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Île de la Cité

Île de la Cité

Considered the heart of ancient Paris, the Île de la Cité, and the Île Saint-Louis, constitute two of the main islands formed by the meanderings of the Seine river.

Located in the center of the city, within minutes of the most celebrated areas of Paris and the city's most beautiful luxury hotels, such as the Hôtel de Crillon and the Hôtel du Louvre, the Île de la Cité is home to prestigious sights that are the pride of Parisians: the Notre Dame cathedral, the Palais de Justice (once the Royal Palace), the Police Headquarters building, the Conciergerie and the Sainte-Chapelle. Notre Dame is a favorite tourist sight and one of the most majestic cathedrals ever built in France and in Europe.

From the Palais Royal, in the Louvre district, visitors can reach the Île de la Cité by the Pont Neuf, which spans the entire width of the river. Located at the western end of the island and kept intact since it was built in the 14th century, it is the oldest bridge in Paris. Nine bridges link the Île de la Cité to the left and right banks of the Seine. The Petit-Pont serves to cross the smaller branch of the Seine, while the Grand-Pont, renamed the Pont-Notre-Dame, stretches between the Quai de Gesvres and the Île de la Cité.