Paris Ancient Ruins

Ancient Ruins in Paris, France

Paris Ancient Ruins

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Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois

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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada24,696 contributions
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    After arriving on the Cite Island mainly just for a brief view of the Notre-Dame Cathedral from outside with its restorations in progress (as expected and yes which was just what I saw with a big crane inside the fences although nicely seen was the "front facade" in more or less a "presentable shape"), it was I would say really kind of a "pleasant finding" of this site right under the square in front of the Cathedral with "two themes" and which are about two thousand years apart: firstly the theme of the Roman outpost city called Lutetia which once was where Paris is as seen in the form of "building remnants" which take up almost all of this museum (actually just a "pretty modest-sized" one to walk around one room although the room itself being fairly nice-sized) and yes where I was actually more impressed by the "screen presentation" of that old city (as it likely was in the Roman time) than by the actual remains of those once-beautiful buildings; and secondly the theme of the Notre-Dame Cathedral as seen mainly in the form of "info & illustration" displays (which are specifically about the Cathedral in the early 19th century when it was in disrepair and was kind of "saved by the popularity" of Victor Hugo's "famous novel") with actually also a "high-tech component" nicely added to the Notre-Dame theme which is a pair of "virtual glasses" to wear to see the Notre-Dame of those days about 200 years ago (really a fantastic "virtual experience" taking you from the square in front to the main floor inside then all the way up to the towers where I experienced quite a realistic feeling "while looking down"!).

    So yes, on the day mainly intending to do the "outdoors of the city" (after the first two days at the sites of "big structures" such as the Eiffel Tower, the Army Museum & the Chateau de Versailles), it was just about a 15-minute walk here from the Louvre Museum (for just some photo-ops with the "glass pyramid") before heading back the same way (but this time not just above the Seine but also going down to the "lower promenade" for a nice "leisure walk" alongside the river) and where after getting back to the front of the Museum was turning left and entering the Tuileries Garden followed by a walk through that long-rectangular garden to its "west gate" where right outside the gate is the "big open area" of Place de la Concorde with its one side adjacent to the "east end" of the Champs-Elysees Avenue along which I headed to my final stop of the day which was the Arc de Triomphe on the west end of the Avenue (then going up the Gate for the beautiful "blinking show" at the Eiffel Tower from its top to bottom).
    Written February 7, 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA17,018 contributions
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    This is where you can see remnants of the Roman Empire in Paris. This is the old Roman ampitheater, a place where events were held back then. It was lost for a long time, but unearthed during the construction of Rue Monge. Some of it is original, some re-constructed.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • AMohsen
    Port Said, Egypt519 contributions
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    This structure with its pillars is like a gate to the Tuileries gardens. The pillars have very fine beautiful details.
    Written April 16, 2020
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