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Dear TE Friends,
Many photos are taken of Notre-Dame and the city, the photographers neglect the kind monster who can be seen on the picture after all. Forty people took a photo of the famous thinking ape-like monster, his bird-like colleague stood about solitarily meanwhile. I introduce him with the wonderful view for the mood of the variety.
I wish you a beautiful day.

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The Ile de la Cité is one of two natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris (the other being Ile Saint-Louis, the Ile des Cygnes being artificial). It is the centre of Paris and the location where the medieval city was refounded. The western end has held a palace since Merovingian times, and its eastern end since the same period has been consecrated to religion, especially after the 10th century construction of a cathedral preceding today's Notre Dame. The land between the two was, until the 1850s, largely residential and commercial, but since has been filled by the city's Prefecture de Police (the building which can be seen on the left side, with a flag), Palais de Justice, Hôtel-Dieu hospital and Tribunal de Commerce (in the forefront right). Only the westernmost and northeastern extremities of the island remain residential today, and the latter preserves some vestiges of its 16th century canon's houses.

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Three medieval buildings remain on the Ile de la Cité:
- The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris (the picture from here prepared), built from 1163 on the site of a church dedicated to Saint Étienne, which in turn occupied a sacred pagan site of Roman times. During the French Revolution the cathedral was badly damaged, then restored by Viollet-le-Duc.
- Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle (onto the left visible towered building), built as a reliquary to house the Crown of Thorns and a piece of the True Cross, enclosed within the Palais de Justice.
- The Conciergerie prison, where Marie Antoinette awaited execution in 1793.
(Source: parisguide)

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