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The Devil in Notre Dame's details

This Gothic masterpiece took almost 200 years to build, only to be trashed by Huguenots, Revolutionaries, and World War II. Restoration efforts have triumphantly returned every last detail of the cathedral to its former magnificence. Here's what to look for!


The expressive stone gargoyles along the cathedral's facade are perhaps the most famous in the world. Just don't expect them to talk and fly like in The Hunchback of Notre Dame!

Rose window

At Notre Dame's south facade, the stained-glass Rose Window illustrates the story of the New Testament through an astonishing 84 panes!

Photo: Eric Chan @Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)

Great organ

There are no less than three organs at Notre Dame, but you definitely won't miss the main one. The Great Organ comprises an impressive five keyboards and 8,000 pipes!

Photo: ~Ealasaid~ @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


Among the religious relics on display at Notre Dame are a piece of Jesus' crucifix and a suspiciously bling Crown of Thorns. Get Your Guide cannot guarantee their authenticity!

Photo: ~Ealasaid~ @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Tower and Crypt

The tower provides visitors with a Quasimodo's-eye-view of the city below, while the crypt tells Notre Dame's history through ruins discovered at the site during construnction.

Notre Dame Cathedral: Our Tips

How much does it cost?

Admission to Notre Dame is free, but visitors will need tickets to enter the tower (€8.50) and the crypt (€6). Access to both is included in the price of the Paris Pass.

How to get there?

The closest Metro stop is Cité on the Metro 4 line.

How many steps is it to the top of the tower?

There are 387 steps to reach the panaromas over Paris and see the gargoyles up close, so it's best to know your physical limits.

Mass times

"On Sundays, all masses are held at the main altar. Arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time to get a seat. 8:30AM - Mass 9:30AM - Lauds service 10:00AM - Gregorian mass of the cathedral chapter 11:30AM - International mass 12:45PM - Mass 5:45PM - Vespers service 6:30PM - Mass All services are held in French. Masses are also held throughout the week. More details are available at the Notre Dame de Paris official website."

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    8:00AM to 6:45PM on weekdays - open until 7:15PM at weekends.
  • What is the price?
    Access itself is free of charge, although it's a good idea to invest in a tour to get the most out of your visit.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's worth checking out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    There are several metro stations in the vicinity of Notre Dame - on lines 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, and 14. The most immediate is Cité on the 4 line.
  • Additional tips
    *Be prepared to wait in a line outside, especially on weekends. *Dress modestly - you are in a church, after all.

What People Are Saying About Notre Dame Cathedral

Well worth the money to avoid so many queues!

Very informal but our guide ensured we didn't have to queue for security or lifts. She was friendly and accommodating.
Priority Access to the Eiffel Tower Reviewed by Rachel, 10/18/2016

It was very nice and the guide Kenza was very friendly.

It was very nice and the guide Kenza was very friendly and spoke English fluently. Compliments!

Sarah was amazing, very attentive, knowledgeable and funny. Brilliant

Our guide up the tower Sarah was so lovely and funny. We are very grateful we booked with you

Awesome tour guide, lots of fun facts, efficient use of time.

The tour guide makes the tour! Sebastian was an engaging, enthusiastic tour guide. He found commonalities with every family-group in his tour. He spoke at least 3 languages fluently --French, English, and Spanish-- and I wouldn't doubt he could throw in a few others. Though we were exhausted, we stayed with the group the whole time because our guide made the overview of la Tour and all the monuments in the view from la Tour so very interesting. We didn't have to wait in line to buy tickets, we got a great overview of the Tower and the city including interesting historical tidbits, and we had a gorgeous view of the city and sunset on our first night in Paris. Merci, Sebastian!

Very well done. The left promptly at 2030 and returned at 2134.

Beautiful seeing Paris by night from the river! And being able to see under the bridges we'd crossed was really cool too.
Paris Illuminations 1-Hour Night Cruise Reviewed by Laura, 10/01/2016

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