Welcome to the Île de la Cité, the historic heart of the French capital. Two thousand years of epic and turbulent history await you.
Walking through this place full of stories and symbolism is like traveling back in time with characters from legend. From Roman invasions to the flourishing Middle Ages to the turmoil of the Revolution, the Île de la Cité is a condensed history of France.
Three powers rose here and left us prestigious, secular, and sacred monuments. Discover all the secrets of Notre-Dame cathedral, its countless statues, and the mysterious inscriptions of the Canons’ cloisters. Relive the upheaval of the famous prisoners of the Conciergerie and the Palais de Justice: Marie-Antoinette, Danton, Robespierre, Olympe de Gouges, Condorcet, Madame Roland… Admire the stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle, one of the Gothic wonders of the medieval world. Discover the impressive treasure hidden in the most beautiful equestrian statue in Paris, on the most renowned aging Lothario of bridges. Succumb to the charm and the poetry of medieval streets, bridges, parks, and squares.
- Duration: 3 hours
- Skip-the-line tickets for Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie included. At Notre-Dame, priority access (free).
- Optional: the towers of Notre-Dame with a breathtaking view over the cathedral and the center of Paris (no elevator; additional fee of 8€/person applies). If you are interested in this option, please mention it at the check-out or contact us.