Address: 6 Parvis Notre Dame, Paris 4
Metro: Cité, Hôtel de Ville, Châtelet
Hours: Open everyday from 8 am – 6:45 pm. Saturdays and Sundays closes at 7:15 pm
Phone: 01 42 34 56 10

At Ile de la Cité, you can find one of the most famous cathedrals in the world Notre Dame de Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral was built on the site where a Roman Temple once stood.

The construction of this Gothic cathedral began in 1163 and took place under the supervision of Bishop Maurice de Sully. However, it’s construction was not complete until 1272.  Notre dame was to be dedicated to Virgin Mary and for this reason the whole city participated in its construction from offering money, labour or advise.

After being neglected and damaged during the French Revolution, the 23 year long renovation began in 1845 by Viollet-le-Duc. In 1991 another major restoration program  started on the church.

Throughout history, Notre Dame has been a witness to major events such as the Coronation of Henry VI and Napoleon I.

Inside Notre Dame is just as impressive as it’s outside ( a little too dark for my taste). You can fine beautiful stained glass windows inside with the most famous and original one being the 13 meter high Rose Window. The stories of Bible are also told in the form of paintings.

Notre Dame de Paris