The Notre Dame Cathedral is just a 20 minute walk from our hotel. It is situated in the eastern part of the Saint Louis island.
We owe the cathedral to the bishop Maurice de Sully. Its construction lasted two centuries, between 1163 and 1345.
The Cathedral is well known for its statues, gargoyles and stained-glass windows and, of course, for one famous hunchback named Quasimodo who sprung from the mind of one of France’s most well-known and reverred writer, Victor Hugo in his novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (whose original title is actually Notre-Dame-de-Paris) which was published in 1831.
Note that the big rose window that you can see in front of the Cathedral is composed of 32000 pieces of glass and its diameter is 13 meters wide. On the top of the cathedral, you will also be able to see 12 green statues that represent the 12 apostles.
We also recommend you take the time to discover the Saint Louis island which is considered the quietest and fanciest area in Paris. Why is it the quietest? Because no subway stops there and there is very little traffic. And it is also the fanciest because if you decide to take a walk there, you will be able to admire some very beautiful mansions from the 17th century… and find very nice places to eat as well!