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Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

I didn’t see Quasimodo inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He is, of course – along with Esmeralda – fictional.  But this Catholic cathedral seems to be tied to his name or the other way around. Thanks to Victor Hugo who made this church a setting of his well-known novel, “The Huncback of Notre Dame.” For literary fans, you can’t talk Notre Dame without mentioning the Romantic-Gothic affair of Quasimodo and Esmeralda.

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

The Queue. It’s looooong. So be prepared when it’s hot in the summer. Unless, of course, if you’re there as soon as it opens.

Related: Interesting Facts About Paris and the Views from Arc De Triomphe

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

The Icons at the Entrance / West Gate. Notre Dame was built in the 12th century. It is one of the most revered Gothic churches in France. Before you step into the entrance door, look up and see the details of the sculptures above you. They’re pretty amazing Christian icons.

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

The Holy Crown of Thorn. Inside, there’s a separate room (for an extra fee) where you can see the Holy Crown of Thorn. It is said that this is the same thorny crown that was placed on Jesus’ head while he was carrying the cross. A Passion relic, they say. I didn’t go inside but my friend did. She said, she didn’t see it there. 😀

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

The Stained Glass. They’re beautiful and head-turners. It’s hard not to appreciate them. The craftsmanship of these stained glass windows are lit! They’re not just decorations. If you look through your camera by zooming it in, you’ll find that those tiny figures actually tell a story. Take for example the rose-patterned window shows the 80 scenes of the Virgin Mary from the Old Testament.

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

The Crypt. Sounds creepy, right? But, if architecture, archaeology and history is your cup of tea, go down and see it for yourself.

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Gargoyles. They’re creepy and they’re everywhere on the building.

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

To the Tower. I didn’t have the chance to get up there. I thought that the entrance to get to the tower was inside. I was so wrong. I had to exit and turn right. When I arrived at the gate at 4:03, the lady guard said that no more visitors were allowed. Apparently, the last visitors to get in is at 4:00 p.m.

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Around the Cathedral. Do what I did. Sit outside in one of the cafes that surrounds the Cathedral. Get some cheese and wine. 😀 Well, I got a cheese cake and a glass of wine though. 😀 A walk from here, you’ll find Shakespeare and Company, a cafe and Paris’ most favorite bookstore.

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sculptures. There are a lot of carved statues , big and small, inside Notre Dame. There’s this one that seems so weird to me. See photo below. Is this the Gothic version of Michelangelo’s “Pieta?”

How to get to Notre Dame. Get on the subway line 4 and get off at Cite.

How to get to Notre Dame. Get on the subway line 4 and get off at Cite.

How to get to Notre Dame. Get on the subway line 4 and get off at Cite.

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (France).

Where to Stay in Paris

Of course, you should stay at St Christopher Hostell / Inn at Gare Du Nord. It’s just few steps from Gare Du Nord Metro that goes to any points in the city. It’s convenient, accessible and safe. The hostel rooms are spacious and clean with beds that allow you some privacy by pulling the curtains of your bunk bed.

 

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