Cité (restored entry originally posted April 3, 2014)

I am so excited to be writing my “C” post. I did some searching around and was going to write about County Cork, Ireland. That is because my last name is Costello and I am of Irish heritage on one side of my family. County Cork is cool and all, but I need to write about something I am even more interested in. Naturally, I drifted to Paris. Then I drifted to metro stops. Alas, I saw the Cité metro stop and decided I should write about where this stop is located and what I recommend around Cité  There will be many C’s involved in this post. Come along. Chop, chop!

The Cité stop is located on the larger of the two islands situated in the Seine in Paris. Île de la Cité is the proper name of the this island. When you visit the Cité, you can stand on Kilometre Zero, the geographical center of Paris. This is where distances from other cities are measured. 

–Kilometre Zero (in front of Notre-Dame de Paris)

Kilometre Zero is located in front of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. I don’t think I have missed a quick run through on every trip I have taken to Paris. It is especially nice to visit on a rainy day as I learned on my last trip. When I am inside Notre-Dame, I try to take a moment and stop and just listen. Usually you hear the slow shuffles of all the tourists making their way around. Sometimes a mass is in progress and you can hear the sounds of the priest and respondents. At certain times confession might be in progress. Once I went with a group to listen to a Christmas concert. I also had a small gold crucifix for a necklace that I bought at Notre-Dame until thieves absconded with it and all my jewelry. I know I have spent a franc or euro to get a commemorative coin from a machine with the imprint of the cathedral on the front.

Not far from Notre-Dame is La Sainte-Chapelle (The Holy Chapel) and the Palais de Justice. Sainte-Chapelle, built to house King Louis IX’s Christ relics, is famous for the beautiful stained glass windows that sparkle when the sun is shining bright. I also liked the lower chapel with its blue ceiling of stars—it’s a little more cozy.

–upper chapel of Sainte-Chapelle

–lower chapel of Sainte-Chapelle

The Palais de Justice has some beautiful golden gates in the front. This building was a palace for the aforementioned Louis, and now is where justice is dispensed. Gendarmes abound this area not far from Notre-Dame and adjoining Sainte-Chapelle.

–Palais de Justice

One last important building to mention is that of Hôtel-Dieu or Hostel of God. This building dates from 660 A.D. and is still a working hospital with an emergency room. It was founded by St. Landry. You can read about the interesting history of this by clicking HERE.


Thanks for reading my “C” post and hopefully you learned a bit more about Paris and metro Cité. This station is still decorated in that wonderful art deco style:

–metro Cité

  2 comments for “Cité (restored entry originally posted April 3, 2014)

  1. Anonymous
    April 6, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I have been browsing your blog and came across a comment a couple of years ago on how much you like the Sharpe series on television and Bernard Cornwells books. One of the reason Bernard Corwell most likely chose the 95 rifles is that there are so many books written by ordinary soldiers and NCOs and officers of the 95 rifles that it gives him a good background to work from. You might not know however that one of the best of these books in by an Edward Costello and some of his adventures make Sharpe pale in comparison He also fought during the Waterloo campaign and served as an Mercenary officer during the Carlist Wars in Spain in the 1830s and finally ended up as a warder in the Tower of London here is a link to the book

    by the way there is also a photo of him would you believe on this Blog


    One of his officers who Costello knew well wrote one of the most funny books of the peninsular war and you can cross check many of the incidents in both books please enjoy

    We mustn’t forget the inimitable Sir Harry Smith also one of Costello’s officers but I will let you find out about that Gentleman you will not be disappointed


    Yorkshire miner

  2. April 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Dear Yorkshire Miner,

    Thank you so much for all the information and your comments!! I really appreciate your taking your time to share.

    I am familiar with Rifleman Costello. I even have his book, but alas, have not read it yet. I had no idea that he later became a warder!! Those pics of the men were fascinating. I will definitely research Harry Smith.

    Thanks again, YM!! You can see all my Sharpe posts and my interview with the actor who played Rifleman Harris if you just go to the upper left of the blog and search for Sharpe.

    Cheers, MDC

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