Notre-Dame de Paris

The Île de la Cité

A superb visit to the historical heart of Paris

L'île de la Cité (the island of the city in English) is a small island in the middle of the Seine river. The king of France lived in a palace "la Conciergerie" on the "Île de la Cité" between the 10th and 14th centuries before moving to the Louvre. The island is the home of one of the city's most emblematic monuments: the cathedral of Notre-Dame . You can also visit the "Île Saint-Louis" another small island located near just near "LÎle de la Cité". It's a must see if you visit Paris.

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Duration: 2  h.

The Notre-Dame fire

The reconstruction of the cathedral is underway. It will take several years.


Booksellers who sell all kinds of books are a part of the Parisian landscape along the banks of the Seine.

The queue

The cathedral burned down but don't be sad. At 5 minutes walk from the cathedral you can visit the splendid Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel). You have to be patient for the visit because of the crowds.

The Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle was built in only 7 years to house relics of Christ's Passion: the crown of thorns and a fragment of the Cross. The relics are no longer in the Saint-Chapelle nowadays.

The stained glass windows of the Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle is one of the most beautiful Gothic monuments in the world. Not to be missed. The visit is very short, the price is unfortunately a little high (10 euros).

The Conciergerie Clock

This splendid clock was the first public clock in Paris.

The Conciergerie

The Conciergerie has long been the residence of the Kings of France. The visit (10 euros) is very disappointing, the building is almost empty. Even if it is huge the visit is very fast. You can save your money.

The banks of the Seine

Île Saint-Louis

L'Île Saint-Louis (Saint-Louis island) is an extension of Île de la Cité. If you like ice cream you will find many glaciers on the island including the famous Berthillon.