Crypte archéologique du parvis de Notre-Dame Paris Paris Musées/Pierre Antoine

Archaeological Crypt of the île de la Cité

Under the monumental Notre-Dame Cathedral hides an astonishing archaeological site that allows you to visit Paris down through the ages.
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Description

Beneath the immense forecourt of Notre-Dame lies this remarkable archaeological site that allows visitors to relive life on the Île de la Cité, the historic heart of Paris, as it was 2,000 years ago. The largest crypt in Europe, the site presents discoveries made during digs that took place between 1965 and 1972, when preparations were underway to construct an underground car park on the site. While the focus is on Paris’s past, the technology on offer is resolutely modern: interactive maps, touch screens and 3-D animations aim to make history enjoyable for all the family.

Journey through the ages

Along the 200-metre-long crypt, you pass from Gallo-Roman antiquity to the 19th century via the Middle Ages, thanks to a suite of exceptional archaeological remains. You will discover the docking port of the Gallo-Roman city of Lutetia – the precursor to modern Paris, Gallo-Roman public baths, and a portion of the city wall dating from the early 4th century. Moving forward in time, you can see the basement of the former Hôtel Dieu Chapel, the remains of the Rue Neuve-Notre-Dame – dug in the 12th century to transport construction materials to the Cathedral, the foundations of the **Hospice des Enfants-Trouvés, or Hospice of Found Children, as well as traces ofHaussmannian sewers**. A veritable journey through time, the site gives a new perspective on Paris’s urban and architectural evolution.

TOP TIP: the visit of the archaeological crypt is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

Community facilities

Access and contact

7 parvis de Notre-Dame
Place Jean-Paul II
75004 Paris 4ème

Metro : Cité or Saint-Michel (Ligne 4) RER : Saint-Michel Notre-Dame (Ligne B et C)

Bus : 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 85 and 96

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year between 10 AM and 6 PM. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st and May 1st. Closing cash registers at 17:30.

Prices

  • 8 €
  • Adult: from 8 € Large family: 6 €.

    Free entry for children < 18 years. Group rate available for > 20 people.

    Included in the Paris Museum Pass.

Tour

Spoken languages

  • French

Documentation languages (home)

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Bulletin board languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Single mean time tour

60 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently
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Accessibility

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Access

Pratical informations

Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
  • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Parking
  • adapted access control to the car park
  • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
  • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
Accueil
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • the accessible entrance is the secondary entrance (indicated)
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • revolving entrance door
  • automatic entrance door
  • manual entrance door
Information
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
  • performance room with a reserved space
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • multimedia content access system
  • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
  • floor-level establishment
  • ergonomic furniture (weight and design of chairs)
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Escalier
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
  • elevator
Parking
  • visual intercom
  • adapted access control to the car park
Accueil
  • acceo: instant speech transcription and visio-interpretation in French sign language (LSF)
  • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
  • reservation possible by webcam
Information
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
Signalétique
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
Équipements
  • performance or tour assistance aids
  • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
  • intercom equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled audiovisuals
  • communication tools available at reception
  • visioguide with overlay in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled visioguide
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • independent visit possible
  • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
  • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
  • guided tours with lip reading
  • guided tours with an amplifying device
  • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
Extérieur
  • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
  • exterior pathways visually identifiable
  • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
Accueil
  • interior pathways identifiable by touch
  • interior pathways visually identifiable
  • possibility to leave guide dogs at reception
Équipements
  • audioguide with description elements
  • audioguide with guidance elements
  • Braille documentation
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • swell paper documentation
  • floor-level establishment
  • offset or no obstacles at face height
  • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
  • possibility to control the lighting
  • magnifying glass loan
  • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
  • audiodescription system
Ascenseur
  • elevator with audio announcements for each floor
  • elevator with identifiable call buttons
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
Extérieur
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
Information
  • brochures/documentations classified by topic
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
Signalétique
  • adapted signage
Visite
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • adapted room cards
  • specific tours
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
Information
  • secure and closed establishment
Vestiaire
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
  • provision of a microwave
  • baby carrier loan
  • pushchair loan
  • booster cushion
Visite
  • children's/family applications for the tour
  • audioguides with a children's circuit
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
  • visioguides with a children's circuit
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
  • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
Information
  • Offer adapted to seniors
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • ergonomic furniture (weight and design of chairs)
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)
Salle de restauration
  • ergonomic furniture (weight and design of chairs)

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