Île de la Cité Travel Guide

  • seen from the west : ile de la cite and notre dame
    seen from the west : ile de la cite and...
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  • My favourite gargoyle - Sainte Chapelle
    My favourite gargoyle - Sainte Chapelle
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  • The Pont Neuf and the Cite
    The Pont Neuf and the Cite
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Île de la Cité Things to Do

  • Enter the Sainte Chapelle

    When Louis IX (Saint Louis) ordered the Sainte Chapelle to receive the relics of the crucifixion he had acquired (crown of spines, fragments of the Holy Cross), he chose to include the church in the Palais de la Cité to mark the link between sovereignty and religion. The "Chapelle basse" was used by the commoners for the parochial worship, while...

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  • A little trip in jail : La Conciergerie

    Maybe not an absolute must see, but a good place to go when the queues are too long for the Sainte-Chapelle (it's just a couple of meters from there and i quite never have seen any noticeable queuing (a good place to buy your museum pass) - this certainly comes from the level diffrence in the security check.The Conciergerie began its existence as a...

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  • The eldest Paris' bridge : le Pont Neuf

    Despite what its name may suggest, the Pont Neuf (the new bridge) is the eldest bridge in Paris.Built between 1578 and 1604 (ordered by Henri III, finished under Henri IV whose statue stands upon the bridge's platform), linking the Ile de la Cite to both the right and the left bank of the Seine, it was the first one where no house building was...

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  • Looking for Quasimodo : Notre Dame de...

    As long as history is recorded, the place where Notre Dame de Paris stands has been a place of devotion : pagan first, christian later.The construction of the now existing cathedral stretched between the 12th and the 14 th centuries.After the 1789 revolution, except for Napoleon's coronation in 1802, the Cathedral had been a bit neglected and was...

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  • Tower tours

    The tours of Notre Dame, are the tours to the tower, from here you can enjoy great views of Paris. You can also see all the gargles, and imagine yourself as Quasimodo, ok if you prefer you can be Esmeralda lol. Check on warnings to see the new version of Quasimodo lol

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  • Cells at the Concergerie 2

    This is the cell of Marie Antoinette whose cell is preserve and made a chapel, you can see how in the second room the guards where checking her all the time, making sure that she did not escape. In the second room they were playing card the guards until the time to take her to the guillotine

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  • Cells at the Concergerie

    During the tour you can see the cells of many of the people that where waiting for the guillotine, of course Robespierre’s is there and it is mentioned many times.This one is an example. Depending on how much money you had you could have a better room, only for you, or shared with beds, and the ones with no money well …. You can imagine how they...

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  • Sculpture at Saint Chapelle

    At Saint Chapel again but on the top floor, where the stained glasses are, also you can see statues of saints (not sure now, I think they were saints, but maybe they were kings lol. Anyway here you can also see the stained glasses at the back. Just a beauty!

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  • Entrance door to Saint Chapelle

    this is the arch of the entrance door to Saint Chapel. A typical example of the gothic archers.A critic…. Why there are so many souvenirs shops on the national monuments and churches? It was incredible, and all had the same stuff…Anyway at the end there is an area with wall painted and decorated with the symbols of the royalty (flower of lis)

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  • Palais de Justice

    I loved the entrance iron doors with the golden parts.Here was also where the revolutionary tribunal made their decisions.Security access, and also this is the entrance to Saint Chapel.And now serious, Don’t you imagine how it was in the old times? Or maybe I have read too much lol of that times….

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  • Sainte Chapelle

    We were amazed of their stained glasses, we could not stop enjoying them, even we nearly forgot to take photos lolTo enter is valid the Paris Museum Card and it is sited inside the Justice Palace.At the ground floor you will find the habitual souvenir shop that you will find everywhere and at the right take the steps to visit the Chapel.

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  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

    We visited several times from outside at day time and also at night timeAs you may know I love Gothic and specially its cathedrals (Burgos, Leon, Toledo in Spain...) we missed Reims due to lack of time, but hope to come back

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  • The Conciergerie

    This is the palace of Justice from the XIV century, it has an impressive history. The tour consist in visiting around the cells where many famous people spend their last days and minutes before going to the guillotine deserves …..The Salle des Gardes and the Salle des Gens d'Armes even if the look desolated make you come back in time and feel how...

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  • Sainte-Chapelle

    Less illustrious than it's near-neighbour, Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, is a historic church with much to admire. The stained glass roof upstairs is very impressive.

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  • Notre Dame Bell Towers

    Gives a good view of the city, although not the best. Still the best reason to climb the hundreds of stairs is to see the many gargoyles. It's also been made famous as the home of Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame. (More pictures in the travelogue)

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Île de la Cité Restaurants

  • ok we are addicted to coffe, but wanna...

    Just in front of the Palais Royal, in the corner is this brasserie.I think they expected us to have some dinner with them, and not to stop only for a coffee, but the truth is that we were dying for the toilet (I will talk about this matter of the toilets in another occasion lol 40 cents snif snif).Coffee creme was 3,40 euros (no comments about...

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  • Wanna stop for a coffe?

    At Place Dauphine in between Pont Deneuf and the Palais de Justice is this little square where we founded this nice terrace.3 euros for a cup of tea and 4 euros the cup of coffe, but even with that prices they did not gave us enough sugar ... snif snifLovely place ...Ok Joaquin I know is expensive for us, but going to Paris and not stopping for...

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Île de la Cité Warnings and Dangers

  • Stairs to the Tower

    You get fit in Paris, with all this steps up and down, and also dizzy lol. This ones are at the Tours of Notre Dame, but also at Eiffel (even if we got the lift we went up and down stairs to make better photos), Arch de Triumph……

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  • Reparations?

    Hope they did not fall over any tourist lol... This is all outside of Saint Chapelle .... I guess they are doing reparations….At least here you do not have to pay to enter in the toilets while visiting this area. Something really grateful

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  • Toilets at Concergerie

    hehehe, we could not stop laughing when we saw what they did to the symbols of the toilets at the famous place...So a warning ..... tip ...

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Île de la Cité Off The Beaten Path

  • Le Palais de Justice

    The huge Palais de Justice (law courts) occupies more than 4 hectares, 1/3 of the island.As French justice is rendered before public (bar childrens’ trials) and everyone is free to attend, the place attracts lots of people (about 15 000 a day). The visitors' access (common with Sainte Chapelle) is strictly controlled and you can get long queues.The...

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  • Quai des Orfevres

    An address known by all cinema goers,TV watchers and mystery novels readers in France : The Quai des Orfèvres hosts, in a huge 19th century building, the headquarters of the criminal police (Police Judiciaire) and has become the nickname of the french Scotland Yard or FBI equivalent.The first film featuring it was Henri Georges Clouzot’s Quai des...

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  • The oldest parisian clock

    Situated on a wall of the Tour de l'horloge (at the corner Boulevard du Palais/Quai de l'horloge), is the oldest public clock in Paris.The first clock set here in 1370 (created by a german arist : Henri de Vic, ordered by Charles V), it was replced under Henri III by the one you can see now.The clock was restaured in 1852 and is still working fine.

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Île de la Cité Favorites

  • Views from the top of the towers

    Views from the towers of Notre Dame are an experience. They were with grids for obvious reasons. But still you can enjoy good views if you choose a good day to go up.Maybe not as spectacular as others, but well deserved.

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  • Views from Ille de cite of the Louvre

    Views from Ille de cite of the Louvre at night.Th best way to enjoy Paris for me was walking at night, the lights made Paris very special ...This was my favourite part of visiting Paris, the nights….

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  • Discovering Paris through the Seine

    Lots of boats full with tourist explaining the monuments along the Seine.We only took the Batobus for one ride (5 Euros as we were in special season snif snif), but we did not enjoyed much as it was full of people and no explanations ....

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