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Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame

Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Address: Place de Parvis, Ile de la Cite (Metro: Cite) | parvis Notre-Dame, 75004 Paris, France
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I love history and ruins so this was one of my Paris must dos. The ruins are right in front of Notre Dame Cathedral down some stairs. Admission is covered by the Paris Museum... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David E
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided on the Crypt as no queue .. though I'm aware the Notre Dame Q moves quickly. Paid €8 for a lot of education. The crypt contains Roman Ruins discovered under a car park directly in front of the Cathedral before the whole area was pedestrianised. The ruins are there within touch illuminated by moody moving light. Wonderful to see!... More 

Thank Elizabeth R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see for anyone interested in the growth of Paris over the Centuries. Well displayed and preserved ruins tell the story of Paris from the first century through the Middle Ages. Despite thousands of people visiting Notre-Dame above, on the day of our visit only a few people ventured below ground. Great for those who are history buffs.

Thank Leanne S
Paris, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You want to know the prehistory of Paris and it history and you want to know how it occured, you can go to the crypte archéologique de Paris next to Notre Dame Cathedrale. There's now a very beautiful coins collection from the Gaule period up to the end of the French monarchy It is so great

Thank Christian R
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love history and ruins so this was one of my Paris must dos. The ruins are right in front of Notre Dame Cathedral down some stairs. Admission is covered by the Paris Museum Pass. I can see some people spending 15 mins there doing a quick walk through and leaving. My wife and I read everything and spent about... More 

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Niskayuna, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Archaeological Crypt of Notre Dame is very much off the beaten path. It's located at the other end of the courtyard in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, and is very easily overlooked as all eyes are on the Gothic masterpiece that dominates the Ile de la Cite. We had the Paris Museum Pass, so ducking in here was a... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This rather unique museum in located underground, next to Notre Dame Cathedral. It takes you from the Roman beginnings of Paris, and demonstrates the development of Paris from that point. There are ruins to see, and interactive video demonstrations, along with explanatory plaques along the way.

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Highland Village, Texas
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

The crypt are ruins of the Roman port Parvis with recreations of how it would have looked like using the ruins. Very educational, good for a rainy or hot day.

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

I admit we really only went in to get out of the rain but I am glad we did! It was a well-presented walk through the early history of the city, with a lot of emphasis on the gold and other metal coins that have been found. Not too long, and some well-preserved ancient walls and buildings too. Well worth... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

The Audio-guide really is a good thing here to listen to, since it is very heplful in orienting you through the museum, next to all the information you hear. If your interested in roman Paris, than this museum is a must to see on your list!

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Reviewed 23 February 2017

An interesting perspective of the City, found at the north end of the Notre Dame plaza. The artifacts were quite significant, well placed, and told a good story of how the city was originally created and built over the years. Would be a very nice diversion on a hot day.

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Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
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