Crypte Archeologique (Paris)

Crypte Archeologique



Plaza du Parvis Notre- Dame

Tel. 01 55 42 50 10

Subway: Cite

Open: Tue- Sun: 10am- 6pm   Closed: 1 May, 1&11 Nov, 25 Dec, 1 Jan


Description of Crypte Archeologique

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Ancient ruins of Crypte Archeologique or archaeological crypt are located just in front of the Notre Dame cathedral underground. Ruins date back to the time then Romans conquered the Celtic tribe of Parisii 2000 years ago. This tribe also gave the name to the French capital.


The Crypte Archeologique is located directly opposite the front of the cathedral of Notre Dame, in Paris. To enter it you have to enter through an access located in the Place du Parvis of Notre-Dame 1, with the appearance of the mouth of the Metro, which despite being in such a busy area is not very well marked. This entrance is located next to the Prefecture of Police of that area.

The Crypte Archeologique of the Place de Notre-Dame in Paris contains vestiges of numerous eras, from Antiquity (Gallo-Roman rooms), passing through the Middle Ages (medieval remains of Neuve Notre-Dame street) and reaching the 19th century ( foundations of the Hospicio des Enfants-Trouvés, layout of the Haussmannian sewers) Numerous excavation campaigns have been carried out in this area, two of which stand out, since they left outstanding remains of the Roman and Early Medieval periods: the first in 1847, was directed by Professor Théodore Vacquer (with whom rediscovers ancient Paris), and the second from 1965 to 1967, by Michel Fleury (Vice President of the Commission du Vieux Paris and then director of historical Antiquities of the Île-de-France region).

From the High Roman Empire various vestiges of the habitat areas are preserved, a bronze statue of the god Génius was found, sectors of the dock and bridge of Lutetia, as well as an important buttress (which has not yet been given an interpretation). The traces of the foundation of a defensive wall erected in the 4th century AD were discovered here. Archeologists also discovered a treasure underneath these walls with more than 800 coins.

The constructions of the High Middle Ages are represented by the foundations of a large building with the shape of a basilica, which has no less than five naves. These vestiges have been interpreted as the basilica of Saint-Etienne. This was built, it seems, in the 6th century by Childebert I, son of Clovis I. It measures no less than 36 meters long and another 70 meters high, dimensions that show that it was one of the largest churches in the Gaul.