Paris Tour Day 1: La Cité

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Marie Antoinette cell
This day was my first official tour day of Paris and I wanted to start by La Cité, as it is truly the heart of Paris. My host lives really close to the area, so I could do all my tour walking. I started off at the Pantheon, but I did not go inside in that moment. My next stop was the Sorbonne University, an absolute landmark. I had Cinammon Crepes and coffee for breakfast and then I was ready to start my tour. My first official stop was the Concergierie, ancient home of the Kings of France and then turned into a prison. The building gained importance during the french revolution hosting no less than the unfortunate Marie Antoinette. Her cell was actually turned into a chapel, but a small part of it was reconstructed as a cell to offer visitors an idea of how it must have looked like back in those times.
Focault's pendulum... isn' that cool?


After the Concergerie; I visited Sainte Chapelle, as it is just a few steps away. The chapel was built as a royal chapel after the expansion of the old palace. Its vitrals are very beautiful and impressive, but unfortunately the building is still in restoration, so we did not have a chance to see the altar.

Then I moved to Notre Dame and I wanted to go on top of the bell tower, but the line was long and slow. I just went inside the church and took a little look. Then I visited the Cluny museum, with an important collection of medieval and roman pieces, and my last stop was again the Pantheon, but this time I did visit it on the inside. The building is absolutely magnificent and impressive; its murals depict several passages of the history of France including the lives of Jean of Arc, Saint Geneveve and Saint Denis. It also contains the remainings of french revolution characters like Voltaire, whic I guess must be impressive for some. I did enjoy visiting the tomb of Marie Curie though. But definitively one thing I did love to see at the Pantheon was Focault's pendulum (the oldest practical proof of the rotation of the earth), it was truly exciting!
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Marie Antoinette cell
Marie Antoinette cell
Focaults pendulum... isn that co…
Focault's pendulum... isn' that c…
Pantheon
Pantheon
Sorbonne University
Sorbonne University
Sorbonne University
Sorbonne University
My breakfast
My breakfast
La Concergierie
La Concergierie
St Chapel on the back
St Chapel on the back
Inside the Concergerie
Inside the Concergerie
A guard
A guard
Marie Antoinette prison bed
Marie Antoinette prison bed
Marie Antoinette guards
Marie Antoinette guards
Marie Antoinette paintings
Marie Antoinette paintings
Marie Antoinette paintings
Marie Antoinette paintings
Marie Antoinette paintings
Marie Antoinette paintings
Marie Antoinette paintings
Marie Antoinette paintings
Saint Chapelle
Saint Chapelle
Saint Chapelle
Saint Chapelle
Saint Chapelle
Saint Chapelle
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Notre Dame and Charlemagne
Notre Dame and Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Inside Notre Dame
Inside Notre Dame
Image our Our Lady of Guadalupe in…
Image our Our Lady of Guadalupe i…
Ruins of roman bath
Ruins of roman bath
Mass in Notre Dame
Mass in Notre Dame
Pantheon
Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon
Life of St Genoveve
Life of St Genoveve
The dome of the Pantheon
The dome of the Pantheon
Coronation of Charlemagne
Coronation of Charlemagne
Life of Joan of Arc
Life of Joan of Arc
Life of Joan of Arc
Life of Joan of Arc
Life of Joan of Arc
Life of Joan of Arc
Voltaires tomb
Voltaire's tomb
Marie Curies tomb
Marie Curie's tomb
Martyrdom of St Denis
Martyrdom of St Denis
Revolutionare propaganda :P
Revolutionare propaganda :P
Zooming the Eiffel tower
Zooming the Eiffel tower
St Genoveve Church
St Genoveve Church
I love Paris too :)
I love Paris too :)
Paris
photo by: Sweetski