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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

#158 of 1,086 things to do in Paris
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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Address: Square de l'Ile de France, 75004 Paris, France
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Located on the Île de la Cité, this memorial is dedicated to the 200,000...

Located on the Île de la Cité, this memorial is dedicated to the 200,000 French citizens who died in concentration camps during World War II.

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A very easy stop to make , behind Notra Dame. The memorial is built underground with a damp, dark and closed in feeling, at times uncomfortable, cold and with a feeling of "how... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Cortland, New York
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Cortland, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very easy stop to make , behind Notra Dame. The memorial is built underground with a damp, dark and closed in feeling, at times uncomfortable, cold and with a feeling of "how will i get out of here". All emotions I think the creators wanted to evoke. A very quiet place of reflection, some historical maps of areas of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As indicated by the name, it is located on the site of a former morgue, underground behind Notre Dame on Île de la Cité. Unfortunately, the memorial was closed by the time I reached there. Special mention: view of river Seine from the tip of an island within it.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

The memorial was closed the last time I've been in Paris, so it was a priority this time, and I'm glad I could make it. The Memorial is very impacting and beaufitul, in part because it's not crowded (it was empty when I got there) and therefore very peaceful. It's a place to think and let the best of your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

The memorial is to the 200,000 people who were deported from Vichy France to the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. It's located right behind Notre Dame on the very tip of the island. It is underground on the site of a former morgue. Very sobering and tragic.

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Herault, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Has mankind learned anything from these terrible times? I fear not. This memorial is very thought provoking and I highly recommend you visit. Do not rush to see the many facets and take your time to read all the information. I didn't take any photos as a measure of respect.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Phenomenally sobering visit. Lots of details and articles were preserved, to help conserve the sense of the grave injustice that took place here.

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Brighton, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Located right behind Notre Dame is this memorial dedicated to those Jews deported to one of the many major concentration camps in Germany and Poland. From the start you are made aware of how small you are and how confining of a space one might live in. There is a simple tomb dedicated to the unknown deportee with an eternal... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Stark, informative and moving. No shock tactics are needed to tell this story....... what lingers is the human spirit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We were told about this memorial and decided not to miss it even though the signposting was not great and recent flooding had put some parts out of bounds for repair. I was very pleased to have made the effort. It's very nicely done and provides a reflective space in the midst of city madness to consider the things we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Lesser known and tucked away at the point of the island behind Notre Dame Cathedral, this small memorial is very unique in its architectural concept starting with the narrow stairs going down the river, and extremely evocative and moving in its simplicity. I could not agree more with previous reviewer that this memorial is much less about the details of... More 

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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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