A private walking tour investigating gothic architecture on Ile de la Cite in Paris including Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie led by a medievalist or art historian.
Arts & Culture
Take this walking tour with a difference - led by a Ph.D. level scholar/historian our supplier will provide you with an in-depth alternative to traditional tours, pairing intellectually curious and adventurous travellers with specialists for an in-depth cultural experience. Soaring vaults, intricate stonework and shimmering expanses of jewel-like stained glass form the essence of the Gothic heart of Paris. The Ile-de-la-Cite, which houses the principal masterpieces of Gothic Paris: the famous Notre-Dame cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie (the only remnants of the Medieval palace of the king), will be our visual textbook for a 3-hour voyage through the evolution of French Gothic art and architecture. Born in 1144 at Saint-Denis to the north of Paris, Gothic became "the" architecture of Europe for the next four centuries. The Gothic wonder of Paris is, of course, the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Commissioned by Bishop Sully in 1160 with the aim of building the largest church in Europe, Notre Dame showcases the development of Gothic architecture over its first hundred years. We will also visit La Sainte-Chapelle. This magnificent chapel still takes one's breath away as a unified composition of architecture, stained glass, painting, and sculpture. We will further explore the vestiges of the royal residence at the neighboring Conciergerie.
Services of a guide.
Due to strict rules to maintain the sacredness of the Sainte chapelle that prohibit group lecturing in the upper part of the chapel, we will do most of our structured discussion of Sainte-Chapelle from the exterior before immersing ourselves in the interior spaces. As this is a walking tour comfortable shoes are recommended. Our supplier is committed to providing intellectually curious and adventurous travellers with specialist guides and professionals for an in-depth cultural experience. In case of any urgent problems with this tour (can not locate the guide/meeting point etc), please call local number +33 1 7061 0766 or + 1 646 863 5002 (24 hour number). Tour excludes entry ticket to St. Chapelle/Conciergerie. This must be paid for on the spot (approx EUR11.00pp).
Additional Information :
Bookings of over 6 passengers may be split into smaller groups due to the limited capacity of the transportation available.