A group of construction workers discovered a medieval graveyard below a supermarket in the second administrative district of Paris a couple of years ago. That sparked renewed interests on the historical roots of the City of Lights, especially the city that existed during the Middle Ages. In fact, you need not be a historian or an archeologist to unearth the attractions to have lasted through the medieval Paris to till date, but be a common man with a curiosity for the Indiana Jones kind of stuff. The below tourist attractions are a few places where you can learn a lot about the history of Paris.
The Musée du Louvre
The former Louvre Palace turned National Museum serves as a throwback to the city once existed during the 12th Century. In fact, the fortified palace of the Medieval times was constructed to safeguard the French capital from invasions that came from the North. When on Louvre Museum tours, you can still see the ramparts and foundations of a former tower at its room number 7, in particular. It is interesting to see these defensive walls, especially in today’s times driven by technological innovations. Even the Musée du Louvre uses digital displays in-house, and publishes some of its collections online.
This Roman Catholic cathedral adjacent to Place du Louvre in the 1st arrondissement of Paris used to be a parish church situated to the outskirts of the city, and one that served some native parishioners only. In fact, Robert II of France founded a larger church than that during the 11th Century, which got renovated across the 4 centuries since then. After the Medieval Period, this church was neglected for years, and served as a storehouse and a police station.
Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Abbreviated as the Benedictine abbey, it was founded during the 6th Century by King Clovis’s son, Childebert. It was actually constructed to house the True Cross’s relic, and was expanded centuries later to include the abbey as well as a bell tower. What visitors get to see nowadays though, comprising the bell tower that trace back to the 11th Century, are remains of the former abbey that stood in its place back then. The French Revolution played in a part in the demolition of the abbey’s compound nearby Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro.