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.
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.
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.
- ↑ "La place de la discorde" (in French). L'Express. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
- ↑ 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