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Notre-Dame-de-Paris cathedral, located on the Île de la Cité, is an emblematic symbol of Paris and France. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, its construction began in 1163 at the instigation of Bishop Maurice de Sully and spanned more than two centuries. Damaged during the French Revolution, it was saved by Victor Hugo's novel "Notre-Dame de Paris" published in 1831, prompting a major restoration between 1844 and 1864 by the architect Viollet-le-Duc.

Before the fire on April 15, 2019, which destroyed the roof and part of the structure, Notre-Dame was the most visited Parisian monument, attracting around twenty million annual visitors. President Macron has promised to rebuild it by 2024. Despite the challenges, the reconstruction is progressing and the opening is forecast for+ december 2024. During the work, guided tours around the cathedral are offered for visitors.

Localisation
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, 6 parvis Notre-Dame, Paris, 75004, France

Open hours

After the fire of April 15, 2019 and until the re-opening of 2024, visits are planned according to the evolution of the rebuilding of Notre Dame. For more information on this subject and the current schedule of visits click on Notre Dame de Paris.

For your information, before the fire of 2019, the Notre Dame site included four spaces for visits (Independent Visits and entrances): la Cathedrale, Tower of Notre Dame, Treasure of the Cathedral and the Archaeological crypt

Cathédrale Notre Dame (la Cathedrale)
6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II
75004 PARIS
Tél : 33 (0)1 42 34 56 10
http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/
Position GPS : 48° 51′ 11″ Nord2° 20′ 59″ Est
Opening: The cathedral is open every day of the year from 8:00 am to 6:45 pm (7:15 pm on Saturday and Sunday). Entrance is free. NO LUGGAGE IS ALLOWED
Offices (Masses) : see on http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/article23.html<

Tours de Notre Dame (Tower of Notre Dame) (Visite gérée par le Centre des Monuments Nationaux)
Tel :01 53 10 07 00
http://notre-dame-de-paris.monuments-nationaux.fr/fr/bdd/page/visites
Open: every day from April 1 to September 30 from 10 am to 6:30 pm (Nocturne in July and August: Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 11 pm) and from October 1 to March 31, 10 am to 5:30 pm. Last access 45 mn before closing. Schedules subject to change
Closed: January 1, May 1, December 25
The tour of the Notre-Dame towers allows you to visit all the high parts of the western facade dating from the 13th century, to contemplate the gargoyles and chimerical sculptures built by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century as well as the Bumblebee of the 17th century.
Note: 387 steps without elevator to reach the top of the South Tower, it is recommended to be in good shape!
The entrance for the visit of the Towers is located OUTSIDE the cathedral, on the left side of the facade, rue du cloître Notre-Dame.

Trésor de la Cathédrale (Treasure of the Cathedral) (Visite)
http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/spip.php?rubrique21
Opening: The Cathedral Treasury can be visited every day at the following times: Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, Sunday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
These schedules can be modified for special celebrations.
The Treasure of Our Lady, like the other treasures of religious buildings, preserves objects intended for the liturgy of the Catholic Church. Sacred vessels, ornaments and liturgical books are used for the celebration of Mass, other services and the administration of the sacraments.
Before the Revolution :
The treasury of Notre-Dame was among the richest in France until the Revolution of 1789 when it was brutally destroyed. No object from the old treasure remains.
The reconstitution of the treasure :
The handing over to Notre-Dame in 1804 of several Holy Relics of the Passion, preserved before the Revolution at the Sainte-Chapelle, marks the beginning of the reconstitution of the treasure. Orders from the Chapter and donations, often from illustrious personalities or ecclesiastics, enriched it. Ravaged again during the riots of 1830 and the sacking of the archbishopric in 1831, the treasure experienced a new lease of life with the restoration of the cathedral and the reconstruction of the sacristy in 1849 by the architect Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, who strove to give it a coherent appearance by adopting the neo-gothic style for the architecture, furnishings and goldsmithery.

Crypte archéologique (Archaeological crypt) (Visite)
1, place du Parvis Notre-Dame
75004 Paris
Tél. : 01 55 42 50 10
http://www.crypte.paris.fr/
Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Ticket Office closes at 5:30 pm.
Closed on Monday and holidays
The archaeological crypt under the square in front of Notre-Dame de Paris has been set up to protect the remains discovered during the excavations carried out from 1965 onwards by the Old Paris Commission (Department of History of Architecture and Archaeology). This space opened its doors in 1980 with the aim of presenting the elements of the buildings that succeeded one another on the site from antiquity to the 19th century.
The Archaeological Crypt is located under the forecourt and can be accessed by stairs located opposite the cathedral, near the Prefecture of Police. The crypt is currently managed by the Carnavalet Museum.

Access
  • Métro - Line 4 - Station "Cité" or "Saint Michel" and ligne 10 - Station "Cluny - La Sorbonne"
  • RER - Lines B and C - Station "Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame"
  • Bus - 21, 27, 38, 47, 63, 67, 85, 86, 87, 96
Address

Cathédrale Notre Dame
6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II
75004 PARIS

Quartier Notre-Dame (4e arr.)

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48° 51′ 11″ 2° 20′ 59″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.85298 2.35042

 

Reservation

After the fire of April 15, 2019 and until the re-opening of 2024, visits are planned according to the evolution of the rebuilding of Notre Dame. For more information on this subject and the current schedule of visits click here on Notre Dame de Paris.

Full description

Notre-Dame-de-Paris : a long way over 8 centuries, at 300 m from la Sainte Chapelle, la Tour de l'Horloge and le Palais de Justice de la cité.

Notre-Dame-de-Paris cathedral: from its modest origin to now

A simple royal parish church in the Middle Ages, now a cathedral, commonly known as Notre-Dame, is one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris and France. It is located in the center of Paris, on the Ile de la Cité. It is a Catholic place of worship and seat of the archdiocese of Paris, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The impulse of the bishop Maurice de Sully with the help of Victor Hugo

Started under the impetus of Bishop Maurice de Sully, its construction took more than two centuries, from 1163 to the middle of the 14th century. It suffered many damages during the French Revolution.

It was not saved until the publication of Victor Hugo's book "Notre Dame de Paris" published in 1831. This novel is both a story of compassion and heroism and in the face of the demolition project due to the dilapidated state of the building, a saving appeal by Victor Hugo for its restoration. It led to an important restoration between 1844 and 1864, by the architect Viollet-le-Duc, who incorporated new elements and motifs. For these reasons, the style is not of a total uniformity: the cathedral has characters of the primitive Gothic and the radiant Gothic. The two rosettes, which adorn each arm of the transept, are among the largest in Europe.

Victor Hugo's book also inspired many films, songs, a musical "Notre-Dame de Paris" whose premiere was played on September 16, 1998, at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.

The treasures of Notre-Dame-de-Paris

The Cathedral contains priceless treasures. The building itself: towers, stained-glass windows, sculptures, portals, rosettes, gargoyles, spire, chapels. But also its organ, historical bells, and of course "The Treasure of Notre Dame", reliquaries and relics, precious manuscripts, cult objects and souvenirs of Popes,

Before the fire of April 15, 2019, Notre-Dame-de-Paris was the most visited Parisian Monuments. It attracted about twenty million pilgrims and visitors per year, including fourteen million entering the cathedral.

The cathedral on fire, in the evening of April 15, 2019

The fire destroyed the roof of the cathedral and its 13th-century framework, the arrow of Viollet-le-Duc architect, and several vaults forming the ceiling (that of the transept crossing, that of the north transept, and a span of the nave). The next day, in a special televised address, President Macron declared: "We will rebuild the cathedral even more beautiful, and I want it completed within five years". So we'll see you in 2024 for the reopening.

The reconstruction of the Cathedral de Notre-Dame-de-Paris

The work is on the right track despite enormous difficulties to save the walls that remained in an unstable balance. Another problem has been the dispersion of molten lead by heat and fumes scattered in the surrounding area, dangerous for the health of the local residents. Everything has been secured and reconstruction can begin. Will the 2024 objective be met because the work is enormous?

Can we visit the Cathedral in the meantime?

In the meantime, the Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral and CASA volunteer guides are offering free tours around the cathedral (approximately one hour). The next visits are indicated in the calendar, regularly updated, which you can find on Visiting Notre Dame during reconstruction.

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