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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. Make Île de la Cité a part of your Paris vacation plans using our Paris itinerary builder.
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  • Take it easy. Explore all the places, there are buildings that keep real treasures. Admire the Seine! And have lunch there.
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  • View from the bridge is very beautiful. The bridge is famous for many popular films. By the way, steeping the authorities of Paris remove about once a year or two, otherwise the bridge will not withstand the weight and crumbles!
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  • Quiet place where many couples exchange vows of love. In the evenings a little busier. To navigate the site puts the locks is the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor. Very cool! Worth walk there and enjoy the floating bars that are located on the banks of the river Senna.
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