Major landmarks and monuments of Paris

 

Paris consistently figures in the top three favourite cities of the world to visit. This will come as no surprise to most people as its iconic monuments are among the most familiar in the world - but there is so much more to the city. Paris is actually what you make it!

 

It is ideal for a weekend break if you just want to experience the cities major sites - which are surprisingly easy to get around. It is perfect for a romantic break, ask anyone who has walked along the banks of the Seine on a spring evening and if its history and culture you are after, you will find it here by the barrow load.

 

The city is officially divided into 20 arrondissements or districts, which have their own unique features but like many modern international cities some of them have lost this due to the desire (and need) to market themselves to their visiting population rather than Parisians themselves.

 

We suggest if you have time to, try and seek out a little of the real Paris away from the hoards of tourists. That's not to say don't do the obvious things - you can't come to Paris and not!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Eiffel Tower

 

The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic monument of Paris with 7 million people still visiting this landmark every year. Difficult to miss while visiting this fine city.

 

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Notre Dame Cathedral

 

Notre Dame de Paris on the Ile de la Cite is a Gothic masterpiece which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It was celebrated by Victor Hugo's novel published in 1831

 

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 Pantheon

 

Originally designed as a basilica the Pantheon became a tomb for great men and women of Paris to be buried. People buried here include Victor Hugo, Voltaire and Marie Curie.

 

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Napoleon's Tomb

 

The Tomb of Napoleon sits within a circular crypt in the Eglise du Dome at Les Invalides. To accommodate the tomb, the church's high altar had to be redesigned in 1842.

 

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 Conciergerie

 

Once a royal palace and later a prison, the Conciergerie played a dark role in the French Revolution. It was where people were held prior to being taken to the guillotine.

 

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Mussee de l'Orangerie

 

The Musée de l'Orangerie in the Tuileries Gardens plays host to Claude Monet's Water Lilies plus masterpieces of modern art from Renoir to Picasso.

 

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Grand Palais

 

Built for the World Fair of 1900 the Grand Palais offers its visitors a range of staged events throughout the year plus is home to a science museum, the Palais de la Découverte.

 

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Pere Lachaise Cemetery

 

Perhaps one of the most famous cemeteries in the world it includes the graves of many of the world's greatest names in the arts, sciences, literature and history.

 

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Louvre

 

Probably the most famous museum in the world,the Musee du Louvre is a magnet for ‘culture vultures’ hoping to catch a glimpse Mona Lisa’s smile among other things.

 

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Arc de Triomphe

 

Sitting at the top of the Champs-Élysées at Place de l'Étoile the Arc de Triomphe is another iconic monument of Paris with great views from the top - if you can cope with the stairs..

 

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Sacré Coeur

 

The Basilique du Sacre-Coeur can be seen from virtually everywhere in Paris as it is located on the top of a hill in the Montmartre. The views from its steps are stunning day or night.

 

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Les Invalides

 

Hotel des Invalides was founded in 1671 by Louis XIV, the 'Sun King' to provide a home for disabled and impoverished war veterans. Today it houses the Musee de l’Armee.

 

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Opera - Palais Garnier

 

The Opéra Garnier, built from 1861 to 1875, is a monument designed with an opulence that still takes your breath away today. It was designed by Charles Garnier for Emperor Napoleon III.

 

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Musee d'Orsay

 

Located on the Left Bank of the River Seine, the Musee d’Orsay is a former railway station converted into a delightful museum in 1986 to house a fabulously diverse art collection.

 

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Petit Palais

 

The Petit Palais (opposite the Grand Palais) houses Paris’ Musée des Beaux-Arts which contains a rich diversity of sculptures, paintings, tapestries and other artworks.

 

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Moulin Rouge

 

Welcoming visitors to Paris since 1889 the Moulin Rouge,think cancan and Toulouse-Lautrec, continues to deliver its revues complete with glitz, glamour and girls.

 

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