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Paris France News, March 19 2012. To get to the top of the bell tower of the Notre Dame Cathedral, you must climb a succession of narrow, winding stone staircases. (Probably best to skip it if you're claustrophobic!) But 387 steps later you have a gargoyle's view of central Paris, and the geography of the city becomes very clear.
He's been watching over Paris for nearly 850 years
The entrance to the tower is outside the cathedral, on the northwest side of the building. Visitors are allowed inside in batches, and once you're at the top it's clear why. There's limited space at the top of the tower and there's only one narrow staircase, which serves both up and down traffic.
Although we waited in line about half an hour, it was worth it for a chance to be at the top of this historic building smack dab in the most historic part of Paris.
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