Paris Sights and Landmarks Guide, France
Paris has a very deep and rich history, most of its must-visit sights have a story to tell, and they are widely known all over the world.
Paris is a very compact place which makes it easy for tourists to walk through all the sites in a number of days.
Eiffel Tower This was built to commemorate the French Revolutions in 1889. Widely known around the globe, it was once the highest manmade structure until 1930 with a height of 300 meters. It’s worth 7000 tons of steels, requires 40 tons of paint and takes 1652 steps to reach the top and was built during a period of more than two years by hundreds of workers.
Arc de Triomphe This was built by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate victories and names of the Generals. It is the world’s largest traffic roundabout.
The Louvre This is most likely the most famous and celebrated museum in the world and the second largest. It houses most of the famous paintings known to man like the Mona Lisa.
Saint Chapelle This is located near Notre Dame. Though small, it is very famous due to its breathtaking stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. These features are assumed to be the most beautiful in the whole world.
Notre Dame Cathedral Reaching the top would give you amazing views of Paris and take a closer look with its famous gargoyles. It took over 180 years to build this cathedral.
Musee Picasso (Picasso Museum) The place holds most of Picasso’s works together with his own private art collection.
Paris Opera House This is the home of The Phantom of the Opera. It may be small but it is very famous in the city of Paris. Nowadays, it is being used as a venue for private functions or cultural shows.
Pere Lachaise It is the most famous Paris cemetery as it serves as an open park due to thousands of trees. Most famous Parisians are buried here like Chopin and Oscar Wilde.
Jardin du Luxembourg The largest park in Paris at 55 acres that features historic fountains and a few other activities.
The Latin Quarter During the early days, it used to be known as the area for university students but modern times converted it to become a hub of clubs, bars, cafes, and some bookshops that tourists will surely love.
Champs-Elysees This avenue is not in itself a historical site but tourists would be fond of the area having a lineup of expensive establishments.
Place de la Concorde Located along Seine River, it was constructed back in 1748 to hold an equestrian statue of Louis XV. This is considered to be one of the greatest achievements during the Enlightenment Period.
Paris Catacombs This location used to be limestone quarries, but was filled with the bones of millions of dead Parisians when the cemeteries became full. It’s an underground tunnel which also includes the metro’s sewage system.
Parks of Buttes-Chaumont and Bois de Boulogne These parks boast of various feasts of flowers and trees. Tourists can also enjoy activities in the park like bike rentals, swimming pools and cafes are strategically located as well.
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travel tip by erato posted more then 30 days ago
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travel tip by danpop posted more then 30 days ago
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