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Photos of Square de L'Ile-de-France in Paris - Page 1

Since we had already decided to visit the Memorial Des Martyrs De La Deportation on the Ile de la Cite Island, it meant that we had to walk through the small but well looked after garden come park called the Square de I'Ile-de-France, and as you will see from these photos it is found right on the end of the island with the memorial inside its gardens.

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Photo of Square de L'Ile-de-France on the Ile de la Cite

Square de L'Ile-de-France On Ile de la Cite

While we were standing in the shade within the Square de l'Ile de France, after realising that unfortunately the crypt of the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation was actually closed, we took this photo looking at the lovely rose bed and the wall of the memorial, before heading out of the square to discover the Pont de l'Archeveche, or Lovers Bridge, which is situated very close to here and goes from the Ile de la Cite over the River Seine to the opposite bank.

Square de L'Ile-de-France rose garden and plaque

Square de L'Ile-de-France Rose Garden

This is a photo we took while within the small garden in Paris known as the Square de l'Ile de France, and as you can tell, there is a plaque in front of the rose bed, which generally translates to, This rose "Resurrection" was planted on 26th April 1975 by Mrs Giscard d'Estaing in tribute to the Resistance and Deportation, for the 30th Anniversary of the Liberation of Concentration Camps, and it is actually quite logical that the wife of a former French President, whose father died at a contration camp in 1944 should be the person to inaugurate the rose beds on the Ile de la Cite.

This photo shows the Square de L'Ile-de-France along with Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Photo Of Square de L'Ile-de-France

The Square de l'Ile de France was first inaugurated with this name just before the start of World War I, however, it has become far more signifant since, as during the years 1954 up until 1964 a memorial like a crypt was constructed, and dedicated to the 200,000 French including women, children, Jews, etc that were deported to concentration camps from France during World War II, this is called the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, and the top part with its low wall and narrow entrance can be seen in this photgraph we took.

Small garden area of the Square de L'Ile-de-France

Garden Area Of Square de L'Ile-de-France

Way back in the 14th century, the area you can see in this picture was just piles of rubble and other rubbish from where the Notre Dame Cathedral had been constructed on the Ile de la Cite island, and was nicknamed the la Motte-aux-Papelards, but by 1687, the garden had been transformed into part of the enclosure of the canons of the cathedral, yet at the time, this area was only reserved for men, but things changed again during the 1800s under the direction of Baron Haussmann, although what you see today is entirely different yet again and has since been named the Square de l'Ile de France.

Square de L'Ile-de-France flower bed with roses

Square de L'Ile-de-France Roses

Located at the eastern end of the Ile de la Cite island by the Square Jean XXIII and Notre Dame cathedral in one direction and the Ile Saint Louis the opposite way, the rose beds you can see in this image were only planted within the Square de l'Ile de France in 1975, in memory of atrocities that took place in France during World War II.

Square de L'Ile-de-France garden and memorial

Square de L'Ile-de-France Garden

Situated within the Square de l'Ile de France on the Ile de la Cite, we took this photo looking over towards the Ile Saint Louis, yet in the foreground you can see a rose bed with a plaque dedicated to the French Resistance and the Deportation by Nazis, and behind this you can see a low wall, and although it is very hard to make out, there is writing etched in red, as this is the top part of the memorial crypt called the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation that was inaugurated by General Charles de Gaulle in April 1962.

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  -  Photos of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
  -  Photos of Square Jean XXIII
  -  Photos of Notre Dame Cathedral
  -  Photos of Pont de l'Archeveche

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