<p>Perched atop Notre Dame Cathedral's North Tower, the storied Gothic gargoyles loom over <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/paris-photos-1/">Paris</a> from their unique vantage point above point zéro, the site from which distances to the rest of France are measured. "Climbing the tower is an incredible thing to do," says photographer Catherine Karnow. "The views in every direction are amazing."</p> <p>Read more about the City of Light in "Authentic Paris" in the March 2008 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i>.</p>

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Perched atop Notre Dame Cathedral's North Tower, the storied Gothic gargoyles loom over Paris from their unique vantage point above point zéro, the site from which distances to the rest of France are measured. "Climbing the tower is an incredible thing to do," says photographer Catherine Karnow. "The views in every direction are amazing."

Read more about the City of Light in "Authentic Paris" in the March 2008 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

Photograph by Catherine Karnow

Authentic Paris

See photos of the authentic Paris, France in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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