Parvis Notre-Dame – place Jean-Paul-II

Parvis Notre-Dame – place Jean-Paul-II is the official name of the square consisting of the parvise of Notre Dame de Paris on the Île de la Cité. It was known simply as the place du Parvis-Notre-Dame until 2006 when it was renamed in honour of Pope John Paul II who died in 2005. The change generated controversy.[1]

The parvis was originally much smaller and its current shape dates back to the extensive urban renewal plans of Baron Haussmann during the Second French Empire.[2]

Stones indicating the Kilometre Zero of the French highways

The square is also the location of France's Kilometre Zero which is indicated by a stone of the parvis.


  1. "La place de la discorde" (in French). L'Express. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  2. Jordan, David P (1995). Transforming Paris: the life and labors of Baron Haussmann. Simon and Schuster. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-02-916531-7.

Coordinates: 48°51′12.62″N 2°20′54.21″E / 48.8535056°N 2.3483917°E / 48.8535056; 2.3483917

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