Paris Attractions

  • Eiffel Tower
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    Probably the best known landmark in Europe, the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and one of the city's must-see attractions. You can climb up the stairs or take the elevator after waiting in the (long) queue.
  • Louvre
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    One of the not-to-miss sights in Paris is the Louvre Museum, possibly the most famous museum in the world with a fabulous collection. It is housed in the Louvre Palace, once the residence of France's royal family.
  • Champs-Elysées
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    The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is the most prestigious and most famous street in Paris and possible in the whole world. It stretches all the way from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
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    The Notre Dame de Paris is one of the first Gothic cathedrals ever built. Construction started in 1163 and lasted for almost two decades. From the lookout at the north tower you have a great view over the city.
  • Arc de Triomphe
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    The Arc de Triomphe, located at the Place Charles de Gaulle commemorates Emperor Napoleon's victories. The arch was completed in 1836, long after Napoleon's reign had come to an end.
  • Sacré-Coeur
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    The Sacré Coeur is a basilica in Roman-Byzantine style located on top of the Montmartre hill. Construction started in 1875, but the building wasn't completed until 1914.
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
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    The Jardin du Luxembourg is probably the most popular park in Paris. It was created in the 17th century as a private park for Marie de Medici - wife of King Henry IV - and opened to the public in the 19th century.
  • Versailles Palace
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    What started as a modest hunting lodge was expanded into the world's most famous palace, a model for all future European palaces. The palace is located just 20km southwest of Paris.
  • Place de la Concorde
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    The Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris, connects the Tuileries with the Champs-Elysées. At its center is a 3200 years old obelisk, transported in the 19th century from Egypt.
  • Centre Pompidou
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    Centre Pompidou is a cultural center in the heart of historic Paris. The complex was built in 1977 by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. It includes a museum of modern art and a large library.
  • Louvre Pyramid
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    The Louvre Pyramid was built in the 1980s as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. The modern glass design forms a nice contrast with the historic architecture of the Louvre Palace.
  • Musée d'Orsay
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    The Orsay Museum is housed in a grand railway station built in 1900 along the Seine River. Home to many sculptures and impressionist paintings it has become one of Paris's most popular museums.
  • Montmartre
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    Despite the many tourists here, Montmartre - once Paris's artist's enclave - has managed to keep a charming and village-like atmosphere. The most famous attraction in this area is the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
  • La Défense
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    La Défense is the prime high-rise office district of Paris. Many of Paris's tallest buildings can be found here as well a modern version of the Arc de Triomphe: the Grande Arche de la Défense.
  • Jardin des Tuileries
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    The Jardin des Tuileries is a popular park in French formal style situated between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde The garden features numerous sculptures as well as a couple of museums.
  • Opéra de Paris Garnier
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    Now known as the Palais Garnier, this opulent building in Second Empire baroque style was constructed between 1862 and 1875 as one of the grandest opera houses ever built.
  • Hôtel des Invalides
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    The Hôtel des Invalides is an immense 17th century complex originally built to accommodate war veterans. It is now home to several museums, including a large military museum.
  • Pont Neuf
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    The Pont Neuf is the oldest and most famous bridge in Paris. The bridge was commissioned in the 16th century by King Henry IV. When it opened in 1607 it was the only bridge in Paris without houses built on it.
  • Panthéon
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    The Panthéon, a 19th century building, was first designed as a church, but later turned into a civil temple. Its crypt contains the vaults of several of France's famous countrymen.
  • Moulin Rouge
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    Ever since it opened in 1889 as a 'temple of music and dance', Moulin Rouge has set the standard as the world's most famous cabaret. Today its show attracts visitors from across the world.
  • Place des Vosges
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    The Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. All buildings bordering the square have the same red-brick facade. One of the houses surrounding the magnificent square is home to the Victor Hugo Museum.
  • Place de la Bastille
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    This square was the location of the Bastille stronghold, which was stormed on July 14, 1789, triggering the start of the French Revolution. The stronghold was demolished and an enormous opera house now dominates the square.
  • Grande Arche de la Défense
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    The Grande Arche de la Défense was built at the end of the 20th century as a modern version of the Arc de Triomphe. It is the centerpiece of La Défense, the main business district of Paris.
  • Pont Alexandre III
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    The Pont Alexandre III is the most ornamented and most popular bridge in Paris. The beautiful bridge, designed by Résal and Alby at the end of the 19th century consist of a single 107m long span.
  • Passages & Galeries
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    By the mid 19th century, numerous covered passages and galeries - precursors of today's shopping malls - were created in Paris. About 20 of these survived, many of which have been beautifully restored.
  • Sainte-Chapelle
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    This chapel was built in 1248 by King Louis IX at the Île de la Cité to store important religious relics. The magnificent chapel in Gothic style is a masterpiece of medieval architecture.
  • Madeleine
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    The Madeleine is a church built as a Greek temple. The enormous building, surrounded by 52 Corinthian columns, is one of Paris's best known monuments thanks in part to its prominent location.
  • Palais Royal
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    The Palais Royal is a palace built by Cardinal Richelieu in 1629. King Louis XIV - later known as the Sun King - spent his youth in this palace before moving to the Louvre. The central courtyard and garden can be visited free of charge.
  • Place Vendôme
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    The Place Vendôme is Paris's most prestigious square. The tall bronze column at its center honors Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. The column is topped by a statue of the emperor.
  • Dôme des Invalides
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    Built as King Louis XIV's private chapel, this magnificent building now houses the tombs of several prominent French historic figures, most notably that of Emperor Napoleon I.
  • Galeries Lafayette
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    The Galeries Lafayette at boulevard Haussmann is the most famous of several impressive department stores in Paris. The store has a magnificent glass dome, built in the early 20th century.
  • Grand Palais
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    The Grand Palais was built near the Champs-Elysées as an exposition hall for the World Fair of 1900. The structure features art-nouveau ironwork and an enormous glass-domed roof.
  • Hôtel de Ville
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    The Hôtel de Ville - City Hall - is a beautiful 19th century building in Renaissance style, modeled after the original 16th century building. It is located at the Place de Grève, near the Seine river.
  • Palais de Chaillot
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    This modernist complex was built for the World Fair of 1937. It houses several museums, an aquarium and a theater. From the esplanade you have a great view of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Conciergerie
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    Once part of a royal palace, this medieval building was used as a prison for more than 500 years. During the revolution, important prisoners were often held here before they were led to the guillotine.
  • Champ de Mars
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    Named for the Roman god of war, Champ de Mars is a long stretch of grass bordered by laid-out gardens. The park is the site of Paris's most famous icon, the Eiffel Tower.
  • Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
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    The Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is one of the world's most famous and most-visited cemeteries. A long list of famous people are buried here, from Rossini and Sarah Bernhardt to Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison.
  • Ile de la Cité
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    One of two central islands in the Seine River, this is considered the heart of Paris. First settled in the 3rd century B.C., the island now has some magnificent sights such as the Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle.
  • Arc du Carrousel
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    The Arc du Carrousel is the smallest of three arches on the triumphal way between the Louvre Museum and La Défense. The top of the arch originally featured four gilded horses taken from St. Mark's Square in Venice.
  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
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    The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a very unusual park situated in the 19th arrondissement. The park is located on a rocky hill and features a 30m (100ft) waterfall, steep hills and a 'suicide bridge'.
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés
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    Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in Paris and its roots go back to 512AD, when it was founded as a basilica. The church is at the center of a popular quarter of the same name.
  • Forum des Halles
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    A Combination of a large green square with an underground shopping center and movie theater, the Forum des Halles sits on land that for centuries was home to Paris’ central marketplace.
  • Jardin des Plantes
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    This botanical garden was founded in 1626 as a medical garden and opened to the public in 1650. The garden is also home to a small zoo and the city's Natural History Museum.
  • Rodin Museum
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    This museum is dedicated to France's most famous sculptor Auguste Rodin, known for famous works such as The Thinker and The Kiss. The museum is housed in a mansion where Rodin once lived and worked.
  • Parc Monceau
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    Parc Monceau, created in the 18th century by the Duke of Orleans, is one of Paris's most attractive parks. It features beautiful flowerbeds, many statues, a series of corinthian columns and even a pyramid.
  • Tour Montparnasse
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    The Montparnasse Tower, built in 1973, was one of the first tall skyscrapers in Paris. After completion, the tower was seen as an intrusion of the skyline. The public outcry halted construction of skyscrapers in the historic center.
  • Stravinsky Fountain
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    The Stravinsky Fountain is a modern fountain in Paris, created in 1983 as an hommage to the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The fountain is popular thanks to its quirky kinetic sculptures.
  • Promenade Plantée
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    The world's first elevated park was created in the early 1990s on an abandoned elevated railway viaduct. It has been imitated by several cities, most notably New York.
  • Parc de la Villette
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    This large park in the north of Paris is home to the city's Science Museum as well as several concert halls. The park - bisected by a canal - has a very open layout with large grassy areas and several themed gardens.
  • Petit Palais
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    The Petit Palais (small palace) was built as a temporary structure for the World Fair of 1900. The magnificent Beaux-Arts building housed a large exposition of French Art. Today it is home to the Museum of Fine Arts.
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