Ile de la Cité & Ile St-Louis in the Seine are the heart of medieval Paris and is the oldest part of the city.
The Island has got splendid buildings and among them are Notre-Dame cathedral, the Conciergerie prison where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned and the Sainte Chapelle. The Ile de la Cite also features the romantic old bridge Pont-Neuf dated from 1603. You’ll also find Paris’s finest bird and flower market.
Ile St-Louis is a former cow pasture and home to dozens of fine 17th-century mansions and 6,000 lucky Louisiens, its permanent residents. It offers a peaceful village atmosphere and offers a lot of nice boutiques on the main street – rue St Louis en l´lle.
Cathedral Notre Dame from 1160 is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Climb up the towers 422 spiralling steps and you will get a breathtaking panorama view over Paris. Get to the back of cathedral to square Jean XXIII for the best views of the flying buttresses.
Place du Parvis-Notre-Dame
A medieval fortress which once was a former royal palace that turned into to a prison. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from La Conciergerie to be executed on the Guillotine at a number of locations around Paris. One of the most famous prisoners is Marie-Antoinette and you can visit her cell.
2, boulevard du Palais
On of Paris most beautiful & romantic bridges connects Ille de la Cité with the Seine´s left and right banks. It´s also the oldest bridge in Paris.
Sainte Chapelle is a masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic architecture and the luminous stained glass windows are particularly wonderful when you have see it as a backdrop for classical concerts by composers such as Vivaldi and Bach.
4 Boulevard du Palais