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Ile de la Cité

The Ile de la Cité, an island in the Seine, is the center of Paris, and the location where the city was founded.

In 52 BC a Celtic tribe, the Parisii[?] lived on that ground.

The island was difficult to attack and therefore a variety of peoples wanted to control it.

In the 12th century, King Louis VII ordered the building of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on the island. During the French Revolution and the Paris Commune it was a center of rebellion.

The island is now occupied largely by Notre Dame cathedral and the Palais de Justice[?]. It is connected to the rest of Paris by bridges to both banks of the river and to the Ile Saint-Louis[?]. It has one station on the Paris Metro, "Cité", and the RER station "Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame" on the south bank has an exit on the island in front of the cathedral.



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