Ile de la Cité

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

It is on this island, Ile de la Cité (City Island), that the tribes of Parisii settled ; the town then became Lutetia before taking the name Paris in the 5th century (see "History of Paris"). From the 6th century onward, Clovis, the first king of the Franks, made this his place of residence ; his son would later build the first cathedral of Paris. The island remained the seat of royal power until the Capetian dynasty.

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