Île de la Cité, Paris

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Île de la Cité is one of two natural islands in the Seine at the heart of Paris. As the place where the medieval city was founded, the island is known for its cobblestone streets and historic buildings. One important landmark is Conciergerie prison, where Marie Antoinette awaited execution in 1793. The island’s teardrop shape makes its streets quite interesting, with buildings and bridges forced to adapt to this landscape. Small walkways and a staircase behind the statue by the Pont Neuf bridge allow you to walk down along the river’s edge. A small bridge connecting the other island, Île Saint-Louis, is a gathering place for street performers showcasing their talents. Île de la Cité is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Paris Edition.
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  • Different bets on this small island with small pretty special shops... get out them
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  • To be in Paris and visit the Ile de la Cite? Hmmmm. ... You can not. Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte Chapelle (I recommend especially), the Conciergerie (the last part of the original seat of the Kings of France) is the space on the plan with mandatory attractions of Paris. To the views of the Seine River and the left and right edge. For those wanting to relax: Square Pope John XXIII (with the statue of John Paul II) or the Square du Vert-Galant, where burned at the stake Jacob de Molay last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. At this point the story by big H accompanied us almost every step of the way. You have to be prepared that you will it soak up together with thousands of other similar to you. Ile de la Cite next to the Eiffel Tower is the most besieged by tourists part of Paris.
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  • I feel like a broken record saying how beautiful everything is in Paris, Ile de la Cite being no exception. It's an island on the Seine river that is the home to several landmarks, the Notre Dame cath...  more »
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  • Good place to avoid the crowded Notre Dame area ... you can find flower market and a metro line 4 next to it
  • The beautiful place worth visiting!
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  • Start your tour of the pont Neuf (the oldest of Paris), Parc Square du vert Galant and go to Notre Dame, visiting all the sights on the way. Next to the Church, cross the bridge, go to the famous Bookstore Shakespeare (37 Rue de Bucherie there), and visit the square where is the oldest tree in Paris, and the Church in the background.
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