On a recent trip abroad, I finally made it to the Crypte Archaeologique du Parvis Notre-Dame. (I had tried several times on a trip before only to find it closed every time.) And I must say, it was possibly the best archaeology museum I've been to by far!
The museum is built around ruins underneath the plaza in front of Notre-Dame. They date from the earliest Roman settlements in Paris through the 19th century. The museum managed to give a run through of the entire history of the city based solely around features! And it had great digital 3D models you could zoom around in to see what things once looked like. What's a public archaeologist gal not to love?
(Note: The following photos and info are not in chronological order, but are based on the flow of the museum. Sorry if it confuses!)
With the rue Neuve Notre-Dame also came a business district. Many of the new houses had cellars that opened to the street and allowed residents to have shops in the homes. There's also a big well! Hanging is a historic photograph from the site's first excavation in the late 1800s.
Some of this old construction was salvaged during the construction of Notre-Dame Cathedral. On my next trip, I'll have to look a little closer at it's walls for evidence of this!
|My favorite sign! What a great sentiment, something that St. Augustine knows all about!|
Text and images by Emily Jane Murray, FPAN staff.