Île de la Cité
It was around the Île de la Cité that Paris first developed. The historic cradle of the capital, it remains one the city's most popular and attractive districts. It is home to three of its major monuments: notre Dame cathedral, Sainte Chapelle, and the Conciergerie. Make sure you also visit the charming Place Dauphine and the fragrant flower market, and take in the unique spirit of this island, connected to the rest of Paris by nine bridges spanning the Seine.
Address:place Dauphine, 75001 Paris
The 37 bridges of Paris
Unlike many other great world capitals whose rivers flow apart from the modern centre, the River Seine has always had pride of place in Paris. Indeed, the Seine’s Île de la Cité is still today one of the city’s geographical and institutional hubs. It’s no wonder, then, that Paris has so many bridges - 37 as of 2006 - to attest to the great river’s determining role in its history.Read more