The Towers and the Crypt

Cathedral Tower visit


The Notre-Dame tower visit is a trip through all of the upper parts of the western façade, dating from the 13th century, where visitors can contemplate the gargoyles and chimera built by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and the 17th century Emmanuel Bell.


387 steps (there is no elevator) to the top of the South Tower.
It’s best to be in good shape !




The entrance for the visit of the tower is located OUTSIDE of the cathedral, on the left-hand side of the facade, Rue du Cloître Notre-Dame.

The Tower visit is managed by the National Monuments Centre.

- Informations : +33 1 53 10 07 00 or the website of the National Monuments Centre

Opened every day:
- from April 1st till September 30th, from 10 AM to 6:30 PM
(in July and August : Friday and Saturday, from 10 AM to 11 PM)
- from October 1st to March 31st, 10 am to 5:30 pm
Last access 45 mn before the closure
Closed on January 1st, in May 1st, December 25th
Hours under reserve


The archaeological Crypt of the Parvis de Notre-Dame

The archaeological Crypt under the Parvis de Notre-Dame de Paris was built to protect the ruins discovered during the excavations that began in 1965, conducted by the Commission du Vieux Paris (Archaeology and Architecture History Department). The crypt was opened in 1980 with the aim of presenting elements from the successive buildings constructed on the site from Ancient times to the 19th century.

The archaeological Crypt is located under the Parvis and accessed by staircases opposite the cathedral, near the Police Headquarters / Préfecture de Police.

The crypt is currently managed by the Musée Carnavalet.

- Website of the archaeological Crypt of the Parvis

1, place du Parvis Notre-Dame
75004 Paris
Tel: +33 1 55 42 50 10
Fax: : +33 1 43 29 30 55

- Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.
Ticket counters close at 5:30 pm.
Closed Mondays and public holidays

Children’s and adults’ activities, tours, lectures, workshops: information and
reservations at +33 1 44 59 58 32 (telephone) or +33 1 44 59 58 07 (fax)

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