Get Immersed in the history of Notre Dame Cathedral ~ Paris

Paris is not only a choice for romantic vacations but also an utopia for history buffs like me 🙂 Considering my first visit (definitely not last!!) to the city of lights, I wanted to cover all the top attractions and leaving out a few that will make me come back again 😀

notre-dame-front side
After spending few days in Paris, anyone would love to ride the metro/subway or maybe walk wherever possible. To visit the world famous cathedral I walked over 2 kms exploring every nook and corner and peeking into the little souvenir shops in the narrow lanes. Finally when I caught the glimpse of the the church from across the river Seine I was awestruck by the French-Gothic architecture which took over 200 years to build.


The cathedral stands tall at 130 meters and is almost 50 meters wide with windows as wide as 10 meters. Notre Dame de Paris is actually a french name for ‘Our Lady of Paris‘. The towers can be visited for city views, but it is always recommended to check with the timings because I got there post 5:30 PM and it was closed by then. The famous twin towers in the front stand high at 69 meters. 


Have you read about the last post where I posted some interesting facts about Louvre Museum.

#Interesting Facts about the Cathedral

– Notre-Dame was among the first building to use Flying Buttress – It was not intended initially, but as the construction started and when the thinner walls grew higher the structure wasn’t considered stable then the architects suggested to use the pattern.


– Till date, the cathedral remains the finest example of the French-Gothic architecture and at the same time it is also one of the largest church buildings in the world.


– During French revolution, the cathedral suffered severe desecration and many of its religious structures were destroyed. Towards the middle of 18th century, Eugene Viollet-le-Duc commenced extensive restoration for the same. 


– The construction of the church originally started in 1160 by Bishop Maurice de Sully and post his death different architects worked on the structure which justifies difference in the heights of western towers.


– Although the cathedral took almost 200 years to be built completely, one of the the major change came in 13th century when the North rose window was built based on Rayonnant style. 


– The cathedral has 10 bells and out of those the largest ~ Emmaneul is located in the Southern tower weighing over 13 tons. 


Found this beautiful sculpture while exploring the cathedral interiors – 


Quick Tip – Candles usually lay there for you to offer your prayers with but not mandatory to pay. However it is really nice if you could leave some money in the drop-box. I drop 1 Euro, you can do as you like, it is nice to be courteous!!

Have you been to Paris? Did you get a chance to visit Notre Dame? Please share you experience with me!!

Did I convince you enough to visit the cathedral?? If so, pin it for later..


– The Wanderer

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  1. I just love exploring the architecture of buildings like this. Notre Dame is so iconic, and your photos are beautiful. Those stained glass windows are stunning.


  2. The Notre Dame is definitely on my list of must-see places and I’ve really enjoyed reading this and learning some facts that I didn’t know. I am just amazed at the gorgeous architecture and can’t wait to see it myself someday.

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  3. You have taken beautiful pictures of splendid Notre-Dame in Paris. Watching Notre-dame from river Seine must be so picturesque. You revived memories of my visit to Paris. Though it was destructed many times in 18th century, it is restored in a beautiful way. Really French Gothic structure is stunning.

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  4. One of the bells weighs over 13 tons, wow, I never knew that! I agree that French Gothic architecture is stunning, and it’s so great to see it here in Notre Dame. It’s been a while since I last visited, and your post has encouraged me to see it again.

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