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Paris Travel Guide


One of the most famous cities of the world; Paris is all what you’ve imagined so far and more. This is where tourists, fashionistas, businessmen, artists and lovers all flock together throughout the year. The city of lights has something for everyone as the city is blessed with; splendid monuments, museums, art galleries, fashion stores, cafes and parks. As for the romantics, take a stroll along the Seine River with your beloved and you will fall in love, all over again. The modern Paris was developed under Napoleon in the 19th century. The city is sparkling enough, even in the night and time of your life is guaranteed here.

 

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS IN PARIS:

 

THE EIFFEL TOWER:

The most recognizable figure of Paris and France attracts about seven million visitors each year. It was built in the year 1889 by Gustav Eiffel to celebrate 100 years of French Revolution. The 301 meter tower was the tallest building at the time of its construction which took two years, two months and five days. The iron lady is illuminated every night with a whooping 20000 light bulbs. The option of 1665 steps and a lift both are available to climb the elusive, tower which offers splendid views of the city.

 

LOUVRE MUSEUM: 

One of the largest and most visited museums in the world, Louvre museum is home to the Leonardo da Vinci’s elusive painting ‘Mona Lisa’, sculpture of ‘Venus de Milo’ and other masterpieces from artists including; Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and others. The great museum is divided into 3 wings over four floors housing more than 35000 objects from the past 5 centuries.

 

THE NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL:

One of the most visited sites in Paris, the beautiful cathedral has been the religious Center of the city for centuries. The gothic masterpiece took more than 100 years to build and was finally finished in the early 14th century. The cathedral stands tall at 128 meters with two of its bell towers, both 69 meters long. Decorated with beautiful sculptures and stained glass windows, this place has some very old relics that should not be missed.

 

PERE LACHAISE CEMETERY:

Regarded as one of the most visited cemeteries not only in Paris, but in the world, the cemetery is the final resting place of some well known people including; Jim Morrison (the door front man), Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Camille Pissarro, Marcel Proust, Moliere, Max Ernst, Maria Callas and Sandra Bernhardt.

 

ORSAY MUSEUM (MUSÉE D’ORSAY):

The building which was originally a railway station built in 1900 is now the second most impressive museum in Paris. The art gallery features art exhibits of impressionist and post impressionist artists (1848-1914) including; Van Gogh, Cezanne, Degas and Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin.

 

SEINE RIVER:

It doesn’t matter if you’re in love or not, whether you have a partner to hold hands with; lying back in a boat and soaking in the most beautiful city and its main attractions, you will fall in love. The river runs 776 Kilometers through France and long-boat rides are available with commentary by passing attractions in various languages.

 

ARC DE TRIOMPHE (TRIUMPHAL ARCH):

It was constructed by the emperor Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate the soldiers who fought and died during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. The 50 meters tall figure is a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture and one of the most astounding sights in Paris. The arc designed by Jean Chalgrin is inscribed with the names of the generals who commanded Napoleon’s troops.

 

BASILIQUE DU SACRÉ-COEUR:

The basilica is dedicated to, the sacred heart of Jesus and is located on the top of Montmartre hill; the highest point of the city. More than 400 meters above the ground, the church shines in its pristine white glory. The Roman Catholic Church designed by Paul Abadie has been featured in many movies. It was finished in the year 1914 and church complex includes; a garden, fountain and more than 500 statues. The panoramic views of the city from the top of the dome are also unbeatable.

 

PALACE OF VERSAILLES:

When this palace was built in the 11th century, Versailles has been just a country village with the castle and the church of Saint Julien enclosed within. Located at a distance of 20 Kilometers southwest from Paris, this town has now become a wealthy suburb of Paris. The place has also been of political importance as King Louis XIV and Napoleon spent their summers here.

 

NEW BRIDGE:

The oldest bridge in Paris was built from 1578-1607 by King Henry III. The 232 meters long and 22 meters wide bridge was constructed because of the bad state of the other bridges and traffic hassles. The bridge also has an equestrian statue of King Henry IV.

 

CONCORDE SQUARE:

The big square in Paris is situated between the Tuileries and Champs-Elysees. The historic square used to have a large statue of King Louis XV which was then, replaced during the French revolution by a guillotine. 1119 people were beheaded here, including; King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and revolutionary Robespierre. The square has been renamed several times and highlights of which include 19th century Obelisk and two beautiful fountains.

 

JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG:

The most popular park in Paris is often packed with families, students, chess players, lovers, sprinters, tourists and locals. The park originally belonged to the Duke of Luxembourg and was purchased by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV in 1612. The garden of the palace contains; a large octagonal pond, puppet theatre, pony rides, merry-go-round, playground, statues, fountains. The palace now houses the French Senate.

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN PARIS:

Champs-Élysées, The Catacombs, Panthéon, Montmartre, Le Marais, Place des Vosges, Espace Dalí, PARC Mont Souris, Alexander III Bridge (Pont Alexandre III), Champ de Mars, Great Palace Paris, The National Residence of the Invalids, Bastille Square, Pompidou Center, City Hall Paris, La Sainte Chappell, Sorbonne University, Forum des Halles Shopping Center, Galeries Lafayette, Palais Garnier, Tuileries Garden, Moulin Rouge.