Preparing for your visit

The Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral is pleased to welcome you : Pilgrims, Christians, visitors from all over the world, believers or non-believers, all men of good will!

Notre-Dame de Paris is A church, a place of Roman Catholic worship, Where Christians gather to pray. It opens its doors wide for you to participate in the offices or to visit it freely throughout the year.

Access to the cathedral is free and free every day of the year at the opening times.

From the moment they cross the portals, Pilgrims and visitors are invited to calm down, leaving out the tumult of the forecourt, and Adopt An attitude of respect both in their behaviour and in their dress Towards this high place of Christianity where men and women come to pray and entrust themselves to God for more than eight centuries.

For safety reasons, no baggage is allowed.

Visitors with cameras or camera are also asked to respect the architectural work by not using flash or tripod.

 

 

To attend the offices

To attend the offices, just take a seat freely In the nave (or in the choir for the masses of 8am and 9am on weekdays) a few minutes before the office, 10 to 15 minutes before for the offices of Sunday and holidays. To check the office schedules, Visit this page Yes The agenda.

Participation in liturgical celebrations is public and free, no reservation is necessary or possible.

 

To pray at the cathedral

As a church, the entire cathedral is devoted to worship. Some places are destined for a more peculiar spiritual approach (statue of the Virgin of the Pillar, chapel of reception to meet a priest, chapel of the Blessed Sacrament...). You can find all the details of these places by Visiting this page .

 

For individual visits

For a virtual tour of the cathedral, Click here

Every day, Tours are offered by the cathedral. They last about an hour and present you the Christian message of this high place through the work of art that it is and the works it contains (architecture, sculptures, paintings, stained glass, history...). These tours are free. You can find all the schedules on The agenda And more information about the tours offered On this page.
Audio Guides are also at your disposal if you wish a guided tour without joining a group or if there is no visit offered by the cathedral when you are at Notre-Dame. They also present to you, on a course of about 35 minutes with visit of the included treasure, the spiritual message of the cathedral through its architecture, its history, its rosettes, its life and its radiation always present... Available from 9:30 to 18:00 (13:00 to 18:00 on Sundays). Rate: €5.

The Treasure of the cathedral Present in the halls of the sacristy, liturgical objects, mainly pieces of silverware. Exhibiting objects from the 17th and 18th centuries, the Treasury of Notre-Dame de Paris is a major witness of the nineteenth century bill, both in terms of the liturgical goldsmithery, and in terms of architecture, furniture and gothic decorations that have been Made with the utmost care. Open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm; Sundays from 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Full price: €5. Reduced rate (under 26 years, unemployed...): €3. Child rate: €1. Priests and religious: free.

Every day from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays), Welcome hosts and hostesses are at your disposal To answer all your questions at the information desk which is located in front of you when entering the cathedral. They are available at + 33 1 42 34 56 10.

To help you in your visit, Booklets more or less provided (from 2 to €20) are available inside the cathedral: at the reception desk-information (at the entrance) or at the counter for the sale of religious items (at the exit).

The towers of the cathedral can also be visited, allowing to enjoy the view on the roofs, on the spire, on Paris as well as the biggest bell of the cathedral, the Bumblebee. This circuit is managed by the Caisse des Monuments nationales, access is located outside the cathedral, at the foot of the North tower (Rue du cloister). For more information (timetables and tariffs), Visit this page.

An archaeological crypt, located under the forecourt of the cathedral, presents the result of excavations carried out on the forecourt which allowed to update the vestiges of ancient Paris. The entrance is located opposite the façade of the cathedral, in front of the Police prefecture. For more information (timetables and tariffs), Visit this page.

You can also view This page For more information.

 

For groups of visitors
In this place of worship, only the rigorous silence of each one can ensure conditions conducive to meditation and prayer To all those who come to collect themselves and to the smooth running of the offices. That is why The clergy of the cathedral asks all the professional guides , which explain in detail the iconography of the façade, to accompany their groups inside the cathedral While respecting the necessary silence.

Specific requests may be forwarded to the by email by clicking here.

 

For school groups
Notre-Dame de Paris has a Youth Reception Service. This one, made up of volunteers trained by the cathedral, proposes a course of the building adapted to the age of the visitors. This course, which lasts about an hour (or less for the younger ones), underlines the Christian message of the cathedral through the work of art it is and the works it contains. These tours are offered by the cathedral, they are free. If you wish, you can donate to the cathedral to participate in the cost of managing this Service.

What youth is the youth Service for?
– Primary classes at the beginning of the instruction, especially attentive to the colours of the rosettes;
– fifth classes, informed of medieval society and its architecture;
– Classes of second, addressing the ancient literature of France;
– Students of letters, history or schools of tourism...
-Chaplaincy, youth groups
– any other possibility is possible for all levels of school, from primary school to university.

These visits are By appointment only. They only take place during the school periods of the Paris Academy. To organize a visit, you have to make the request several weeks in advance through the website, By clicking here.

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