Back in the 1960s, construction of an underground parking lot revealed a vast array of archeological ruins under the esplanade in front of Notre-Dame. Specialists were called in and the site was preserved and made accessible to visitors. The ruins are a jumble of centuries of Parisian history, including Roman baths, medieval ramparts, and an ancient port. Explanatory displays have been translated into English, and spiffy 3D displays have been installed to show what Paris looked like during various epochs, which brings many parts of the ruins to life. For some, it’ll still be just a pile of rocks; for others, it’s a fascinating look into the city’s history.
Crypte Archéologique du Parvis Notre-Dame
7 parvis Notre-Dame, 4th arrond., entrance at the western end of the esplanade in front of Notre-Dame
Our Rating Neighborhood Louvre & Île de la Cité (1st Arrondissement) Hours Tues–Sun 10am–6pm Transportation Métro: Cité or St-Michel. RER: St-Michel-Notre-Dame Phone 01-55-42-50-10 Prices Admission 8€ adults, 6€ ages 18–26, free for children 17 and under and students 25 and under with ID Web site Crypte Archéologique du Parvis Notre-Dame