"Not Notre Dame's Facade! Under Your Feet!" Paris Off The Beaten Path Tip by hquittner

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The Parvis before the Notre Dame Cathedral is ignored by almost every visitor. It is used only to view the cathedral facade, but it contains two sites worthy of recognition.
1)Embedded in the center of the square is a bronze plaque which marks the point from which all road distances from Paris are measured.
2) Under the Parvis is a Museum called the Archeological Crypt (fee; accepts Museum Pass). The entrance is near the back of the Parvis. The excavations were carried out from 1965-72. The limits of the works below ground are delimited by markings in the Parvis. The ruins contain vestiges of Gallo-Roman ruins, medieval walls and fragments of church buildings from the predecessor of Notre Dame. There are indicator lights. You must be a lover of ruins to enjoy it. We are! Do you know that there is a magnificent Roman Bath incorporated in the Cluny Museum? Or that there is a small Arena not far from the rue Monge? (See our Tips on these).

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  • Written Mar 22, 2008
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