Climbing the 387 steps to the top of this masterpiece is well worth the effort for the spectacular view. Construction of the ... More
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Climbing the 387 steps to the top of this masterpiece is well worth the effort for the spectacular view. Construction of the first great Gothic cathedral began in 1163 and was largely completed by 1212. The rebuilding of the two transept gates in 1270 marked its completion. The west face is adorned with three richly decorated doorways and crowned with two 69-meter (226-feet) tall towers. The cathedral is busy at the best of times; especially on Sundays, when much of the building is closed to visitors.
I have always loved Notre Dame as a place of history, and not of religion. I marvel at the audacity of the structure because back when it was being constructed no one thought it would last long. Also because on this sacred ground, persecuted people were sentenced to death here. If you get a chance, when you walk in, on your right will be a black cross and it is so special because it became black because of the smoke of the candles. It is as if you are traveling back 600 years. This is a must for beginners who explore Paris.
To be honest, I liked Notre Dame but I was not overly impressed. I absolutley love Paris and was able to go too many places during my two week stay- but if you are short on time -skip Notre Dame. The architecture is great- but it is always crowded with tourists and there are many pan handlers surrounding the building. Also, the cost to go into Notre Dame and the line you will almost positivley have to wait in makes the experience not as pleasurable as many other Parisian landmarks.
I am a college student who studied abroad in Paris two years ago. When people ask me what I liked most about the city, I always tell them going to Notre Dame. The Eiffel tower is the usual connection people think of when they think of Paris, but for me, I think of Norte Dame. It is such a beautiful building - so rich in history. I trip to the top is definitely worth the long hike. This place is great!