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The Île de la Cité is the place where the history of Paris started; this is where the first settlement of the Parisii tribe was built (3rd century B.C.E.), where the Roman Lutetia became an important commercial centre, where the Merovingian kings built their first grand palace (present-day Conciergerie), where the oldest bridge on the Seine stands (the Pont Neuf, ironically translated as “The New Bridge”) and where the most important church of the city, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, welcomes millions of tourists every year. Île de la Cité and the nearby Ile St Louis, are, for all those reasons the places to start your tour when in Paris.

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