An historic walk in the center of Paris

A little walk in the heart of Paris to discover the stories behind the monuments.

The walk is a classic route in the centre of Paris from the Châtelet - Les Halles station, it allows to discover or rediscover the monuments of the capital from another angle. We focus here on the bloody events (assassinations, murders, quartering...) that took place in these neighbourhood.

Interest: notegood (1 note)
Difficulty: difficulté
Duration: 2 h.

The pillory

The pillory

Assassination of Henri IV

Assassination of Henri IV
The king Henry IV was assassinated in the “Rue de le Ferronnerie” on May 14, 1610. The street was narrow and the king was forced to slow down.

'Saint-Germain - l''Auxerrois Church '

'Saint-Germain - l''Auxerrois Church '

Jacques de Molay

Jacques de Molay
Jacques Molay, grand master of the Templars, was burned alive at the tip of the island of the city March 19, 1314.

Liberation of Paris - August 1944

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Liberation of Paris - August 1944
During the WW2, The prefecture was the centre of the insurgency. The walls are still kept traces of the shootings.

Courthouse - Sainte Chapelle

Courthouse - Sainte Chapelle
The Sainte-Chapelle is inside the Palace of Justice, it was built by Saint Louis to shelter some relics, the most important was the Crown of the Christ. The relics are no longer present today. Don’t miss the visit, it’s he prettiest church of Paris.

Cathedral Notre-Dame of Paris

Cathedral Notre-Dame of Paris
You can no longer visit the cathedral after the fire that burnt the roof.

City Hall square

City Hall square
The place de Greve was the place of public executions.

The “Ponts des Arts” bridge

The “Ponts des Arts” bridge
Le Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge where people come to picnic in the summer.

The fountain of the Innocents

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The fountain of the Innocents
The fountain of the Innocents is located in place of the old cemetery of the Innocents (removed in 1870).

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