With its two majestic towers, pointed spire, soaring flying buttresses, stained glass windows and pipe organ, Notre-Dame remains one of the capital's most fascinating buildings.
It was constructed at the end of the 11th Century in the early Gothic style, restored in the 19th Century and was taken great care of over the following century and quickly became one of the most dearly held monuments in the hearts of the French.
Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
6, place du Parvis-Notre-Dame 75004 Paris
Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 42 34 56 10 Fax: + 33 (0) 1 40 51 70 98
Upon its completion, the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral was the largest in the West.© Satina / 123RF
The rose stained glass window is inscribed in the center of a square of over 40 meters per side.© Kevin George - age fotostock
Fantastical and often grotesque, chimeras, as opposed to gargoyles, have no purpose other than decoration.© Volha Kavalenkava / 123RF
The construction of the west facade of Notre Dame lasted from 1200 to 1250.© Andrey Omelyanchuk / 123RF
Some 13 million visitors and pilgrims enter the cathedral every year.© Ostill / 123RF