|DISCOVERING THE STAR SITES AND NEIGHBORHOODS OF
SOME IDEAS FOR WALKING TOURS EXPLORING PARIS HISTORIQUE:
|ILE DE LA CITÉ :
Located in the middle of the Seine River, this is where it all began more than 2000 years ago; it was then that the first Parisians settled on the present day Ile de la Cité.
visit this notorious Gothic prison where thousands, including Danton, Robespierre and Marie-Antoinette spent their last days during the French Revolution.
|LA SAINTE-CHAPELLE: visit this 10th century architectural wonder built at the request of King Louis IX to house relics brought back from the Crusades.|
visit this most famous cathedral know as the "people's church". Built between the years 1163-1345 by the best craftsmen of their time.
|"let them eat cake"|
Before the French Revolution, Montmartre or "Martyrs Mound" was the dominion of the Benedictine Nuns. In the 19th century, the village became the center of Parisian night life and home for the city's artists and intellectuals. The Bohemian way of life was immortalized by the Impressionist painters that lived, worked and played here. This area rises far above the hectic city center taking one back to the days of "La Belle Epoque".
|LA PLACE DU TERTRE:
on this square, located in the heart of the village, painters, caricaturists and artisans display their wares to strolling tourists. Caberets, cafe-theaters, restaurants with terraces and curiosities, of all kinds, can be found in every corner.
|La Place du Tertre|
at the top of the hill of Montmartre, this white Neo-Byzantine basilica sparkles in the sunlight. In the shadows of the basilica is the 12th century church Saint-Pierre, the only remnant of the former Benedictine Nuns.