Standing on the Ile de la Cite on the river Seine in Paris, this splendid cathedral is the world’s most famous 12th century gothic masterpiece. This historical giant, constructed over a period of almost 200 years, from 1163 to 1345, witnessed the coronation of the Emperor Napoleon in 1804. The cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1991. The front facade of the cathedral features three portals, showing scenes of the Last Judgement, the Virgin Mary and Saint Anne, her mother, in the tympana. The cathedral’s magnificent stained glass rose window is breathtaking. Also, the 69m tall bell tower affords a spectacular view of the whole of Paris.