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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Address: Square de l'Ile de France, 75004 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)1 46 33 87 56
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Description: Located on the Île de la Cité, this memorial is dedicated to the 200,000...
Located on the Île de la Cité, this memorial is dedicated to the 200,000 French citizens who died in concentration camps during World War II.
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It's a simple place, as it should be. It's nice to be in the cool environment and think about all those people and their lives changed forever. A nice change of speed from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

It's a simple place, as it should be. It's nice to be in the cool environment and think about all those people and their lives changed forever. A nice change of speed from the hectic Notre Dame area...and not many people at all. There is a gate, which can make you think there is a charge, but it is a... More 

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Como, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Not easy to find, hidden in the second little park behind Notre Dame. Definitively a place to see. Simple but so deeply touching. Beautiful.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

In a quiet park-like space behind Notre Dame Cathedral you will find a stairway leading downward toward the Seine. There you will enter the somber, quiet space of the Martyrs Deportation Memorial. This small, almost claustrophobic space gives you a miniscule impression of what it was like to be imprisoned waiting for deportation during the years of the Holocaust. One... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is a stunning and moving memorial to those deported during WWII. It is stark in it's design, simple and yet beautiful. Located below ground right behind Notre Dame on Isle de la Citte, it is worth looking for and visiting.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This has been one of my favorite places in Paris. It is extremely somber but powerful. It is somewhat hidden, so it is often not too crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

one of the touristic not to be missed in paris, we really enjoyed every bit of this experience. recommended

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We were early for a tour, so strolled around Notre Dame and discovered this memorial by chance. The memorial is set amidst a lovely garden along a serene spot on the River Seine. It was only around 10.30am when we entered and we virtually had the entire place to ourselves. The design of the memorial is both beautiful and heart-breaking.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The memorial is "behind" Norte Dame (~5 minute walk). They limit the number of individuals who can enter the memorial at any one time as to not distract from the message of remembrance. The memorial is in honor of the Parisians who were departed by the Nazis to concentration camps of which most did not return. The inside of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The memorial is behind Notre Dame and set on a beautiful point on the Seine. The memorial is beautiful but we did not understand all of the symbolism and descriptions until we read information pieces later on (despite being familiar with the historical pieces reflected in the memorial).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This is an incredibly moving experience. "Forgive but do not forget" carries even more meaning in the light of recent events. I emerged feeling quite emotional and tried to engage in conversation with the " gate-keeper" - who was less than welcoming. Was she Jewish? Non! Francaise! Oh well......

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
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