One of the biggest items on my travel to-do list was to visit Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Prior to visiting, my knowledge of the cathedral extended about as far as watching Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, but I had heard how beautiful it was inside and I wanted it to be one of the first places I experienced in Paris.

Notre-Dame Cathedral was built alongside the Seine beginning in 1163. Restorations and alterations have been made since, but the cathedral still has a similar appearance to when it was first completed in 1345. The pointed spires and flying buttresses on the outside of the cathedral are common to many churches built in the Gothic architectural style, but what I think sets Notre-Dame apart, and really any church for that matter, are the smaller details – the statues, carvings, and sculptures that tell the church’s stories.

I have heard people say that if you’ve seen one cathedral then you’ve seen them all, but I have to disagree. It’s a new experience for me every time. Of course, pictures don’t quite do it justice. Just go and check it for yourself and I promise you, you won’t regret it!

Another plus reason to visit Notre Dame de Paris cathedral is that entrance is FREE! There’s always a line, but it moves rather quickly. You pay only if you want to have a panoramic view from the top (which I hear is really worth it, but with a baby on hand we didn’t get a chance to climb the 387 stairs…next time)!

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