Notre-Dame de Paris, the historical heart of the Île de la Cité

Published by Laurent P. · Photos by Laurent P. · Updated on 12 April 2021 at 21h40 · Published on 17 April 2019 at 16h50
With its 13 million visitors per year, Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the finest monuments and a witness of Paris history since its construction.

Victor Hugo made it brilliantly immortal in one of his most legendary novels from French literature… Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the most beautiful jewels of the French capital and probably the most visited monuments in the City of Lights. Every year, not less than 13 million visitors come and roam around the alleys of the nave and other apses of the building.

The construction of the building started under the order of Bishop Maurice de Sully in 1163, before ending several centuries later, in the middle of the 14th century. A building that saw history happen before its eyes, from the coronation of Napoleon I in 1804 to François Mitterrand’s funeral in 1996, without forgetting the Magnificat sung for the Liberation of Paris on August 26, 1944.

Good to know: there are beehives atop the Sacristy, and the cathedral makes its own honey. 96-m high, 45.5-m large and 127-m long, the latter is an impressive building on the Île de la Cité, like a beacon in the darkness. A building to visit and visit again, like the place in the front that houses the Île de la Cité archeological crypt, holding the vestiges of a past Paris, a testimony of the history of one of the world’s most visited cities.

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame
75004 Paris 4

commun Métro - RER :
- Cité (4)
- Saint Michel - Notre-Dame (B,C)
- Hôtel de Ville (1,11)
- Maubert-Mutualité / Cluny - La Sorbonne (10)
- Châtelet - Les Halles (7,14,A,D)


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Cathédrale fermée suite à l'incendie du 15 avril 2019.

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