Île de la Cité
iPad Pro digital platform
100% hand drawn
A1 original size
2020/03 - 2020/04
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu AP-HP
Préfecture de Police
Palais de Justice de Paris
Greffe du Tribunal de commerce de Paris
Cour de Cassation
Ordre des Avocats
à la Cour de Paris
Fontaine de la Vierge
Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation
Bureau des Naturalisations de la Préfecture de Police
Point zéro des routes de France
Île de la Cité
The Île de la Cité is one of two remaining natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris (the other being the Île Saint-Louis). It is the centre of Paris and the location where the medieval city was refounded.
As of 2013, the island's population was 981. The Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation, a memorial to the 200,000 people deported from Vichy France to the Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War, is located at the upriver end of the island.
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 has since been filled by the city's Prefecture de Police, Palais de Justice, Hôtel-Dieu hospital, and Tribunal de commerce. 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.