Your Hotel Saint Jacques recommends that you take a tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral during your Parisian break. You’ll be awestruck by its majestic architecture. Don’t miss the opportunity to climb the 422 steps of the towers to enjoy a breathtaking view of the cathedral and the heart of Paris.

 

A witness to the history of France

Famous throughout the world, Notre-Dame Cathedral is the most visited religious building in France. Located in the heart of the Ile de la Cité, the historic centre of the city, this holy place was begun in 1163 and only completed in the 18th century. Through the centuries it has witnessed the history of Paris, from numerous royal weddings and the coronation of Napoleon III to the funerals of some of the most illustrious people in history.

 

A Gothic masterpiece inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

The cathedral is majestic both on the outside and the inside. You will first be impressed by the spectacular facade and its three large doorways decorated with exquisite stone carvings. As you step inside, many more treasures await, including the awe-inspiring nave and the splendid stained glass rose windows... Booklets are available to provide information about what you are seeing, and docents are at your service to answer all your questions.

 

From the top of the towers ... the City of Light

Are you ready? In the cathedral’s towers a daunting 422 steps await hardy visitors whose efforts are rewarded with one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital. But before reaching the coveted summit, the route has plenty of surprises in store, including the stunning Gothic vaulted architecture of the Salle Haute, and the Galerie des Chimères with its famous gargoyles and other fantastic stone figures gazing balefully out over the people scurrying below. Just before reaching the summit you can get a close look at the belfry and its bells, including the famous 13 tonne bourdon called Emmanuel.

 

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