If you are feeling fit, climb the tower of Notre-Dame cathedral for a top ten view over Paris. It's 63m (206ft) up to the top of the towers and queues are often long since there is limited space up there. Would-be Quasimodos (you'll remember he was the fictional hunchback of Notre-Dame and bellringer of the cathedral), will be rewarded for their climb up the 387 steps with a splendid view over the city and close-ups of some of the medieval stone-carvings and gargoyles. The North Tower was completed in 1240; the South tower ten years later in 1250. During the Revolution, Notre-Dame cathedral lost all its original bells except the gros bourdon, or Emmanuel bell, which is run on important national occasions in France.
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