A royal palace in the 14th century, the Conciergerie later became a prison. During the Reign of Terror (1793–94) alleged enemies of the...
Tour de l’Horloge
The Tour de l’Horloge has held a public clock aloft since 1370. A joint ticket with Ste-Chapelle costs €11.
The Archaeological Crypt is under the square in front of Notre Dame. The 117m-long and 28m-wide area displays in situ the remains of...
Bistro des Augustins
Plastered with old advertising posters from the bouquiniste (booksellers) stalls opposite, this bistro and bar manages to remain...
This stylish eating space courtesy of Guy Savoy sits across from Notre Dame and the Seine-side booksellers. Modern but elegant décor...
8 bd du Palais, 1er · interesting places nearby
Try to save Sainte-Chapelle for a sunny day, when Paris’ oldest, finest stained glass is at its dazzling best. Enshrined within the Palais de Justice (Law Courts), this gemlike Holy Chapel is Paris’ most exquisite Gothic monument. Ste-Chapelle was built in just six years (compared with nearly 200 years for Notre Dame) and consecrated in 1248.
The chapel was conceived by Louis IX to house his personal collection of holy relics, including the famous Holy Crown (now in Notre Dame).
Peek at its exterior from across the street, by the law courts’ magnificently gilded 18th-century gate facing rue de Lutèce.