The Islands

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At the heart of Paris, linked to the banks of the Seine by a series of bridges, are two small islands: Ile St-Louis and Ile de la Cité. They're the perfect places to begin your visit, with postcard-worthy views all around. The Ile de la Cité is anchored by mighty Notre-Dame; farther east, the atmospheric Ile St-Louis is dotted with charming hotels, cozy restaurants, and small specialty shops.

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Notre-Dame

Looming above Place du Parvis, this Gothic sanctuary is the symbolic heart of Paris and, for many, of France itself.…

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Sainte-Chapelle

Built by the obsessively pious Louis IX (1214–70), this Gothic jewel is home to the oldest stained-glass windows in Paris.…

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Palais de Justice

This 19th-century neoclassical courthouse complex occupies the site of the former royal palace of St-Louis that later housed Parliament until…

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