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Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame

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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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Overpriced but interesting.

We saw the entrance as we approached the Cathedral, it is a small museum that shows the history of the Ile de la Cite, frome Lutece through the middle ages, it was well researched... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Quito, Ecuador
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We saw the entrance as we approached the Cathedral, it is a small museum that shows the history of the Ile de la Cite, frome Lutece through the middle ages, it was well researched and had some nice examples of Coins as well as some interesing 3D renders. My gripe is that it was small for the price of admission... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One could easily walk right past the Archeological Crypt and not even notice it. You'll find the entrance at the furthest end of the plaza away from the Notre Dame cathedral, down a few steps. Fortunately, it was included in our "Paris Pass," so we knew to look for it! Dark and quiet, the crypt immediately drew us back in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this area after our visit to Notre Dame since it is part of the Pedestrain Mall leading to Notre Dame. ( a staircase close to the street leads down into this area). This museum exhibits artifacts excavated between 1965 and 1972. It is believed that villages existed on this site dating back to the early 4th century. I... More 

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winnipeg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We have thought about doing this little museum the last couple of time while in Paris and we finally did. What a great museum! Well worth a visit and it doesn’t take that all day. I really loved seeing the old photos of what was in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in the 1960’s...a parking lot! The visuals and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

The Crypt is located in front of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral to display archaeological remains discovered during excavations from 1965 to 1972, the crypt provides a unique overview of urban and architectural development of the Île de la Cité, It is amazing to see the life of the city just outside the entrance, and then to wander through the passageways... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I'm puzzled how a recent reviewer could call this "bits of rubble with poor descriptions". Instead, I second the opinion of the reviewer who wrote "The origins of the city are beautifully described, illustrated and demonstrated. The photographical reconstructions displayed on the walls behind the real remains brought the stones to life.There's so much down here if you have the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Not my favorite of the activities we did in Paris. If this kind of thing interests you, you'll be pleased to know it is covered by the museum pass.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

An excellent way to understand the early days of the City of Paris with models, plans and interactive video expanding on the exposed ruins from Roman and medieval times. Well worth a visit. Currently also has an exhibit of coinage with some beautiful Roman and later coins.

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Ocean Grove, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

The name "Crypt" is a bit misleading although many are likely buried under the rubble. It is an underground archaeological glimpse of a small street in Roman Goul, before France was ever imagined. The dig is supported by multi media educational guides explaining the history of Paris from it's beginnings. A must if you are at all interested in archaeology... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Whilst debating to wait for the queue to get smaller for Notre Dame we entered the Crypt nearby for €8 each only to find worn down bits of rubble with poor descriptions. My advice if you are bored with money to burn then away you go. But if you actually take any notice of these reviews then stay out.

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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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