And to make it even more perfect it is actually situated on a little island (I'lle de la Cite) surrounded by the Seine, and feels like a small town onto itself.
It is still a working church. Once again along the side of the church are small alcoves which they use as chapels, but in Notre Dame they also used as confessionals. 2 of them were total glass so you could see the person and the priest and they could see each other. As interesting as it was I didn't feel it was appropriate to take a picture.
My favourite Saint Joan of Arc.
To think this was built by men with hammers and ropes. If you look closely at the picture below, they have set up a wheel with a man inside it who walks on it (looks similar to the mouse wheel) which pulls the rope which lifts the stones up to the top. The church was started in 1163 and essentially finished in 1345. The outer piers are called "flying buttresses" and stopped the walls from collapsing outwards. They look beautiful and add such character to the church.
We figure we walked over 20 kms on this day so what was one more little jaunt down to see Notre Dame as the sun set. As amazing as it is during the day, it is beautiful at night.