Ile de la Cite

France, Paris Guide (B): Ile de la Cite

Few travelers and tourists visiting Paris, France, realize that the famous cathedral of Notre-Dame is actually situated on an island. The Ile de la Cité is usually referred to as the epicenter of Paris, as well as the original site of the Parisi tribes of the Sequana river, now known as the Seine. This was possibly the earliest settlement in Paris--- a muddy town on the banks of a muddy river that grew to be known as one of the most beautiful places in the world. The official "navel" can be found on a small bronze plaque in the square in front of the cathedral. This is just a few steps from where the early Romans set up shop in the 50's (A.D that is) This is technically the very center of France. Don't expect to have a revelation or see a halo just because you touch this spot with your shoe, although from the number of tourists taking frantic photographs of this hallowed point, I may be missing something. The focal point of the island is of course the Notre-Dame Cathedral. (Church of Our lady) dedicated to the mother of God. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Ile de la Cite
Guide Location: France » Paris
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Notre-Dame Cathedral   Palais de Justice   St. Chapelle Church   Conciergerie   Place Dauphine   Hotel Le Notre Dame   Hôtel Henri 4   Albe Hotel   Europe Saint Severin-Paris Notre Dame   Best Western Premier Royal Saint Michel   Villa d'Estrées  
Author: Matt Barrett
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