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HD photos of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation in Paris France - Page 1



When we were in Paris and close to Notre Dame Cathedral we decided to visit the Memorial Des Martyrs De La Deportation, which is on the Ile de la Cite Island right at the very end in the Square De I'Ile-de-France, and this memorial is dedicated to the 200,000 plus people that were deported from Vichy France to Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War.  But unfortunately, by the time we reached the memorial it was closed, and we could only take photos showing the outside area.


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Photo of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation on the Ile de la Cite Island

Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation


In a tranquil area just as you have passed the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Square Jean XXIII, you will come across a more basic and stark garden called the Square de l'Ile de France, and it is here that you will be able to discover the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, and this is photo we took looking towards the narrow entrance way surrounded by a wall, and a plaque at the side, which provides a few details about this thought provoking monument in Paris.


Picture of rose garden at Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Rose Garden At Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation


We took this photo of a basic, yet pretty rose garden with its plaque that was planted in April 1975 and inaugurated by Madame Giscard d'Estaing, who was the wife of a former French President and this was quite fitting considering it is in memory of those who were deported to concentration camps and her father was one of those that died in a camp in 1944, and in this picture you can see the wall of the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation right next to the rose bed, which is a sobering tourist attraction in memory of the 200,000 people that were deported.


Wrought iron bars with spikes found at Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Wrought Iron Bars With Spikes


As you descend the narrow entrance and the concrete steps down to the crypt of the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, the first thing you will see are ominous wrought iron bars with spikes, that are to give you a feeling of confinement and possibly depicting barbed wire, yet in this close up photo, you can also see a part of a grate or bars, that provide the only light to the outside and the blue you can see is actually the water from the River Seine, and these aspects are to try and provide a reminder of the horrific conditions people were held in within concentration camps during World War II.


View of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation on the River Seine in Paris

Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation And River Seine


Here you can see a photo we took of the eastern end of the Ile de la Cite island, and at the very tip you will see there is actually what looks like a window just above the water line, and this is in fact the only light through grills you would get to see if you visit the crypt of the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, which is an unusual tourist attraction that was inaugurated by General Charles de Gaulle on 12th April 1962, and is a sobering reminder of the atrocities that took place in France during World War II.


Memorial Des Martyrs De La Deportation and its garden

Memorial Des Martyrs De La Deportation And Its Garden


While standing on the Ile de la Cite island at the eastern tip looking towards the Ile Saint Louis, we took this photograph showing a rose garden and the wall to the top of the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, which was designed by the architect Georges-Henri Pingussonin memory of the 200,000 people that were deported from France to concentration camps while under Nazi rule during World War II, and this monument recognises the Jews including children, resistance fighters, etc that received this fate, with only a few returning after the camps were liberated.





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More information on Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

  -  Visiting Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

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  -  Photos of Square de L'Ile-de-France
  -  Photos of Square Jean XXIII
  -  Photos of Notre Dame Cathedral
  -  Photos of Pont de l'Archeveche


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