Paris, is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and it is also said to be the city of light and the city of love. Paris is the capital of France and the largest city of the country.
It is known for its charming streets, for the museums, for the cathedrals, for the good food, art, architecture, music and more. For example…
1. Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris (French for Our Lady of Paris)
This is a Roman Catholic Cathedral built in the French Gothic style. It is 128 metres (420ft) long and 69 metres (226ft) tall. It is one of the largest and most famous church buildings in the world. You can visit the Cathedral, which is also considered one of the finest examples of the French Gothic architecture, between 10:00 to 18:30 from the first day of April until the last day of September, but also from 10:00 to 17:30 in the rest of the year. It is closed on the 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.
2. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sacre Coeur)
Sacre Coeur is a Roman Catholic church, completed in 1914. It is 83 metres high (272ft) and it was built from travertine stone in the Romano-Byzantine architectural style. The basilica is located at the summit of the Montmartre mound, the highest point in Paris.
Is a 130 metres high hill in Paris and in my opinion is the most romantic place in Paris, even though it is hard to choose a “most romantic place” in a city where everything is romantic. The best thing to do here is have dinner outside, because if you sit inside you will miss the charm of the lively streets, watch people come and go while you enjoy a glass of wine, and look at the painters in front of you while they work. This will make you feel like an authentic Parisian and you can have dinner like this anywhere in the city, because it is something that the French enjoy as well, not only the tourists.
4. The Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre)
It is one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. You can find it on the Right Bank of the Seine River and admire the nearly 35.000 pieces of art present in the museum, housed by the Louvre Palace. When it was built in the 12th century by Phillip II, the original purpose of the building was to be a fortress. Nowadays, only the ruins of the fortress are left and you can have a look at them in the basement of the museum.The construction suffered modifications over the years and it had different purposes, but in 1682, king Louis XIV decided to use the palace as a gallery where to expose the royal art collection. Famous leaders of the country contributed to the collection which grew from 537 paintings in 1793 when the Louvre Museum was opened, to the actual number of art pieces it hosts today.
5. Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay)
The museum located on the left bank of the Seine river was established in 1986 and it is housed by Gare d’Orsay, built between 1898 and 1900. The building was initially a railway station, but you will see that it does not look like the common type of station. It was a Beaux-Arts station, which represents the neoclassical architectural style tought at the school of Beaux Arts (Beautiful Arts) in Paris. At this museum you can admire mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915. Orsay Museum is closed on Mondays and it is also closed on the 1st of May and 25th of December. Appart from that, you can visit it any other day from 9:30 to 18:00 and it is opened until 21:45 on Thursdays. The prices for the tickets vary between 0€ and 11€ depending on age.
6. The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)
The iron lattice tower became a symbol for Paris, even though in 1889 when it was completed, it was criticized by some of the French artists and intellectuals. It was built to celebrate 100 years since the French Revolution and it was named after the engineer whose company built the tower, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. It is the tallest building in France, measuring 324 metres (1,063 ft) in height. You can visit the tower any day of the year. The opening times are between 9:00 to 00:00 from the middle of June until early September and from 9:30 to 23:00 in the rest of the year. Be careful though, you can only buy tickets for the top until 21:30 and for the 1st and 2nd floors until 22:00. Prices vary from 0€ (for children under 4 years) to 17€, depending on you age and the floor you want to go to.
7. The Triumphal Arch (Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile)
It is located between Charles de Gaulle and Champs-Élysées. The arch was built in the honor of those who fought in the French Revolutionary, a series of battles which resulted from the French Revolution and in the Napoleonic Wars. The names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on the arch and underneath it, lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. You can visit The Triumphal Arch from 10:00 to 23:00 between April and September, and from 10:00 to 10:30 between October and March.
8. Centre Georges Pompidu (Centre Pompidou)
The building was built between 1971 and 1977 in high-tech design style. It is a famous cultural and leisure centre which houses the public library, the National Museum of Modern Art and the Music and Acoustic Institute for Research and Coordination . You can easily get there with the underground metro system (the closest stations are Rambuteau and Les Halles).
Other things to do&see in Paris
Go to the opera
Visit the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardins du Luxembourg)
Garnier Palace (Palais Garnier)
Have a walk on Champs-Élysée.
See the Orangerie Museum (Museé de l’Orangerie)
Visit the Picasso Museum (Museé Picasso)
See&Do near Paris:
Visit the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles)
Have a fun day at Disneyland Paris.
Visit the Palace of Fontainebleau (Château de Fontainebleau) – guys, this place is amazing. Subscribe to my blog to get notified when the article about Château de Fontainebleau is published.
Tips: For the museums, The Triumphal Arch and The Eiffel Tower, it is recommended to buy tickets online, to avoid the queues which can even last for about an hour or an hour and a half, depending on when you visit. Have an ID with you because in some museums you can get discount or free entry, depending on where you come from and what age you have.
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