Most visitors adults
and children alike are familiar with this great
Gothic cathedral well before they set foot in
the city of Paris due to Victor Hugo's
novel 'Notre Dame de Paris' (The Hunchback of
Notre Dame), featuring the famous characters of
Esmerelda and the bell-ringer Quasimodo. The
story has featured in many films over the years
with Disney's 1996 animated version bringing the
story to a new generation.
cathedral's location on the Ile de la Cité in
the middle of the river Seine has, since the 4th
century, been the religious centre of the city.
First the Celts and then the Romans built places
of worship on the site. Then a Christian
basilica was built In the 6th century Before the
current cathedral's construction (1163 - 1345)
there was a was a Romanesque church here.
Much of what you see
today is the result of extensive19th century
restorations but it has
much to offer
culture vultures...we recommend that you visit
for interior and exterior detail.
Join the queue to the left of the building to
climb the towers (for a fee), but be aware it
moves very slowly! Our top tip is to
arrive around 15 minutes before the towers open
at 10am and see how many people are waiting.
Try and be at the tower
entrance 15 minutes
before opening time
(10.00am) to beat the
queues to the top of the
towers or better still,
save yourself money and
some weary legs climbing
the stairs of the towers
to take in the views by
walking (15 mins) over
to the Arabic Institute
and take the lift to the
top of the building to
take in the free views.