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Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

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Address: Square de l'Ile de France, 75004 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 46 33 87 56
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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 stirring of the heart

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

In 1962 Charles de Gaulle, then President of France, ordered the construction of this memorial to the 200,000 French who were deported during the occupation by the Nazis during WWII.The deported were sent to concentration camps. I was shocked to discover on our visit that this area so near the Cathedral of Notre Dame was just one of the sites... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Almost hidden behind Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite, this is a very moving experience recognizing the 200,000 French deported and executed during World War II by the Nazis and complacent French government.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This seems to be an often overlooked memorial. It's located behind Notre Dame. You need to cross the street and the entrance is on the right. This is a memorial to the many Jewish people rounded up and deported from Paris.The structure itself is very symbolic. Inside there are many photos, documents and explanations of the events that occurred and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Very artistically presented by polite friendly staff Just as expected Half an hour was enough for me

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped here and the staff at gate were very friendly and informative. We were able to walk down and look through the doorway at the memorial. It was well done and thought provoking. The memorial is near Notre Dame so it is worth your time just to look.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This memorial is at the tip of Ile de la cite. This memorial was flooded this past May and June so all the corridors were closed. We could only look into the entrance but we could not enter any halls. Too bad.

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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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