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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

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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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A Somber Yet Beautiful Space

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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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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Wheeling, Illinois
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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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Wells - Somerset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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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Gosford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

This quiet memorial in the middle og Paris. Located at the Square de L'ille de France, behind and below the rose garden. Go down the steep stairwell and enter the memorial courtyard. Inside there are 200,000 small lights representing the french men, women and children deported to Nazi concentration camps in WW2. At the far end is the tomb dedicated... More 

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Abingdon, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

In such a beautiful city, it is quite sobering to come across this memorial. It is located steps behind Notre Dame cathedral. Above ground, there is a wall with the dates of the war. Descend the steps and enter between the two white columns. The hallway is lined with 200,000 lighted crystals--one for each French citizen who died during the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

It can be a little bit difficult to find this cause it is a bit tucked away. It is just a small memorial but i found it to be a moving reminder. The memorial itself is made from the teeth of French people that were murdered in concentration camps during the Holocaust. It is moving to see teeth lining all... More 

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Fareham, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We were unable to get to the memorial. Construction blocked it with a tall wooden fence. The bridge covered in locks next to it was interesting though.

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Brewton, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I have walked by the entrance to this memorial many times and did not even see it. It is across the street from the back of Notre Dame. You go down a flight of stairs to the level of the Seine. First you will see the memorial, but then you can go through a door and view some reminders of... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I always ask everyone I know to make sure to go here. IT IS A MUST! So very sad. Behind Notre Dame . IT IS MOVING! I reported on this place before. 200,00.00 spirits taken all has their chrystal there today. It is unbelieveable!

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Additional Information about Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Address: Square de l'Ile de France, 75004 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)1 46 33 87 56
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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