Guided Tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral Area and the Sainte Chapelle
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Discover the legendary Opéra Garnier and find out the secrets of Paris with a guided tour on foot through the covered passages of the city. End your tour with a panoramic view of Paris from the rooftop of the Galeries Lafayette.
Our guide to Guided Tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral Area and the Sainte Chapelle
The tour will begin with a guided visit of the Notre Dame Cathedral to discover its history and mysteries. Built between the 12th and the 14th century, Paris’s iconic Cathedral was made famous by the coronation of Napoleon I in 1804. To begin, your guide will explain the significance of the exterior façade. The western facade looking out on the church square gives the church an imposing appearance, which has captivated contemporary art and architecture specialists. The façade displays many symbols related to the Virgin Mary. It includes three large portals: a central portal called the Portal of Judgment incarnates the Final Judgment; to the right, a Mother and Child in Romanesque style are depicted on the Sainte-Anne Portal; the Portal of the Virgin, on the left of the monument, recounts the death of Mary and the coronation. Victor Hugo popularized the Cathedral in his literary works, including the archetypal “Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
The visit will then continue inside the building, where light seems to burst through the stained-glass windows, giving the Cathedral a spiritual dimension. Marvel at its three sizable, magnificent rose windows.
After visiting Notre Dame, follow your guide to the Sainte Chapelle for a guided tour of about one hour. This Gothic chapel was commissioned to be built by Saint Louis in order to house Christ’s Crown of Thorns. You can also see exceptional stained glass windows, which depict scenes from both the Old and New Testament. Their colors and minute detail are sure to amaze you. The Sainte Chapelle is one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in the world. The excursion ends after your visit to Sainte Chapelle. You may then continue to discover Ile de la Cité on your own.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from April - October and Wednesdays & Saturdays from November - March
Around 2.5 hours
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Guided Tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral Area and the Sainte Chapelle
- Please be at the meeting point at least 30 minutes before the tour begins.
- The itinerary is subject to change without notice.
- You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
- Once booked tickets are non refundable.