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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

#176 of 1,008 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
Phone Number: +33 (0)1 46 33 87 56
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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A cool quiet memorial

Very artistically presented by polite friendly staff Just as expected Half an hour was enough for me

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Derby, UK
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Derby, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very artistically presented by polite friendly staff Just as expected Half an hour was enough for me

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here and the staff at gate were very friendly and informative. We were able to walk down and look through the doorway at the memorial. It was well done and thought provoking. The memorial is near Notre Dame so it is worth your time just to look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This memorial is at the tip of Ile de la cite. This memorial was flooded this past May and June so all the corridors were closed. We could only look into the entrance but we could not enter any halls. Too bad.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

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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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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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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Toronto, Ontario
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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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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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