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Île de la Cité


Île de la Cité

The Île de la Cité is, like the Île Saint-Louis, one of the natural islands that are on the Seine. "The Island of the City" is the heart of the capital and the birthplace of Paris.

The past of the Île de la Cité

Around the year 200 a.C. The Celtic tribe of the Parisii settled on the island to found the city of Lutecia. The city grew and prospered, until in the year 506 it became the capital of the kingdom and acquired the name of Cité.

After becoming a fortified city, the island had to withstand the continuous attacks of the Norman troops. During the Middle Ages the city already possessed an important nucleus of population, and became the political, cultural and spiritual center of France.

What to see in the Île de la Cité

The Île de la Cité is one of the most pleasant areas of Paris, and there are some of the main attractions of the city, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle or the Conciergerie.

In addition to the historic buildings, the Île de la Cité offers pleasant streets and places to stroll where you can find beautiful places such as the flower market of Place Louis Lépine.



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