15 Best Places To Visit In Paris, France
Paris is a world-renowned city with countless attractions, making it a place that is definitely worth visiting. Paris is a place rich with romance, style and culture. It’s no wonder that endless waves of tourist flow into the city. However, because of the many choices, planning what to visit may be confusing at times. If this sounds like you, then you have come to the right place as we have enumerated the top 15 “must-visit” places while in Paris.
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The Musee De Louvre is recognized by many by its other name – The Louvre. This tourist spot is once part of the Royal Palace, then turned into a museum. If you have the slightest fondness for art, then this is a must visit. The Louvre houses many famous works of art, such as the Venus Of Milo and Mona Lisa, making it one of the most important museums in the world, also one of the largest. The Louvre is situated at the heart of Paris, specifically in the 1st arrondissement within the Louvre Palace.
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Most famous cities in the world have their iconic structure and for Paris, it’s the Eiffel Tower. The tower is so high that you could see it from any rooftop in Paris. It stands at a height of 300 meters. The structure was completed by the end of the 19th century. At that time, it was the tallest structure in the world, almost doubling the height of the famous Washington Monument.
One of the most famous avenues in Paris, and perhaps the world, is the Champs-Elysées. It’s the site of the famous Arc de Triomphe. The avenue stretches from Place Charles de Gaulle to Place the la Concorde. This avenue is loved by almost all Parisians and this is where they celebrate any major events like New Year’s Eve, 14th Of July, Liberation and even World Cup victories.
If many travelers consider The Louvre as the most splendid museum, then Musee d’Orsay comes second. The museum is located at the Seine, housed in a structure that is converted from a Railway Station. The museum is famous for the many paintings and sculptures from artist who have a great eye for detail. Also, the museum houses some of the best artworks from impressionist and post-impressionist. In fact, there is no other place in the world where you can find works from Monet, Cezanne, Renoir and Degas housed under a single roof.
Many historians would consider that Notre Dame Cathedral is the cradle of Paris, on top of being a religious center for many Parisians. Notre Dame Cathedra, a gothic masterpiece, is located at the heart of the city; specifically on a very small island known as Île de la Cité. Notre Dame Cathedral serves as a major landmark, source of inspiration and a witness to the history of Paris, making it a “must-visit” while you are visiting the city.
At the border of 17th, 8th and 16th arrondissement and middle of Place Charles de Gaulle is where you can find the Arc de Triomphe, which translates to Arc Of Triump. This arc is probably the most-famous in the world and it was Napoleon who commission its construction in 1806. However, Napoleon was ousted before the completion of the Arc. It was during the time of Louis-Philippe’s reign that the arc was finished in 1836. The arch features the engraved names of the generals that stood with Napoleon in his regime.
At the highest point of Paris, which is Montmartre Hill, stands the famous Sacré-Coeur Basilica. With its architecture and location, it draws thousands of visitors from around the world. However, many would say that this recognizable landmark’s true beauty is the story behind its construction, which is heart-grabbing to say the least.
If you are looking for the cultural heart of Paris, then perhaps the place to be is Centre Pompidou. The entire complex was designed by Richard Rogers and Renz Piano in 1977. Nowadays, it houses a large library and a museum of modern art. The square situated at the very front of Centre Pompidou is known as Place Beaubourg, which is very popular for many tourists for the numerous entertainers that liven-up the place. While visiting the square you can find mimes, jugglers and other street performers.
Interestingly enough, Versailles Palace started as a mere hunting lodge. It was then transformed into a world-famous palace, which became a model for many of the palaces in Europe. Versailles Palace is located southwest of Paris, a mere 20km road travel. The palace is stunning to say the least and it’s a testimony to Sun King’s extravagance. Furthermore, the palace features a magnificent and elaborate garden, which also became a staple for many future palaces of Europe.
Many Parisians consider the Jardin du Luxembourg as the most famous park in all of Paris. It was King Henry IV that ordered of its construction and it was all dedicated to his wife, Marie de Medici. It was originally intended to be a private park, but it was opened to the public in the 19th century.
The largest square in the whole of Paris is claimed by Place de la Concorde. The square is located between the Champs-Elysées and the Tuileries. At the center of the square, you will find a large obelisk, which roughly is 3200 years old. The obelisk was originally from Egypt and was transported to Paris during the 19th century. The obelisk is also called as ‘L’aiguille de Cléopâtre’, which translates to Cleopatra’s needle. Also, the obelisk features hieroglyphic engravings that portray the reigns the Egyptian Pharaohs – Ramses II and Ramses III.
Despite Paris’ rich historic culture, the La Défense is the face of modern Paris. It’s busy and futuristic, just like any kind of modern district. During the night, the lights will simply hypnotize and dazzle you. The La Défense is the home of Paris’ tallest buildings, as well as the modern version of the Arc of Triumph, the Grande Arche de la Defense. The La Défense features many budget eateries, especially at rue de Bezons and 4 temps, that opens until midnight. For shoppers, the place to be is at “Qatre Temps” while at the La Défense.
This famous landmark is situated at the front of the Louvre and it was meant to greet the people visiting the museum. Interestingly, the modern glass structure, shaped as a pyramid, provides a contrast to the historic aura of The Louvre. The structure was built during the 1980’s and its now a landmark of Paris on its own.
Nowadays, Opéra de Paris Garnier is now recognized as Palais Garnier. Opéra de Paris Garnier was constructed between 1862 and 1875 and it features 2nd Empire Baroque design and style. At the time, it was the grandest of all the opera houses. Nowadays, the Opéra de Paris Garnier is a historic monument of the days where stage opera and dancing rule supreme. While visiting the main auditorium, do not forget to look up and admire Chagall’s paintings on the ceiling.
Crypte Archeologique is one of the best-hidden gems of Paris and it’s more of an underground museum for the times of Roman Paris. Interestingly, this roman ruins sit directly below Notre Dame.
Paris is a city full of romance, culture and history. If you have little idea on which toursist spots to visit while at Paris, then you could start your visit at Musee De Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Centre Pompidou, Versailles Palace, Jardin du Luxembourg, Place de la Concorde, La Défense, Louvre Pyramid, Opéra de Paris Garnier and Crypte Archeologique.