Notre Dame Cathedral | Paris


Ah, Notre Dame. While visiting Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, it was a bit reminiscent of the time I visited St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. Growing up in Catholic schools, I learned a great deal about these places of worship. So walking into Notre Dame was one of those, ‘Wow. I’m really here’ moments. Luckily entrance to the Cathedral was free and we walked right in with no lines or fuss. 


The interior was very dimly lit, with large chandeliers and votive candles lighting the space. It was a gorgeous sight and Van and I just wandered around in silence gazing around and taking it all in.




Completed in 1345, this Cathedral is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. With its flying buttresses, stained glass and naturalist elements, it’s no wonder it is one of the most recognized Cathedrals in the world. And the historic events that have taken place inside the Cathedral are just as impressive. 



After our tour of the interior, which took about 20 minutes, we walked around the park surrounding the Cathedral. On a sunny day, this little park on Ile de la Cite would be a brilliant place to have a picnic.




And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t share one last photo of the stunner at night….from the Love Lock Bridge. Swoon.


Open every day of the year from 8:00 am to 6:45 pm (7:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays).
Cost: Free

Audioguides and tours are available for a fee.

Have you been to Notre Dame? 

25 comments

  1. Beautiful photos of Note Dame! I love the ones from the garden outside - missing those pretty colorful leaves :-) The view from its tower is one of my favorites of Paris, though not free and often has a long line.

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  2. I loved reliving Notre-Dame through you! This and St Paul's Cathedral have been my favorite churches we've seen in Europe!

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  3. Beautiful place with a magical feel. Love your pictures! www.eatallovertheworld.com

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  4. I loved going to Notre-Dame and I'm glad you enjoyed it too! xx

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  5. Notre Dame is sooo pretty! I was lucky enough to go inside when I went to Paris with my parents back in the day... but the last time I was there with Jimmy, we missed it by 10 minutes! I keep telling him, now we just have to go back to Paris ;) ha

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  6. I loved Notre Dame! I was there when Mass was going on... was really cool.

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  7. Love that last photo from the bridge! Notre Dame is too pretty.

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  8. I know! I was kind of in shock....every major church we visit always has a cost!

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  9. Oh I will have to try that next time! However, the views from our apartment were incredible, so we felt like we got a little taste of theviews over Paris :)

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  10. I really wanted to go through St. Pauls....I just couldn't get over the 17GBP price tag!! Crazy! I couldn't believe Notre Dame was free!

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  11. It definitely was magical....it was so low lit....unlike most cathedrals we visit, so the candlelight just made it so amazing!

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  12. Even though I was sick and puny, I syill enjoyed it :) And again....super congratulations! I'm so excited for you!

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  13. Aren't there so many reasons to go back to Paris?? I have a feeling Paris will make for a good girlfriends trip whenever we make it back to the states :)

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  14. Oh I bet that was cool! That happened while I was at St Peters, but St. Peters is so massive, you wouldn't have even known! I really enjoyed Notre Dame....I want to go to the top next time!

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  15. We just happened to drive past it on a tour we took (coming soon) and I had to stop and take a picture...I couldn't believe how perfectly Parisian it was!

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  16. Oh nice! I kind of wish my apt was higher up than the 1st floor to get a view of the city, except for the whole lugging up groceries thing. What area did you stay in?

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  17. We stayed in Montmartre and had an apartment on the 7th floor with a balcony! It was an amazing find! But yeah, groceries would not be fun..it did have an elevator but my husband and I barely fit in there together! I eventually will share a post on our apt....because it was great!

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  18. Beautiful photographs! I never tire of seeing Notre-Dame, it's such a beautiful building. But I actually think that picture from the park, with all the golden leaves scattered across the ground, is my favourite. It's like the epitome of a beautiful autumnal day :) x

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  19. The tree-lined walk and the last photo are both breathtaking! Nice work!!!

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  20. I absolutely adored Notre Dame. It has been my favorite cathedral I have toured, thus far. It definitely had a sense of holiness to it that I found lacking in other cathedrals.

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  21. It really did! Maybe all the candlelight? I'm partial to Ely Cathedral here where I live, but Notre Dame is high on the list for sure!

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  22. Love this post! We are planning on meeting friends in Paris this May and I, for one, would love to see Notre Dame. I have a thing for old churches and cathedrals.

    My husband and I are currently living in Germany as expats and blog about our adventures too. Feel free to check it out (today's post is all about German Karneval!): http://www.submergedoaks.com/

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  23. Hey Meghan! I will definitely check out your blog....love connecting with other expats :) Notre Dame is great (and it's free!) You should check out my posts on Ely Cathedral if you like cathedrals! Its in my town and although I am a little biased, it is the most beautiful to me!

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