Notre-Dame de Paris

The Cathédrale de Notre Dame is at the heart of Paris, in the true meaning of the word. The cathedral is situated right in the centre of the city, on the island of l’Ile de la Cité. It has also been the focus of Parisian Catholic life for seven centuries. Other churches stood on the same site before work began on the present one in 1163. The building work was completed in the 14th century. The cathedral is a wonderful example of French Gothic architecture. It can hold up to 6,000 people and its magnificent rose windows are well worth a visit.