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Archaeological crypt under the forecourt of Notre-Dame

This underground space evokes the past of Ile de la Cité through the remains found during excavations in 1965.

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Archaeological crypt under the forecourt of Notre-Dame

Archaeological crypt under the forecourt of Notre-Dame

This underground space evokes the past of Ile de la Cité through the remains found during excavations in 1965.


Opened in 1980, this underground museum gives visitors the opportunity to discover the history of Ile de la Cité through the numerous archaeological remains found during the excavations undertaken between 1965 and 1972.

Throughout a varied journey through ancient, medieval and classical times, the public can discover the buildings that were present on Ile de la Cité, the historical heart of Paris, from Ancient history to the 19th century. Among the treasures found here are elements of Gallo-Roman times, such as a section of wall from the dock of the port in Ancient Lutetia or ruins of a rampart dating from the early 5th century. Medieval remnants of the basement of the former chapel of the Hôtel-Dieu and the rue Neuve-Notre-Dame are also visible, as well as the remains of the foundations of the Hospice des Enfants-Trouvés and the Haussmann sewage system, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Throughout the year, the crypt also hosts exhibitions dedicated to the history of Ancient and medieval Paris. The ideal place to relive the past of this exceptional Parisian district!


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