Mémorial des Martyrs
At the eastern tip of the Île de la Cité, down a couple of steps, is a well-hidden memorial dedicated to the memory of those deported from France to German concentration camps during World War II.
Appropriately situated in what was once a morgue, simple chambers are lined with 200,000 lights representing the 200,000 individuals that died at the hands of the Nazis. The 1960s design manages to be both beautiful and thought-provokingly bleak.
The black spiky sculpture and barred window, which looks out to the Seine, gives a feeling of imprisonment and claustrophobia. The poetry engraved on the walls of the chambers invites a moment of peaceful and spiritual reflection.
- Square de L'ële de France, ële de la Cit,
- +33 1 46 33 87 56
- Opening Times
- daily, 10am-noon, 2-7pm Apr- Sept; 10am-noon, 2-5pm Oct-Mar