6 Reasons to Visit Île de la Cité

The Île de la Cité, the boat shaped island on the Seine was first inhabited by Celtic tribes as far back at 3rd century BC. It is one of the oldest parts of Paris and is a must see destination for any visitor to to the city, here are just 6 reasons to visit this beautiful island.

Notre Dame

The famous cathedral was commissioned in 1159 with the first stone laid in 1163. Henry V was coronated at Notre Dame in 1422 and Napoleon in 1804. During the Revolution it was desecrated but was restored during the 19th century by the architect Viollet-le-Duc. It has recently been fully cleaned and its now white façade makes a perfect picture for anyone visiting Paris.

Le Palais de Justice

The site occupied since Roman Times is home to the country’s law courts. Trials are held here and are public, tourists can visit the courts. The law courts were built in grounds of former royal residence and when the royals moved out, it has since been used as a place of government and houses the conciergerie and the Sainte Chapelle. The Cour du Mai located on the Boulevard du Palais is the main entrance of the Palais de Justice.

Sainte Chapelle

Built in 1247, it is one of the greatest architectural masterpieces. There are 15 stained glass windows portraying more than 1,000 biblical scenes. Each glass window is separated by 15 metre columns into the star roof. There are classical music concerts held in Sainte Chapelle regularly.

Conciergerie

This was the main prison during The French Revolution, during which time there were over 4,000 prisoners. Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned at the Conciergerie
until her execution in 1793. The building was renovated in the 19th century and still retains its 11th century torture chamber.

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf which means new bridge in English, is the oldest bridge in Paris. The first stone was laid in 1578 and connects the left bank to the right bank of Paris. It was also the first bridge to be built in Paris with no houses on it and the first to have pavements for pedestrians.

Best Hot Chocolate

The Café la Charlotte de I’Isle is located on the Ile St Louis. It is known to serve one of the best hot chocolates in all of Paris, rivaling Angelines near the Tuileries Gardens.

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Written by Robin Sharman