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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

#162 of 989 things to do in Paris
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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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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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Quietly posted at the point in front of Notre Dame

Artistically and brilliantly done. Powerful, thought provoking and surreal. Take an hour and remember your darkness and inflicted fears so you can appreciate your ability for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kate S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Artistically and brilliantly done. Powerful, thought provoking and surreal. Take an hour and remember your darkness and inflicted fears so you can appreciate your ability for light and love. I did and I was glad I did. The Towers of Notre Dame had so much more meaning and potential. A personal experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation is located a short walk away from the back end of Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité in Paris. The memorial is dedicated to the 200000 people from Vichy France who were deported to the Nazi concentration camps in WW2. The experience was moving and very thought provoking, seeing the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is a quiet, reflective space within the city. It is simple and moving. Make sure you don't miss the second floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Just a short walk behind Notre Dame lies the Deportation Memorial. This memorial is to the 200K french victims of Nazi concentration camps. Perhaps the most moving part of this memorial for me was the 200K candles lit up in a chamber. Also, pay attention to your surroundings. Some of the entrance doors resemble concentration camps doors, and one walkway... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

A beautiful tribute to those who endured Nazi concentration camps. At first I thought it was just an outdoor tribute behind the park but then I entered between two concrete slabs into an entire mini museum under the park above. Each chamber reflects something the victims had to endure (the showers, the trains) and yet it is all tastefully done.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

My teenage daughter and I stumbled across this and is now a must see when in this city. The architecture, modest in size, will open the door into a nazi created nightmare. The terror and fear of the people held before transportation, the numbing despair of being unable to ever be normal again; their dreams oblitered by fellow humans. Read... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

I first went at the behest of a teacher in high school. I'm not certain I would have found this memorial without his guidance. Having found it, the experience was deeply moving. The individual pieces of this memorial work together to create a genuine feeling of entrapment as well as one of hope for the human spirit. The stairs mean... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

This is well worth the stop right behind Notre Dame. A living tribute to the victims of the Nazi concentration camps. Don't miss this when in Paris.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

This memorial tucked away behind the Cathedral de Notre Dame could be easily overlooked, but don't skip it. The haunting displays remind us of what must never be forgotten. I was moved by this little memorial as I made my way through, but it was not until I was leaving that the full force of the experience hit me. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

The memorial is dedicated to the two hundred thousand people who were deported to the concentration camps during the World War II. It was designed by French architect Georges-Henri Pingusson and opened in 1962. It is a moving and solemn place, designed intentionally in a way to cause a claustrophobic feeling due to its long and narrow subterranean space accessible... More 

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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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