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Palais de Justice

(4th  arrondissement) (IC) -

Several blocks to the west of Notre Dame you will find a large complex that houses the  Prefecture de Police,  the Palais de Justice (Court House), the  ancient jail of the Conciergerie and the glorious Sainte Chapelle church.

        The Palais de Justice from the Seine River

       

Conciergerie

During
the French Revolution, new courts of law were established at the Palais de Justice. The Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle are part of what once was the Palace of the French Kings from the 10th through the 14th centuries. The Conciergerie is a portion of the former Palace that was converted to a torture chamber and prison for those destined to be accused and tried in the adjacent courts .  Perhaps the most famous of those imprisoned here during the French Revolution was Marie Antoinette, who was convicted and  later executed by guillotine at the Place de la Concorde.  Her former cell in the Conciergerie is now an understated, informal memorial to the former French queen and daughter of the Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.  The small cell merits a glance and is a very popular attraction, but for some reason most visitors mute their conversation when approaching Marie Antoinette's forlorn and inglorious last residence.

Sainte Chapelle

        Saint Chapelle is a small, but glorious church with incredible stained glass

At the  Palais de Justice complex, you will also find Ste. Chapelle, a church that was built by the command of Saint Louis (King Louis IX of France -13th Century) to house the Crown of Thorns, pieces of the True Cross and other holy relics from the Crusades, which, unfortunately, did not survive the French Revolution. This small church is a treasure consisting of both upper and lower chapels.  Visiting Sainte Chapelle is a memorable experience

The stained glass, which dates from the 13th century, is the oldest in Paris and still possesses strong colors. Be sure to explore the Upper Chapel, which has the best glass and beautiful painted stonework.

Pont Neuf

(4th arrondissement) -

         The Pont Neuf (new bridge) is actually the oldest bridge in Paris

The Pont Neuf (New Bridge) is the oldest bridge in Paris and dates from the early 17th century. Its name distinguished it, at the time, from the other bridges crossing the Seine, all of which were older and quite dilapidated.  The bridge, which is located at  the western edge of the Île de la Citè, consists of two spans; the shorter span connects the Left Bank with the island while a slightly longer span connects to the Right Bank. 

The bridge provides pleasant views of the Siene and the Île de la Citè.  When illuminated at night, it is quite stunning and provides a "romantic" view of Paris.  The Pont Neuf  is one of the most photographed bridges in the City and one that has appeared in numerous movies, most recently in the Bourne Supremacy with Matt Damon.

Île Sainte-Louis

(4th arrondissement) -

The Île Saint-Louis, which is connected to the Île de la Citè by the Pont Saint Louis, is comprised of tightly packed 17th century townhouses.  It is a delight to walk and a great place for a meal or a dessert, especially along the Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île (take the Pont Saint Louis from the Notre Dame area to reach this street).

Cruise the Seine

A fun way to see the Île de la Cité and the bridges and monuments along the Seine is to take a night cruise on the Bateaux-Mouches.
The boats depart from a station on the Right Bank between the Pont de l'Alma and the Pont des Invalides.  See this section of our page on the Champs Elysèes for details on the boat lines offering cruises.

Shakespeare and Company

(5th arrondisement) -

If you are crossing to the Latin Quarter from Notre Dame and have literary interests, you might want to stop at Shakespeare and Company, a bookshop focused on English language works that has become something of an attraction in the city.  Although not the original Shakespeare and Company in Paris and not as famous a a historical literary setting as the original, there is a lot to like about this small shop.  Visit their website  to see if the shop might interest you.

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