Notre-Dame as it appears on the in-game map.
|Location||Île de la Cité, Paris|
Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), is a world-famous cathedral. It is difficult to find someone who does not recognize it's name or appearance, and thus it is one that holds a strong visual presence in The Saboteur. With its complex architecture, stunning looks, and placement as the divider between Zone1/Zone2 and Zone 3. The Notre Dame is found in the dead center of the city, and can be seen for miles.
Notre-Dame is one of the most famous buildings in Paris, and holds importance in The Saboteur. While the division between Zone 1 and 2 is divided entirely by Nazi checkpoints that require papers to go through, they are connected by land. Zone 3 is unique for it can only be accessed by bridges from either Zone 1 or Zone 2. Zone 1 is connected almost entirely to Zone 3 by an island in the middle of the river, and that island is where Notre-Dame is placed. Because it is such an important location for travel, players will be accustomed to seeing Notre-Dame commonly from the streets, and easily from rooftops as well. The island is a divider, and the Nazi's take travel very seriously in Occupied Paris, and since this island is an important buffer zone, it is well protected. It has multiple checkpoints with armed guards and barbed wire protecting the island, as well as stone walls and more patrolling guards keeping Sean from getting out of hand or from going places he is not supposed to. Though it is will protected and there are walls, Sean Devlin can still get to anywhere he pleases, but must be on watch for enemies. This defensive position the Nazi's have placed on the island makes the Notre Dame even more distinctive, as it is meant to feel off limits, or dangerous, as it is a military base for the Nazi's. It's visual appearance reflects this, making Notre Dame very recognizable and interesting.
If caught trespassing in the base at Notre Dame, a base alarm will be raised and all troops within the base will attack. This makes the Notre Dame harder to visit and appreciate fully, but Notre Dame and the rest of the island can be traveled and explored with some finesse. Further, the Notre Dame and it's military base also hold a strong plot significance as it is where Sean Devlin goes to save Veronique Rousseau's life on his own and rescue her from the military base.