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Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral is an historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Paris) is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. An extensive restoration supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845. A project of further restoration and maintenance began in 1991.

Today, as the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, Notre-Dame is the parish that contains the cathedra (official chair) of the archbishop of Paris. The cathedral treasury is notable for its reliquary which houses some of Catholicism’s most important relics including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails. Currently, it is estimated that 13.7 million people visit the cathedral each year.


  • address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
  • telephone: +33 (0)1 42 34 56 10
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