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).
Audioguides and tours are available for a fee.
Have you been to Notre Dame?