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Ile de la Cite is one of the islands on Seine River. On this island we can see Sainte-Chapelle, Conciergerie, Palais de Justice, and - the most important monument - Notre Dame Cathedral.
Here is the point zero of routes of France.
The Island is...More
You'll find major sites on this little island in the Seine: Notre Dame and its Parvis, Hotel Dieu, Sainte Chapelle, plus the gorgeous Square Dauphine. Never mind the crowds, this is a must on your tour.
After the must-sees of Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle, visit the Flower Market on Ile de la Cite. From orchids to interesting living wall art, these shops and stalls are a welcome relief to the bustle of the area. Be sure to cross over into...More
Very nice district. You should plan a half-day tour to it so you do not miss anything and start early in the morning to beat the crowds.. Besides the main highlights do not miss the Place Dauphine, the Marche aux fleurs, beautiful bridges that link...More
Be prepared to stay at least 3 days in this area as there is so much to do and see here. Each section of Paris is unique and this is like any other but that is a positive thing! Don’t hire a guide, just walk...More
There's lots on Ile de la CIte, The medieval palace (le Conciergerie), Louis IX (St Louis) chapel (1226-1270) with beautiful stained glass (St Chapelle) next to le Concergerie both in the center of Ile de la Cite. On the... More
There's lots on Ile de la CIte, The medieval palace (le Conciergerie), Louis IX (St Louis) chapel (1226-1270) with beautiful stained glass (St Chapelle) next to le Concergerie both in the center of Ile de la Cite. On the west end of the iland is Square du Vert Gallant built by King Henry IV (1590-1610 ish) who also built Pont Neuf (New Bridge) which is now the oldest bridge in Paris. There is a statue of King Henry IV, the Vert Gallant, in the park. It's a great photo spot from the peak of the ile looking over the Seine towards Pont des Arts foot bridge down stream over the Seine. On the east end of the ile is Notre Dame cathedral. Directly in front of Notre Dame is a small block that says "0,0" meaning it is the point from which all points in France are measured. Also in front of Notre Dame next to the Seine on the Left Bank side is a statue of Charlemagne, King of the Franks circa 800. Connecting Ile de la Cite with Ile St Louis is a nice little bridge with cafes on the Ile St Louis side. Lots of street entertainers on the bridge. Ile St louis was created from 2 islands in around 1600 by King Henry IV. The shops and streets were part Henry's "urbanization" projects at the time. He was the only protestant King of France. He was also assassinated by an extreme Catholic in 1610. It was the period of France's religious wars. Both islands are worth a leisure day full of beauty and history.
They removed all padlocks on the metal/wood footbridges but there’s still panels to use on other stone bridges. Sorry I didn’t take any pics of the locks. You may want to look into getting tickets for an evening classic... More
They removed all padlocks on the metal/wood footbridges but there’s still panels to use on other stone bridges. Sorry I didn’t take any pics of the locks. You may want to look into getting tickets for an evening classic concert in the Sainte Chapelle -it’s a fabulous jewel of a chapel built in 1248 originally to house the crown of thorns, but it is worth a visit in daytime as well. On the other side of the island you can visit the Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette was held during the revolution before she was beheaded. If you like exotic flowers try the marché aux fleurs with birds also on Sundays, it is located between Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle.