary reason why it attracts more number of visitors as compared to the Eiffel Tower.

The most highlighted features of the cathedral are the three main entrances. Each of them is shaped differently and is accompanied with statues which were once colored to mark Bible lessons.

While there, you have to check out the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site. Apart from being architecturally stunning and historically significant, they also afford magnificent views of Paris and the River Seine. Extremely popular amongst tourists, you will encounter long lines to get in, but every minute spent waiting will feel worth the sight that awaits you after the steep climb.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Travel Tips

  • The cathedral is accessible by buses, tour buses, taxis and velib.
  • Part of the cathedral: the nave, side aisles and the transept are accessible for reduced mobility individuals.
  • The cathedral is open throughout the year. From May to October, the cathedral has night service as well.
  • In summer and on major holidays, the church might be a bit crowded. Hence, you might ask to stand for some time to enter.
  • Be decently dressed.
  • There are close to 150 steps in each tower with almost no resting place in between. That is why it is advisable that people with disabilities and health problems do not attempt to climb the towers.

Entrance Ticket Details For Notre Dame Cathedral

  • Free Entry to the cathedral.

Entry fees for towers:

  • Adults: 8.5€
  • Concessions (18 to 25): 5.50 €
  • Free admission: Minors under 18.
  • Free admission: 18 to 25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

Notre Dame Cathedral Hours

  • Cathedral reception: 9:30am-6pm (Monday to Friday) & 9am-6pm (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Audioguides: 9:30am-6pm (Monday to Saturday) & 1pm-6pm (Sundays)
  • Organized visit on English language: 2pm (Wednesday), 2pm (Thursday), 2:30pm (Saturday)
  • Timings for organized visit on other languages, visit the official website.       
  • For mass timings, visit the official website.

How to Reach Notre Dame Cathedral

  • By RER: Ligne B Station Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame; Ligne C station Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame
  • By metro:  Ligne 4-Station Cite or Saint-Michel; Ligne1,11-Station Hotel de Ville; Ligne 10-Station Maubert-Mutualite or Cluny-La Sorbonne; Lignes 7,11 et 14-Station Chatelet 

  • Notre Dame Cathedral Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
  • Notre Dame Cathedral Contact Number: +33-142345610
  • Time required to visit Notre Dame Cathedral: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 93.44% of people who visit Paris include Notre Dame Cathedral in their plan

  • 24.51% of people start their Notre Dame Cathedral visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Notre Dame Cathedral

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

62.63% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Notre Dame Cathedral

People normally club together Sainte Chapelle and Luxembourg Gardens while planning their visit to Notre Dame Cathedral.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Notre Dame Cathedral Reviews & Ratings

  • What can I say, it is a beautiful place. Neither myself nor my girlfriend are remotely religious but you couldn't help but feel...something, here. The scale of the place is fantastic, the architecture and history is fascinating. I am so glad I got to see it prior to the fire and I am so glad that it is going to be restored, places like this are so important to our culture, to our history that they should not be allowed to just rot.

  • This is architecture at its finest. Amazing details. Beautiful structure. Just simply breathtaking inside and out... the powerful and spiritual journey is life changing... the walk into the church that billions have visited over hundreds of years just takes you to a different place. VISITORS BE AWARE While visiting the cathedral itself is free. In order to climb the stairs and go to the top for the amazing views you do have to pay 10€. I strongly recommended going and reserving your time to climb the top before entering the cathedral. That way by the time ur done exploring the cathedral (1 - 1.5hrs or less), it will be your time to climb the top. Most people did not know that and by the time they got to the reservation area all the spots were gone (by 1430).

  • The stain glass windows are amazing. Outside the architecture is amazing. Some very strange statues. It makes you wonder why there’s a priest holding his own head. Others show babies being killed. The gargoyles are fantastic and watch over Paris. Admission was free which was a plus. An indispensable place for lovers of architectural masterpieces. The most famous cathedral in Paris near the river Sena, one of the oldest, was built in the Gothic style between 1163. and 1345. The witness is many events during the tumultuous history of France, an inspiration for writers. When the sun sets up looks like a fairy tale. History at it’s finest... I suggest to download the app to schedule your entry time for the tour, this will allow you to save a time slot, but be aware, if you miss your 10 minute window to get in you will have to wait until the next morning to get another opportunity to get in. You may walk into the actual church and see it, but cannot go up to the towers without the reservation.

  • Stunning architecture and an incredible experience. This cathedral is actually in use and the required silence inside makes the whole experience even more mesmerizing. I was the dork walking and looking up trying to find the gargoyles. You can see them much better on the sides of the church but they are way too high in the front, you might need binoculars. While inside, you can see a model of the church when it was built and read a little about the history. Highly recommended.

  • Free to go in, but the lines are very long. I wish I have known that you can pay 10 euros 💶 to go to the top of the structure. You can buy the ticket on the side of the building or online. They do close earlier than going into the church. You have to walk in and massive inside. Interesting info and art inside. I also suggest to come back at night time! 😉

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    • You will find above all the information regarding tickets under the section 'Ticket Prices' on this very page. Please note that the cathedral is currently not open to the public due to the recent fire.   

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