Located behind Notre Dame, this often-overlooked place of history is a quiet reminder of a time of violence. The unlucky day of Friday the 13th is said by many to refer to the arrest of the Knights Templars on Friday, October 13, 1307. For various political reasons, these knights were tried and many sentenced to be burned at the stake on March 18, 1314. The burning of their leaders took place on this quiet island located at the back of Notre Dame. If you do go, head from the Ampitheater to the "point" of the island and you can find the unpaved area where the stakes were located. Stand there and be connected to a part of history.
The surrounding area on either side of the cathedral and either side of the Seine are an interesting neighborhood. But it is unusual to actually stand in a spot where history occurred.
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