HOME Paris Île de la Cité Eiffel Tower Views Musée du Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries and Place de la Concorde Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees Musee d'Orsay, Sculpture Impressionist Paintings Brittany Lille Portfolio of Places Portfolio of Things ABOUT CONTACT


Ile de la Cite

Ile de la Cite

Cour de Cassation-7808995

Cour de Cassation

Hôtel de Ville-7808809 copy

Hôtel de Ville

Hôtel de Ville-7808821 copy 2

Hôtel de Ville

La Seine est un fleuve en activité-7808999

La Seine est un fleuve en activité

La Seine-7808990

La Seine

Le vélo vert citron-7808994

Le vélo vert citron

Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II-7808824

Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II

Pont au Change and Cour de Cassation-7808802 copy

Pont au Change and Cour de Cassation

Pont au Change and Tour Boat-7808804

Pont au Change and Tour Boat

Pont au Change-7808825

Pont au Change

Pont d'Arcole Hôtel de Ville-7808819

Pont d'Arcole Hôtel de Ville

Pont d'Arcole-7808818

Pont d'Arcole

Pont Louis-Philippe-7808815

Pont Louis-Philippe

Pont Notre-Dame-7808823
Pont Notre-Dame
Brasserie Les Deux Palais-7808829 copy
Brasserie Les Deux Palais
Brasserie Les Deux Palais-7808830
Brasserie Les Deux Palais
Brasserie Les Deux Palais-7808832

Brasserie Les Deux Palais

About Ile de la Cite

Île de la Cité is an island in the river Seine in the center of Paris. In the 4th century, it was the site of the fortress of the Roman governor. In 508, Clovis I, the first King of the Franks, established his palace on the island. In the 12th century, it became an important religious center, the home of Notre-Dame cathedral, and the royal chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, as well as the city's first hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu. It is also the site of the city's oldest surviving bridge, the Pont Neuf.

With the departure of the French kings to the Louvre Palace, and then to the Palace of Versailles, the island became France's judicial centre. In 1302, it hosted the first meeting of the Parliament of Paris and was later the site of the trials of aristocrats during the French Revolution. Today, it is the home of the Prefecture de Police, the Palais de Justice, and the Tribunal de commerce de Paris. The Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation, a memorial to the 200,000 people deported from Vichy France to Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War, is located at the eastern end of the island. The city's most famous landmark, Notre-Dame de Paris, was badly damaged by a fire in 2019 and is closed, but it is expected to reopen in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024. As of 2016, the island's population was 891.