Today your private guide will meet you at your hotel and you will be on your way to discover some of the Gothic Paris.
No other building epitomizes the history of Paris more than Notre-Dame. Built on the site of a Roman temple, the cathedral was commissioned by Bishop de Sully in 1159. The first stone was laid in 1163, marking the start of two centuries of toil by armies of Gothic architects and medieval craftsmen. It has been witness to great events of French history ever since, including the coronations of Henry VI in 1422 and Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804. During the Revolution the building was desecrated and rechristened the Temple of Reason. Extensive renovations (including the addition of the spire and gargoyles) were carried out in the 19th century by architect Viollet-le-Duc.
Ethereal and magical, Sainte-Chappelle has been hailed as one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of the Western world. In the Middle Ages the devout likened this church to “a gateway to heaven”. Today no visitor can fail to be transported by the blaze of light created by the 15 magnificent stained-glass windows, separated by pencil-like columns soaring 50ft to the star-studded roof. The windows portray more than 1,000 biblical scenes in a kaleidoscope of red, gold, green and blue. The building actually consists of two separate chapels. The somber lower chapel was used by servants and lower court officials, while the exquisite upper chapel, reached by means of a narrow spiral staircase was reserved for the royal family and its courtiers. A discreetly placed window enabled the king to take part in the celebrations unobserved.
La Conciergerie is a former royal palace and prison in Paris, France, located on the west of the Île de la Cité. It is part of the larger complex known as the Palais de Justice, which is still used for judicial purposes. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from La Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.