Top Choice Cathedral in The Islands

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Paris' most visited unticketed site, with upwards of 14 million visitors per year, is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. The focus of Catholic Paris for seven centuries, its vast interior accommodates 6000…
Top Choice Chapel in The Islands


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 gem-like Holy Chapel is Paris’ most exquisite …
Bridge in The Islands

Pont Neuf

Paris’ oldest bridge, misguidingly named 'New Bridge', has linked the western end of Île de la Cité with both riverbanks since 1607, when the king, Henri IV, inaugurated it by crossing the bridge on a white stallion…
Monument in The Islands


A royal palace in the 14th century, the Conciergerie later became a prison. During the Reign of Terror (1793–94) alleged enemies of the Revolution were incarcerated here before being brought before the Revolutionary…
Park in The Islands

Square du Vert-Galant

Chestnut, yew, black walnut and weeping willow trees grace this picturesque park at the westernmost tip of the Île de la Cité, along with migratory birds including mute swans, pochard and tufted ducks, black-headed …
Monument in The Islands

Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation

The Memorial to the Victims of the Deportation, erected in 1962, remembers the 200,000 French residents (including 76,000 Jews, of whom 11,000 were children) who were deported to and murdered in Nazi concentration c…
Museum in The Islands

Crypte Archéologique

Beneath the square in front of Notre Dame is the Archaeological Crypt. The 117m-long and 28m-wide area displays the remains of structures built on this site during the Gallo-Roman period, a 4th-century enclosure wal…
Church in The Islands

Église St-Louis en l'Île

French baroque Église St-Louis en l’Île was built between 1664 and 1726. It hosts classical music and organ concerts some Sundays; check the agenda online.
Landmark in The Islands

Point Zéro des Routes de France

Distances from Paris to every part of metropolitan France are measured from this bronze star, embedded in the paving stones of the vast square in front of Notre Dame. When the sun floods onto the cathedral's exquisi…
Bridge in The Islands

Pont St-Louis

The Île de la Cité and Île St-Louis are connected by the postcard-perfect Pont St-Louis.