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The Ile Saint-Louis: photo, description Ile Saint-Louis)

The Ile Saint-Louis is an oasis of calm in the middle of a bustling metropolis. Life here seems to have stopped. Eleven acres three thousand residents, no subway, offices, even police station. There are several direct narrow one-way streets, two bus stops, a Church, small shops, restaurants. Quiet, not crowded, respectable, old-fashioned, magically beautiful. Here live the very rich.

Who would in the early seventeenth century could believe that two small uninhabited island will turn into the neighborhood! The Islands belonged to the Notre-Dame de Paris. One was called Notre Dame, and one for the Isle of Cows. It was cows, here I come the duelists. This desolate place was one of the first in France examples of urban planning.

Urbanization of the Islands began in 1614 by decree of Louis XIII. Doing it engineer and entrepreneur Christophe Marie. He fell asleep in the canal, strengthened and raised embankments, built bridges. One still bears his name - the bridge Marie. Along the island was the main street of Saint-Louis-EN-l'isle, at a right angle to her crossed seven others.

The embankments were lined with charming mansions, most of them created by architects brothers Louis and Francois Le vot. Among the most famous mansion Lambert. Here lived Voltaire, Rousseau; later, when it was bought by an émigré Russian Prince Adam Czartoryski, the mansion became the center of Polish life in Paris. Here played Frederic Chopin, read poetry of Adam Mickiewicz. In the mansion lozno living writers Charles Baudelaire, Roger de Beauvoir, Theophile Gautier, Jean de La Fontaine, molière, Jean Racine.

In 1725, the island was given the name Saint-Louis - in honor of St. Louis IX, canonized by the Catholic Church. During the revolution of Saint-Louis was renamed the Isle of Brotherhood, the Church has been defiled. However, the name quickly returned, the Church was opened again. Now the island looks like it was conceived in the XVII century. Saint-Louis has retained the imprint of the time almost untouched.

Make this easy - the island can be explored on foot in half an hour. Stroll along the elegant promenades of Anjou, Bourbon, Orleans and Bethune, go to the Church of Saint-Louis-EN-l'ile with amazing interior in the Baroque style. And be sure to try the Gelato at the cafe "Bertie". There is likely to be a lot of people - "Bertie" one of the ten best ice cream shops in the world.