Paris Travel Planner   Les Tours de Notre-Dame, Paris
 The towers of Notre-Dame provide beautiful views of Paris and also allow you to get up close and personal with the gargoyles and chimera.




The towers of Notre-Dame were made famous by Victor Hugo's 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (in French called simply Notre-Dame de Paris). Their mystique continues to attract many visitors.

Space in the towers is limited, and it seems there is always a long line. Here are some tips: if you arrive 15-30 minutes before the towers open in the morning, you'll be at the front of the line and the first entry.

Throughout the day, about 25 visitors are let in every 10 minutes, so you can look at the line and figure out your waiting time.

Is it worth it? Yes. You will climb about 400 steps, starting in the North Tower (on the left as you face the church). After an obligatory stop in the gift shop, you continue to climb to the mid level, where you can walk across the entire front of the cathedral and enjoy the panoramic views.

As you cross to the South Tower, stop to visit the cathedral's great 13-ton bourdon bell, Emmanuel, rung only on special occations.

Continue your climb to the top of the South Tower, where your visit is limited to a few minutes, but is adequate to enjoy the views from all angles.

The Seine passes beneath you on either side of Île de la Cité, and you get great views of the Latin Quarter below and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

What about those gargoyles and chimera ? You're right next to them. While they're both described as grotesques, note that gargoyles have water spouts, while chimera are simply decorative.

Métro: Cité or St-Michel
RER: St-Michel Notre-Dame

La Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris

Famous Churches of Paris

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Notre-Dame Cathedral

Ile de la Cité

What to See and Do in Paris

Panoramic Views of Paris





View from Notre-Dame Towers

Above: View from South Tower of Notre-Dame, Paris.
Below: Detailed carving, as seen from the Towers, Notre-Dame, Paris.

Detail, Notre-Dame, Paris

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