We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers: Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
One of our favourite place to wander through – it has it all, from the lovely little square of Place Dauphine, to the Concergerie, Santé Chapelle, and of course Notre Dame. The island is also full of fun little restaurants and art and craft shop....More
What else could one want on an island in the middle of Paris? I am amazed each time I visit that this is the place where modern Paris began, and so much has happened on this small island. I also feel good escaping with my...More
Lots to see here. You could spend the better part of a day here going into Notre Dame or the other museums on the island. The best was just going for a walk around the perimeter of the island and seeing the city and bridges...More
Île del la Cite is the shining star of Paris, home to magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral, divine Sainte-Chapelle, the Conciergerie prison with its dark history, Palace de Justice, Pont Neuf... I enjoyed my slow evening walk after spending a day in the Louvre, visited the Notre-Dame...More
There's lots on Ile de la CIte, The medieval palace (le Conciergerie), Louis IX (St Louis) chapel (1226-1270) with beautiful stained glass (St Chapelle) next to le Concergerie both in the center of Ile de la Cite. On the... More
There's lots on Ile de la CIte, The medieval palace (le Conciergerie), Louis IX (St Louis) chapel (1226-1270) with beautiful stained glass (St Chapelle) next to le Concergerie both in the center of Ile de la Cite. On the west end of the iland is Square du Vert Gallant built by King Henry IV (1590-1610 ish) who also built Pont Neuf (New Bridge) which is now the oldest bridge in Paris. There is a statue of King Henry IV, the Vert Gallant, in the park. It's a great photo spot from the peak of the ile looking over the Seine towards Pont des Arts foot bridge down stream over the Seine. On the east end of the ile is Notre Dame cathedral. Directly in front of Notre Dame is a small block that says "0,0" meaning it is the point from which all points in France are measured. Also in front of Notre Dame next to the Seine on the Left Bank side is a statue of Charlemagne, King of the Franks circa 800. Connecting Ile de la Cite with Ile St Louis is a nice little bridge with cafes on the Ile St Louis side. Lots of street entertainers on the bridge. Ile St louis was created from 2 islands in around 1600 by King Henry IV. The shops and streets were part Henry's "urbanization" projects at the time. He was the only protestant King of France. He was also assassinated by an extreme Catholic in 1610. It was the period of France's religious wars. Both islands are worth a leisure day full of beauty and history.
They removed all padlocks on the metal/wood footbridges but there’s still panels to use on other stone bridges. Sorry I didn’t take any pics of the locks. You may want to look into getting tickets for an evening classic... More
They removed all padlocks on the metal/wood footbridges but there’s still panels to use on other stone bridges. Sorry I didn’t take any pics of the locks. You may want to look into getting tickets for an evening classic concert in the Sainte Chapelle -it’s a fabulous jewel of a chapel built in 1248 originally to house the crown of thorns, but it is worth a visit in daytime as well. On the other side of the island you can visit the Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette was held during the revolution before she was beheaded. If you like exotic flowers try the marché aux fleurs with birds also on Sundays, it is located between Notre Dame and the Sainte Chapelle.