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Ile de la Cite

Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #15 of 764 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Neighborhoods, Islands, Historic Walking Areas
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The Ile de Cite in the middle of the Seine was one of the first areas of Paris to be settled. It was the Religious and judicial centre with many outstanding buildings worthy of a look. Notre Dame is the obvious starting point. Built 850yrs ago, it is free to enter. If you want to visit the towers, be prepared... More

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Yes, Notre Dame, Ste. Chapelle and the Conciergerie. But also: 1) the Marche aux Fleurs (go in the morning), which becomes the Marche aux Birds and Potted Plants on Sundays, 2) the Cite Metro stop with the Guimard Art Nouveau entrance, great for a photo op, 3) the engineering landmark Pont Neuf, which rests halfway across the Seine at the... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Our group was on a fairly tight schedule when we arrived at the Ile de la Cité. While our prime interest was Notre Dame, there was time enough to sample some of the other delights of this compact and pedestrian-friendly island. Alas, we squandered our opportunity by focusing our attention on some shops near the cathedral. We won’t make that... More

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Tortona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Fantastic island located in the middle of the river Seine, here in this island it's placed the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame, and no doubt a wonderful place where iconic pictures that you will be superlative in every corner where you will find. Many tourists and then just behind the cathedral don't miss out the famous bridge "de l'Archeveche" where... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Ile de la Cite is probably best known for the Cathedral of Notre Dame. An interesting Island to wander around, but it is overcrowded with tourists and those great big tourist buses. Its the same for all large tourist spots - but definately a place to visit more out of Season.

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Curitiba, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

for me, aside from the Ile de Saint'Louis, is to go Every time you go to Paris, go to the side of Notre Dame, hear musicians - my first time on the first afternoon arrival in a few hours , a sax musician playing Aquarela do Brazil, was simply divine!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

well if you go it simple the km0 of the city there is great starting point to explore the city and this is where the first parisians settle from this small island paris was born

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

On sunday this place turns from a flower market into a bird market. Birds everywhere. So much fun! Perfect for a quick stroll. Leave plenty of time to stop and look.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Ile de la Cite is a tiny island next to Ile St. Louis connected through several bridges (Pont) in the middle of the Seine River. I enjoyed a day walking tour that I designed. It its right next to the sixth arrondissement (neighborhood) St.-Germain-des-Pres. This is where the writers used to lived. Excellent ambiance for breakfast, lunch or dinner, buying... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

If you don't go here, you not only miss Notre Dame, but you miss the exquisite Sainte Chapelle, with its ten-thousand stained glass windows and its rose oriel window. It is truly a jewel in the crown that is Paris. Besides, you cross lovely bridges to get there, and walking across the bridges you get some lovely views of the... More

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