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“A piece of History and religion in the center of Paris.”

Notre Dame Cathedral
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This famous cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture on which construction began in the 12th century, stands on the Île de la Cité and is the symbolic heart of the city.
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“A piece of History and religion in the center of Paris.”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

In the center of Paris (Ile de la cité) it is this magnificent Cathedral of the year 1163,with a long story( damaged by the people on the french revolution) and part of the story of the writer Victor Hugo.
Has a Gothic style and it is magnificent, actually it is in repairing but is possible to see the biggest part of the cathedral,the entrance is free and there are not long lines.
Perfect to take good pictures from outside on the front of the Cathedral, inside just pictures without flash.
On the right side you have the river and a monument to an old king.
On the left side,outside the cathedral it is possible(the price is 8 euros) to go to the top of the monument and see the fantastic view.
Mandatory to see in Paris!!!

Visited November 2013
Thank Pedro E
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“Beautiful at a slower pace”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

When I visited Notre Dame, I didn't want to just take dozens of pictures and then head on to the next Parisian architectural gem. No, I went in, found a seat within the iconic cathedral, and then took my time allowing the cathedral's serenity to soak in. It felt like stepping back in time, and it was amazing how the colors from the stained glass mirrors seemed grow stronger as time went on. Definitely don't fail to miss out on that experience!

Visited May 2013
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“Notre dame”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Took the open top bus and got off right at the notre dame.
Huge building, we didn't go inside as the queues where massive by the time we got there.
Steps at the front where you can clim and take some good photos

Visited October 2013
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“Too much commercialism in a church!”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Church is beautiful in itself, but there were too many machines in there that sold tokens (why have 6+ of these machines in the church itself?!?!?), allowed you to listen to audio CDs that you can subsequently buy, and pushed donations too aggressively.

If a famous and important institution like this is stuggling financially, then perhaps it's better to ask the govt/state/pvt investors for funds instead of making visitors feel like they are in a tourist trap.

Notre Dame, improve thyself!

Visited November 2013
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“Visited during a weekday service”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

850th Anniversary bleachers set up out front so the exterior pictures aren't that good. No line when we were there either. There was a service going on while we were there so we got to hear the organ playing as well. OK to take pictures on the inside. Many beautiful stained glass windows (we also visited Sainte-Chappele and Sacre Coeur). Fabulous building both inside & out.

Visited September 2013
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