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A panorama of the Seine as seen from Île Saint-Louis.

The Île Saint-Louis is one of two natural islands in the Seine river, in Paris, the other being Île de la Cité. The island is named after King Louis IX of France (Saint Louis).

The island is connected to the rest of Paris by bridges to both banks of the river and by the Pont Saint-Louis to the Île de la Cité. The island was formerly used for the grazing of market cattle and stocking wood.

One of France's first examples of urban planning, it was mapped and built from end to end during the 17th-century reigns of Henri IV and Louis XIII. A peaceful oasis of calm in the centre of Paris, the island has only narrow one-way streets, no métro stations and just two bus stops. Most of the island is residential, but there are a number of restaurants, shops, cafés and bars at street level. There is one large church, Saint-Louis-en-l'Île Church.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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