Guided tour of the Ile de la Cité

The island is considered as the cradle of the city.

Indeed, a Gallic tribe, the Parisii, used to live in the area, maybe a little bit further at the mouth of the Bièvre, or on an other island missing today.

After the Romans won in Gaul in 52 BC, Roman people settled on the island and lived there until the Vth century. But in 276, the Barbarian invasions obliged the population to group together on the Île de la Cité.

In 360, Lutèce became Paris…

Accross the island, eventhough its main activities are administrative, we still find very important witnesses from the past : the Place Dauphine and the Square du Vert-Galant, Sainte-Chapelle, the Hôtel-Dieu, and also the Old Notre Dame district, where the ancient monastery was stretching over and where canons and students were living.

The majestuous gothic cathedral is obviously the pearl of the tour !

Photo credits : Emilie Robaldo