The Crypte Archeologique (Archaeological Crypt) in Notre Dame Square (Parvis) in Paris is an incredible site for those interested in the history of Paris. During the Gallo-Roman Period, Paris was known as Lutetia, which developed from the first and second centuries BC.
The Crypte Archeologique contains the remains of Gallo-Roman Lutetia, including its third century BC walls, its streets and heating systems and even the ruins of a cathedral. Some of the remains are medieval, dating to the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries and including a hospital.
A little known site, the Crypte Archeologique is often not as crowded as the streets above it.
The Crypte Archeologique is located under the main square of Notre Dame on Ile de la Cite and is accessed down an innocuous set of stairs in front of the cathedral. The nearest metro station is Cite on line M4 and RER station Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame on lines RER B and C.
The Crypte Archeologique is open daily, 10am-6pm (last admission 5:30pm). Closed 1 Jan, 1 and 8 May, 1 and 11 Nov and 25 Dec. Entry costs €4 (free for under 14s), reduced price €3.
Crypte Archeologique (Paris Archaeological Crypt), Parvis Notre Dame,
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