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Charlemagne et ses Leudes situated in the popular square Parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II by the Seine River is a statue of Charlemagne, the mighty Frank emperor. This bronze statue was designed by Charles Rochet and Louis Rochet and was erected in 1878. This statue portrays Charlemagne riding a horse, on either side of the horse holding the leash are Charlemagne's trustworthy friends Roland and Olivier. This equestrian statue is a popular historical landmark in the neighborhood.
Located opposite the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Crypte Archéologique du Parvis Notre-Dame is a treasure trove of important and priceless ruins from Gallo-Roman to the 19th Century. The crypt is made with the intention to preserve some of the masterpieces of an age and period, which will never return. The traces which were discovered during the excavation of 1965 were converted into a preservation space in 1980. As this place is open to the public, don't miss an opportunity to visit, when in Paris.
At number 1-3 rue Ursins stands a very old house with a Medieval tower and windows. No doubt, you are facing a bourgeois mansion from medieval times. You may think you can feel a kind of feudal atmosphere in this street, even in this area, but not really! The architect Fernand Poullion built this incredible house in 1958: it is a patchwork of the old house that was located right here and various elements and materials collected from medieval ruins (wrought iron, stained glass windows…). The result is very confusing. The location – facing the Seine river, near Notre-Dame church and Hôtel de Ville – makes this house one of the most sought-after houses of the Capital. It is the former residence of Aga-Khan, and would be owned today by a Middle East Prince. Call +33 8 3668 3112 (Tourist Information)
This ancient church in the 5th arrondissement of Paris was once the site of a Roman crossroads in the 6th Century. It was reconstructed after the Normand invasion in 886, although vestiges of the ancient foundations still stand. St-Julien le Pauvre hosts frequent classical and choral concerts. It is built in the Romanesque style of architecture.
Also known as Memorial of the Deportation, the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation is a major landmark in France. The memorial is dedicated to the 200,000 people who were transported from Vichy France to the Nazi concentration camps during the World War II. Designed by Georges-Henri Pingusson and launched by Charles de Gaulle, the memorial is on the site of an earlier morgue, behind Notre Dame. The structure is mentioned in the Architectural Digest as one of the most remarkable memorials of all times.
Île de la Cité's is one of two natural islands located within the city of Paris. This island is entirely shaped by the Seine River and located in the heart of the city. Many historians believe that the first group of people, a small Gallic tribe, settled on the island in 52 BC. It has been inhabited ever since by the likes of Romans, Merovingians, and contemporary French citizens. Visitors will find some of the city's most recognizable monument on the isle, including Notre-Dame, La Place Dauphine and Sainte Chapelle, to name only a few. These structures on Île de la Cité serve as an excellent representation of the beauty and architecture for which Paris is famous.
Flanked by iconic French landmarks like the majestic Notre Dame and the Conciergerie, Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux has been in operation since 1808, making it the oldest and lone surviving floral market in Paris. Located in the heart of Ile de la Cité, the avenue sees an array of shops featuring exotic flowers, plants and shrubs. From primroses and orchids to violets and myrtles, the seasonal blooms paint a beautiful and tranquil picture in the tourist-dominated area. Open throughout the week, Sundays see bird traders set up shop with rare species of parrots, macaws, doves and budgies, as well as cages, seeds and accessories.
In the Latin Quarter stands Saint-Séverin, which traces its beginnings way back in the 5th Century although the church, as seen today, was created somewhere in the 15th Century. One of the oldest churches in the city, this one dons a flamboyant Gothic style. Often considered one of the most beautiful medieval churches in Paris, the Saint-Séverin is dedicated to a devout hermit called Séverin of Paris. Several beautiful features constitute this iconic place of worship - its nave is a much appreciated work of architecture, while the stained glass windows are quite mesmerizing as well.