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The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is happy to welcome you: pilgrims, Christians, visitors from all over the world, believers and non-believers, everyone who is willing !

Notre-Dame de Paris is a church, a place of Roman Catholic worship, where Christians come together to pray. It opens its doors to you to participate in services or to freely visit the cathedral all year long.

Access to the cathedral is open and free of charge every day of the year, during the opening hours.

From the moment they enter the Portals, pilgrims and visitors are invited to relax, leaving the hubbub of the street behind, and show a respectful attitude, through both their behaviour and their clothing, to this great Christian site where men and women have come to pray and to confide in God for over eight centuries.

 

To attend services

To attend services, please take any seat in the nave (or in the choir for 8 and 9 o’clock masses during the week) a few minutes before the service, or 10 to 15 minutes before for Sunday and holiday services. For service times, visit this page or the agenda.
Participation in liturgical celebrations is open to the public and free of charge, it is not necessary and not possible to make a reservation.

All the services are in French, but the 11:30am mass on Sunday is the international Mass whith part of readings and prayers in english. There’s no service only in english at the cathedral.

 

Praying, reflecting in the cathedral

As a church, Notre-Dame de Paris is entirely devoted to religion. Some sites (the Christ on the Cross, the Reception Chapels, the Virgin with Child, the chapel of the Holy Sacrament...) serve more specific purposes to encourage pilgrims and visitors to reflect and pray. For more information, visit this page.

 

For individual tours

The cathedral organises visits every day. They last approximately one hour and present this site’s Christian message by examining the cathedral as a work of art and the artwork it houses (architecture, sculptures, paintings, stained glass, history). These visits are free of charge. You can find all the hours on the agenda and more information concerning tours on this page.

Audioguides are also available if you would like a visit with commentary without joining a group or if there are no visits offered by the cathedral when you will be at Notre-Dame. They also include an approximately 35-minute long visit, including the Treasury, presenting the cathedral’s spiritual message through its architecture, its History, its rosettes, its Life and its influence… Available from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (1:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sundays). Prices: €5.

The cathedral’s Treasury is located in the sacristy and presents liturgical objects, mainly made of gold. The Treasury of Notre-Dame de Paris exhibits objects from the 17th and 18th centuries and testifies to 19th century workmanship as seen in the painstakingly created gold liturgical objects, architecture, furniture and neo-gothic decoration. For more information, visit this page. Open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm; Sunday from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm Full price : €3. Reduced rate (under 26 years old, the unemployed, etc.) : €2. Children aged 6 to 12: €1.

Every day from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (from 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday), information hosts and hostesses are on hand for any questions. They are stationed at the information office located immediately inside the cathedral entrance. They are available by phone at +33 1 42 34 56 10.

To help you with your visit, booklets ranging in detail level (from €2 to €20) are available inside the cathedral: at the reception-information desk (at the entrance) or at the religious article sales counter (at the exit).

The cathedral Towers are also open for visits, which give breathtaking views of Paris, plus detailed looks at the roof, the spire, and the cathedral’s largest bell, the Emmanuel Bell. This visit is managed by the National Monuments Centre. Access located outside the cathedral, at the foot of the North Tower (rue du Cloître). For more information (opening hours and rates), visit this page.
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An archaeological Crypt located under the cathedral’s Parvis, shows the results of the excavations under the Parvis which revealed the ruins of ancient Paris. The entrance is located opposite the cathedral façade, across from the Police Headquarters / Préfecture de Police. For more information (opening hours and rates), visit this page.

You can also visit this page for more information.

 

For groups

The cathedral is a place of worship, so all visitors must remain silent. This will provide worshippers with optimum conditions for meditation and prayer and ensure that services go smoothly. For this reason, the cathedral’s clergy requests that all professional guides explaining the façade’s detailed iconography follow their groups inside the cathedral, while respecting the need for silence.

Special requests may be sent to accueil@notredamedeparis.fr.

 

For school groups

Notre-Dame de Paris has a Youth Reception service. It is organised by volunteers trained by the cathedral, who lead a visit of the building that varies according to the visitors’ age group. This visit, which lasts approximately one hour (or less for the youngest visitors), highlights the its Christian message by examining the cathedral as a work of art and the artwork it houses. These tours are free of charge, paid for by the cathedral. If you wish, you may make a donation to the cathedral to help cover the fees related to this Service.

Who is the Youth Reception Service designed for?
- early primary school classes, who are sensitive to the colours in rosettes;
- middle school classes who are aware of medieval society and its architecture;
- high school classes who are studying the history of French literature;
- university students studying literature, history or tourism…
- chaplain schools, youth groups
- the possibilities are endless for all age levels, from primary school to university.

These tours are available by reservation only, during school sessions (Académie de Paris). To organise a visit, send your request several weeks beforehand, by email to accueil@notredamedeparis.fr, or by fax to +33 1 42 34 52 87 or by post to Service Accueil-Jeunes – Notre-Dame de Paris – 6, Place du Parvis – 75004 Paris. Please include the number of students, their age, and any other special requests

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