Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is the perfect place for sweeping views of the city. On a cold winter morning, Paul and I bundled up in our hats & scarves, grabbed a cappuccino and headed to the world’s most famous cathedral.
HISTORY OF NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame has a rich history. It was built over 800 years ago and sits in the middle of the river Seine, on the small island of Ile de la Cite. This stunning structure took over 200 years to build, starting in 1163 during King Louis VII’s reign, it was completed in 1345. Both Henry VI of England and Napoleon himself were crowned inside the walls of the cathedral (although some 400 years apart).
The Cathedral’s infamous Rose Window was rumored to be a target of the German soldiers during World War II. In an attempt to prevent damage, the window was installed after the war had ended. This iconic Rose window is the largest glass window in the world, built in the 13th century.
ENDLESS VIEWS OF PARIS
If you’re looking for killer views of Paris, channel your inner Quasimodo and climb to the top of Notre Dame. It’s a brisk 140 steps to the top of the bell tower, and it feels as though you’re transported to another world. I truly felt like I was in a Parisian dream. I’m obsessed with the Gargoyles, keeping close watch over the city below.
Paris is full of museums, endless cafes, and stunning Parisian architecture. While I have loads of recommendations, I wanted to focus on one of my favorite (tourist) spots in Paris. No trip is complete without a visit to Notre Dame. If you’re planning to visit, be sure to get there early, as the morning fades, the lines grow longer. Notre Dame Cathedral is a must-see!
What are your favorite roof-top views in Paris?