The Notre-Dame cathedral
The Notre-Dame Cathedral is a gem of medieval architecture, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 2000. Its impressive dimensions (134 m long and 66 m wide), the harmonious blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles and its daring architecture make this building a benchmark for religious monuments of the West. Unfortunately, the cathedral with its huge grey nave and its five bell towers that dominate the city, has suffered the ravages of time. Major restoration works have been carried out since 2006: stabilisation of the Gothic choir, replacement of the roof, cleaning of the stone walls, restoration of the stained-glass windows...
The exhibition « Visible, invisible, la cathédrale illustrée. 100 mètres d'histoire(s) » (Visible, invisible, the cathedral illustrated - 100 metres of history), which can be discovered along the fence around the building, reveals what is hidden thanks to exceptional images. This exhibition deals with the history of the Notre-Dame cathedral, its significance for the city, its architecture, its treasures and the restoration works. You can learn even more during a viewing of the 20-minute 3D documentary « La cathédrale, de la pierre au ciel » at the Tourist Office or a visit with a qualified guide.
The so-called Treasure Room (museum) is also outstanding with the presence of major works of art like the two major shrines of Our Lady and St Eleutherius, precious ivory pieces, silverware, a tapestry from Arras of the 14th century or the chasuble of Thomas Becket (12th century), Archbishop of Canterbury, and the coat worn by Charles Quint when he held the chapter of Toison d'Or in 1531.
Individual timetables :
The Cathedral is open from April 1st to October 31st, weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm and weekends and holidays from 9 am to 12 am and 2 pm to 6 pm. Also open in winter, from November 1st to March 31st, weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm and weekends and holidays from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm. Schedules can be adapted according to the events taking place there (celebrations, concerts ...).
The Treasure of the Cathedral is open in summer from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays (closed on Monday morning) and from 2 pm to 6 pm during weekends and holidays. It is also open from 1 November to 31 March from 10 am to 5 pm during the week (closed on Monday mornings) and from 2 pm to 5 pm on weekends and public holidays. The Treasury is closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday afternoon, Holy Saturday all day and during the Great Procession of September. Purchase the last tickets (2,50 €) half an hour before closing.
Timetables for groups :
Throughout the year. For guided tours, please contact the Tourist Information Centre (00 32 69 22 20 45).