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Visit two iconic structures that best highlight Medieval Paris: the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sainte-Chapelle on this guided walking tour. Notre Dame a medieval Catholic cathedral is so much more than a mere historic monument. Inside the edifice, gaze upon the large, magnificent rose windows and the many large paintings within its chapels.
Thereafter, head to the most famous Gothic construction in Paris – the striking Sainte-Chapelle which dates as far back as the 13th century! The most impressive features of the chapel are the great stained glass windows which are among the finest of their type in the world. Enjoy the informative commentary and insight into Parisian architecture with your expert guide on this walking tour.
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
01 Nov - 31 Mar: Wednesday and Saturday
2.5 hoursStart time
Meet the guide at Charlemagne Statue on Notre Dame Esplanade 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris
Begin this guided tour from Charlemagne Statue on Notre Dame Esplanade, where you meet your guide. This walking tour takes you through the heart of Medieval Paris and promises a splendid tour of two iconic medieval structures: Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, popularized by Victor Hugo in his archetypal work Hunchback of Notre Dame and learn about its history and secrets. This iconic Cathedral in Paris dates as far back to the 12th century and has indeed stood the test of time with a formidable exterior façade. Your expert guide walks you through the significance of the western facade and its many symbols.
Gaze upon the three large portals: Portal of Judgment which personifies the Final Judgement; the Sainte-Anne Portal depicting the Mother and Child in Romanesque style, and the Portal of the Virgin which recounts the death of Mary and the coronation. Continue inside the edifice and admire its three large, magnificent rose windows and the many large paintings within its chapels.
After strolling through the striking interiors of Notre Dame, follow your guide to the Sainte-Chapelle for a guided tour of about one hour. This Gothic chapel was custom-built by Saint Louis for the sole purpose of housing Jesus Christ’s Crown of Thorns. Admire theextraordinary stained glass windows with amazing colours and minute details depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament. The Sainte-Chapelle is one of the most stunning models of Gothic constructions in the world.
The excursion ends after your visit to Sainte Chapelle, after which you are free to continue exploring the city on your own!
If a mass is in session, the guide will offer commentary on the church square, in front of the western façade.
The order of the visit may be modified by the guide or due to crowds within the cathedral.
Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Improper dress could result in refused entry.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
From the start of touring Notre Dame/St. Chapelle with Johanne (AWESOME guide!), Sharine with the Louvre and Cecily (sp? Awesome too!) the information and conversation were...Kelly Massett, United States, 26/Nov/2017