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Ile de la Cite

#23 of 1,089 things to do in Paris
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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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4 pearls in the crowds

Notre Dame, the Conciergerie, the Sainte Chapelle and the Place Dauphine are the pearls. The crowds are understandable but wearisome.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Notre Dame, the Conciergerie, the Sainte Chapelle and the Place Dauphine are the pearls. The crowds are understandable but wearisome.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the center of Paris and the metro makes it easy to get to it. It is worth walking around and enjoying the historical buildings. And of course there is Notre Dame Cathedral to see. There many bridges crossing from the Right and Left Bank to get to Ile de la Cite so walking across a few of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Can't go wrong in deciding to spend a day or two on Ile de la Cite. From The Palais to Notre Dame to The Conciegerie to Sainte-Chapell to The Crypts de Archeologique, there are many many sites and good restaurants on this beautiful little island.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredibly diverse- get out and see the less known areas and check out the incredible fresh food markets too

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Accessed from Pont Neuf, Ile de la Cite is an island in the middle of the River Seine. It is home to the Palais de Justice and Notre-Dame de Paris. There are numerous viewpoints for observing the numerous boats on the river. An enjoyable place to spend a couple of hours.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It has Notre Dame. Even though it's small and doesn't have a lot of places to go whoop it up, you should go there if you are in Paris and have a bit of time. Read a bit of the history of it. Look up some of the attractions. Wander around. Get on some of the side streets. Sit in... More 

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Izmir, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most attractive and lovely places in Paris. Walk on the island all around and the streets and down on the riverside. Have a drink and have some rest in one of the nice cafes. And you won't be able to take your eyes from the Notre-Dame which is on the island. The oldest hospital of... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice historic corner in Paris. You will find Notre Dame de Paris, Sainte-Chapelle, and Dauphine Place here as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The island is centrally located and very accessible due to the nearby metro stops and Pont Marie and Chatelet. Restruants and shops are open and there are people on the streets, but there were no crowds. The view of Notre Dame is nice as are all of the views around the island. It a five minute walk to Notre Dame.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ile de la Cite was the first part of Paris that I saw after arriving and it took my breath away. Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie and the Palais de Justice are all on this island. I honestly could've spent an entire day walking around and never leaving to go on the mainland part of Paris. If you're in Paris... More 

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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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