Three places you might not have on your Paris itinerary

Instead of snapping a photo from a tour bus while passing Notre- Dame, stop to see the interior and take a tour of the tower.

Instead of snapping a photo from a tour bus while passing Notre- Dame, stop to see the interior and take a tour of the tower.

Like any great city, Paris is more than the sum of its restaurants and museums. It is also a city of remarkable holy places. Except for Notre Dame, tourists may not know the city is home to the Great Synagogue of Paris or the Moslem Institute of the Paris Mosquee. All three religious sites allow visitors and are worth a stop. Be prepared to gape in awe.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

The famous cathedral sits on the Île de la Cité in the middle of the Seine River. A Paris landmark, Notre-Dame is a state property but operated by clergy as a Roman Catholic church so entrance is free and visitors can attend masses and services.

The Cathedral Tower and the Treasury have entrance fees but the Tower is worth visiting for its views of Paris and its gargoyles and the Treasury for its precious holy objects.

Find Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris at 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France.

Great Synagogue of Paris

The Great Synagogue of Paris (la Victoire) is the largest in France and built on the Romanesque style.

The Great Synagogue of Paris (la Victoire) is the largest in France and built on the Romanesque style.

The synagogue is also called La Victoire. The largest synagogue in France, it was constructed in 1974 by Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe with financial support from the Rothchilds.

As in Orthodox shuls, women sit separate from men. Visitors are welcome to attend services. For group visits or questions email infos@lavictoire.org.

Find Synagogue de la Victoire at 44, rue de la Victoire – 75009 Paris, France.

Moslem Institute of the Paris Mosquee

Founded 1926, the Mosque is a place of prayer. Its institute is a place of study and a cultural center. Its Moorish style arches and patio are beautiful and lend a peaceful feel.

Find the Moslem Institute of the Main Paris Mosque at 132,boulevard de grenelle, 5e Arrondissement, Paris, France.

The Moslem Institute of the Paris Mosquee

The Moslem Institute of the Paris Mosquee

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