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Square du Vert-Galant

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Address: 1 Square du Vert Galant, 75001 Paris, France
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A small park on the Île de la Cité.

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Square du Vert-Galant is a beautiful little park occupying the western tip of the Île de la Cité. Steps lead down from Pont Neuf to the park. The embankments on either side of the... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2016
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

Square du Vert-Galant is a beautiful little park occupying the western tip of the Île de la Cité. Steps lead down from Pont Neuf to the park. The embankments on either side of the square are perfect for sitting upon to take in the lovely views of the Seine.

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2015

From Pont Neuf walk down the stairs to this small park. It is an historic park where a king met his mistresses. Today, the fencing has locks placed by couples in love.

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 21 October 2015

This is a nice little par, right in the middle of a very busy tourist area. We were walking from the Louvre to Notre Dame and stumbled on the stairway down to the park - it was a really nice surprise. At the "pointy" end of the park is a willow tree and great view. We spent some time relaxing... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

Great little park to relax for a bit between exploring both sides of the Seine. Lovely to just lay on the grass and cool down.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2015

First ignore the Googlemap pointer on the Trip Advisor page, as it's wrong! This is a narrow triangular little park at the Ile de la Citie's western tip reached by a couple of steep stairways down from the ancient Pont Neuf. A plaque explains that these gardens were a gift of Montreal in 1967. On the north flank is the... More 

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Meudon, France
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

Jst a few steps down from the Pont Neuf (17th century"New Bridge", now Paris' oldest, of course!) the little-frequented riverside Square du Vert Galant public garden awaits you for a unique touch of the French capital. "Galant Green" actually refers to the sexual activity of even ageing King Henri IV, whose statue graces the New Bridge above. But here, all... More 

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Reviewed 3 July 2015

If you have just walked yourself to exhaustion, or if you have just landed and are jet lagged but don't want to go to bed, grab a picnic lunch and head to the Vert-Galant. This very, very small park is the perfect place to just sit and relax and watch the world go by. If you bring a bottle of... More 

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 12 June 2015

The square du Vert-Galant is located at the West tip of the île de la Cité. It is 7 m below the level of the roads and buildings floor in the rest of the island; it can be flooded during the river Seine highest tides. It is a very nice place to watch the sunset or ta take a picnic... More 

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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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Reviewed 30 May 2015

We only had 2 and a half days in Paris and it was raining as we walked along the Seine. One of our planned outings was to be a boat ride along the Seine and we came upon one leaving at noon. While it was over cast and rainy, we were able to see many of the important sites of... More 

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Reviewed 16 May 2015

On this spot on March 11 1314, Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar, was burned alive. As a result, the Vatican forced the Priory of Sion underground and (almost) exterminated the secret Bloodline of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. There is a small plaque to commemorate this atrocity (see photo). The plaque is easy... More 

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