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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

#160 of 1,098 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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Solemn reminder

Practically hidden below street level, you'd never know it's there- but sitting just beyond Norte Dame, and seemingly anonymous to the throngs of tourists just on the other side... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Practically hidden below street level, you'd never know it's there- but sitting just beyond Norte Dame, and seemingly anonymous to the throngs of tourists just on the other side of the cathedral, sits this solemn reminder of one of humanity's darkest hours. The Memorial is striking in its simplicity, yet the message can not be missed. A must see, even... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Somewhere that everyone should visit if they get a chance. There's information on the camps and writings on the walls and visual displays to evoke emotion. Another reviewer said it takes 20 minutes well that's without reading anything - I was in here for over 1 hour taking it all in.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting Notre Dame we stopped by this memorial to pay respects, this is a small memorial and will only take maybe 20 minutes but we were moved by the experience and glad we went.

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This monument, featuring the name of deportees, is built below the ground level, but open to the air. So your only perspective is to look up at the sky, sort of like being in a prison cell. Very moving.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

The memorial request that you do not post photo's of the 'inner' memorial, so I haven't. This memorial is out the back of Notre Dame and on a busy day out front, there were only another 4 people in the memorial when we visited. Easy to find, just go around the back of Notre Dame and where the island runs... More 

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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Desperately sad. Located at the eastern end of Ile de la Cite, behind Notre Dame. Not hard to appreciate the dreadful memories of what happened to the people who were taken out through the gates of this leaving post downriver to their deaths in Nazi Concentration Camps - members of the Resistance, Jewish families, Spanish Republicans. It is a very... More 

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Cortland, New York
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

A very easy stop to make , behind Notra Dame. The memorial is built underground with a damp, dark and closed in feeling, at times uncomfortable, cold and with a feeling of "how will i get out of here". All emotions I think the creators wanted to evoke. A very quiet place of reflection, some historical maps of areas of... More 

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

As indicated by the name, it is located on the site of a former morgue, underground behind Notre Dame on Île de la Cité. Unfortunately, the memorial was closed by the time I reached there. Special mention: view of river Seine from the tip of an island within it.

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

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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Reviewed 9 January 2017

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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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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