The cathedral was built over a period of 200 years. Its construction was initiated by Bishop Maurice de Sully around 1160.
Architects Lassus and Viollet-le-Duc spent 20 years restoring it in the 19th century to undo the damage caused by the Revolution and the disastrous modifications made in the 18th century.
A prime example of Gothic architecture, its towers rise to a height of 69 m.
Notre-Dame is also the mythical setting of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. After climbing 400 steps, visitors can discover its fantastic chimeras and hear the bourdon ring as it did in the days of Quasimodo.
> Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.
> Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian.
> 422 steps, no lift.
Rue du cloître Notre-Dame, Paris 4e.
+33 (0)1 53 40 60 80.
10am-5:30pm from 10.1 to 03.31 ; 10am-6:30pm from 04.1 to 09.30 ; late opening until 11pm on Saturdays and Fridays of July and August. Last entry 45 min prior to closing. Closed on 01.1, on 05.1 and on 12.25.
-18s and -26s (E.U citizens and residents) free.
No entry fee on the first Sunday of each month from 1.11 to 3.31 inclusive.
Please note : For security reasons, there is no privileged access with the pass.
Attention: due to work, access to south belfry and bell Emmanuel is closed until further notice.
Groups booking obligatory (fax 01 53 40 60 96) subject to availability (25 pass per group).