You don’t need to look far to see the impressive monuments in this historic district of Paris where you will find our boutique hotel in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, on Île de la Cité, is just one of the major landmarks nearby. The cathedral has survived since the Middle Ages when it was built from 1163 to 1345. It immediately makes you think of Victor Hugo, Esmeralda, Quasimodo... A model of Gothic architecture, from the primitive to flamboyant styles, it is one of the largest cathedrals in the West, while its two 13-metre wide rose windows continue to impress visitors. Various depictions of its construction and the methods used can also be seen.
At the top of Boulevard Saint-Michel, opposite the Luxembourg gardens lies the Pantheon, a magnificent neoclassical building (1757-1790), where some of the country’s most distinguished figures are buried. Among others, they include Germaine Tillion, Geneviève De Gaulle-Anthonioz, figures of the French Resistance, scientists Pierre and Marie Curie, as well as Voltaire, Rousseau, Hugo, Jean Jaurès, Jean Moulin, and André Malraux.
Nearby, the Pont Neuf is Paris’ oldest bridge built in 1578-1607. Crossing the Seine west of Ile de la Cité, it owes its name to the fact that it was never covered in houses which you would find on the other bridges at the time, and its pavements which protected pedestrians from horse and carriage.
The Pont des Arts will take you across the river to the Louvre and its Cour Carrée (square courtyard). The railings that were once covered in love locks attached symbolically by couples. Since 2015, glass panels have replaced the wires when they became too heavy to support the bridge.
Be sure to visit the Hôtel de Ville (Paris town hall), Eiffel Tower, Sacré Cœur Basilica, Opéra Garnier, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides (housing Napoléon’s tomb), the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées, Place de la Concorde, the Petit and Grand Palais…