Ile de la Cité
Notre-Dame and Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris Renting a property on Île de la Cité is a rare privilege in one of Paris's most enchanting neighborhoods. The origins of Paris Île de la Cité is one of the most touristy districts of Paris. The fact that it is an island is not unusual but rather it is the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris that attracts the crowds. An architectural masterpiece, the building imposes its silhouette on the original site of Paris city. The island covers just over 54 acres. Although, like the rest of Paris, Île de la Cité lost its medieval architecture with Haussmann, it does however retain an insular character that adds to the magic of the location. With 9 bridges connecting it to the left and right banks, Île de la Cité has the air of a small village within the city. To do list Although Notre-Dame is the most visited monument in France and monopolizes visitors' attention, it is far from being the only point of interest in the neighborhood. Standing in the square, you only need to look down on the ground to spot the point zero marker, which can be used to calculate distances from other cities in the country. Île de la Cité is a real mishmash of history and architecture: walking around, you can't help but notice the Saint-Chapelle. A vestige of the old Palais de la Cité, the building is now mainly visited by people who come to visit the famous prison. Walking along each of the island’s streets, you can see the area’s most impressive monuments: from the Palais de Justice to the Hôtel-Dieu, all the way to the police headquarters and the company law courts. The more intimate Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation, behind Notre-Dame, reminds us that history is not all glamour and glory. A small, secluded tip of land, the Square du Vert Galant, on the western end of the island, resembles the prow of a ship. Accessing Île de la Cité Île de la Cité is fully connected to the modern city. In addition to the bridges that are used by several bus lines, metro line 4 stops at the Cité station. You can also get to Notre-Dame easily from the Saint-Michel station on the left bank. This touristic and administrative district has more restaurants and gourmet shops than convenience stores. However, there are a few bakeries and other local businesses. The flower market is very famous... Tempted to spend a few days on Île de la Cité? Take a look at the apartments we have available nearby.