"Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation" Memorial de La Deportation Tip by Pieter11
Memorial de La Deportation, Paris: 11 reviews and 27 photos
At the eastside of the Ile de la Cité, close to the Ile St-Louis, there is an impressive memorial for the victims of the World War II. During that dark period 200.000 Frenchmen who were transported to the Nazi-camps in the east, were killed.
At the very end of the island, this monument has a small square that is accessible through narrow stairs down. Here you should get the feeling that all the victims had: surrounded by high walls and bars. Inside the crypt you will see lots of texts that honour the dead and that emphasize the hope.
The centre of the monument is a tunnel that is decorated by 200.000 little pieces of glass, sparkling brightly in the light. One piece of glass for one victim.
There is a guard at the entrance of the monument, checking for professional camera's or "bad things". There is no entrance fee though.
Address: Square de l'Ile de France (behind Notre Dame)
Directions: behind Notre Dame Cathedral
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