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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

#154 of 1,068 things to do in Paris
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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
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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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The memorial was closed the last time I've been in Paris, so it was a priority this time, and I'm glad I could make it. The Memorial is very impacting and beaufitul, in part... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The memorial was closed the last time I've been in Paris, so it was a priority this time, and I'm glad I could make it. The Memorial is very impacting and beaufitul, in part because it's not crowded (it was empty when I got there) and therefore very peaceful. It's a place to think and let the best of your... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The memorial is to the 200,000 people who were deported from Vichy France to the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. It's located right behind Notre Dame on the very tip of the island. It is underground on the site of a former morgue. Very sobering and tragic.

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Herault, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Has mankind learned anything from these terrible times? I fear not. This memorial is very thought provoking and I highly recommend you visit. Do not rush to see the many facets and take your time to read all the information. I didn't take any photos as a measure of respect.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Phenomenally sobering visit. Lots of details and articles were preserved, to help conserve the sense of the grave injustice that took place here.

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Brighton, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Located right behind Notre Dame is this memorial dedicated to those Jews deported to one of the many major concentration camps in Germany and Poland. From the start you are made aware of how small you are and how confining of a space one might live in. There is a simple tomb dedicated to the unknown deportee with an eternal... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

Stark, informative and moving. No shock tactics are needed to tell this story....... what lingers is the human spirit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

We were told about this memorial and decided not to miss it even though the signposting was not great and recent flooding had put some parts out of bounds for repair. I was very pleased to have made the effort. It's very nicely done and provides a reflective space in the midst of city madness to consider the things we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Lesser known and tucked away at the point of the island behind Notre Dame Cathedral, this small memorial is very unique in its architectural concept starting with the narrow stairs going down the river, and extremely evocative and moving in its simplicity. I could not agree more with previous reviewer that this memorial is much less about the details of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

In 1962 Charles de Gaulle, then President of France, ordered the construction of this memorial to the 200,000 French who were deported during the occupation by the Nazis during WWII.The deported were sent to concentration camps. I was shocked to discover on our visit that this area so near the Cathedral of Notre Dame was just one of the sites... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Almost hidden behind Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite, this is a very moving experience recognizing the 200,000 French deported and executed during World War II by the Nazis and complacent French government.

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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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