The rue de la Colombe tale

On the Île de la Cité, the rue de la Colombe (Dove Street) owes its name to a love story between two doves who lived here in the 13th century. 

colombe ile de la cite

At the n° 4 of the rue de la Colombe was a house in the 13th century where a sculptor who worked on the construction of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral lived with a couple of doves. One day, probably following a flood, the house collapsed, and the doves were trapped under the rubble. Only the male managed to escape.

Everyday, he took upon himself to feed his beloved, giving her seeds and water from the Seine. Moved by this romantic spectacle, the neighbors released the female.

The day of their reunion, the birds rose in the sky and made a dance to thank those who had saved them.

legende rue de la colombe paris

Another interesting thing to be seen rue de la Colombe is the outline of the first wall of Paris, raised in 276 during the great invasion of the Barbarians.

enceinte philippe auguste ile de la cite 

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