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Île de la Cité, Paris

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Neighborhood · Hidden Gem · Historic Walking Area
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 Edition.
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  • This was where the city was founded in Roman times, although the Romans built most of their structures over on the left bank. But in medieval times this was the defenseable space. Lots of monuments....  more »
  • Walking this little isle end to end was a treat! Notre Dame and many other scenic spots can be found here. You can access the island via several bridges or by the pink Metro line.  more »
  • Couldn't see Notre dame because it was burned
  • Paris essence concentrated on 1sq km. And of course the best icecream ever...

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