What to see in Paris

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Eiffel Tower

A city symbol around the world

No building better symbolizes Paris than the Tour Eiffel. Maupassant claimed he left Paris because of it, William Morris visited daily to avoid having to see it from afar – and it was originally meant to be a...

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Musee du Louvre

Originally a palace, converted into a museum in 1793

Much like the building itself, the Musee du Louvre's collections were built up over the centuries. They encompass a rich visual history of the western world, from Ancient Egypt and...

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Notre Dame

Roman Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité

The Notre Dame is a must see for Paris newbies, but it's still a local's favorite too. The beautiful cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic...

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Arc de Triomphe

Still celebrating Bonaparte

Napoleon ordered the Arc de Triomphe's construction in 1809 as a monument to the achievements of his armies, but his empire began to collapse almost immediately; the arch was completed only in 1836....

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Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Simply grandiose

The Champs-Elysées is a paradox – traffic-laden and lined with cinemas and car showrooms it may be, yet the perspective between Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe is undeniably grandiose.

Business and...

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Parc de Bagatelle

Don't miss the rose garden

Parc de Bagatelle is a park located in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, and one of the four divisions of the botanical garden of the city of Paris. Notable here, the rose garden, which boasts over 1200...

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Quai de Bourbon

A picnic on the quai

The Quai de Bourbon was built in between 1614 and 1646, and named for the royal family Bourbon. Named the 'Dock of the Republic' between 1792 and 1814, the quai is one of the favorite places for locals to stroll and to...

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Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur)

A place of worship from early days to present times

Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur) is a fine example of some of the most spectacular architecture in Paris. It is located on the hill of Montmartre and rises a spectacular...

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Berges de Seine

The new banks along the Seine

A project launched at the initiative of the city of Paris, the Berges de Seine transform the urban landscape over 2.3 km along the left bank of the Seine, connecting 5 major bridges of Paris, from Musée...

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Sacré Coeur

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris

Work on this enormous mock Romano-Byzantine edifice began in 1877. It was commissioned after the nation's defeat by Prussia in 1870, voted for by the Assemblée Nationale and built from...

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Musée d'Orsay

Housed in the former railway station, the Gare d'Orsa

The Musée d'Orsay follows a chronological route, from the ground floor to the upper level and then to the mezzanine, showing links between Impressionist painters and their forerunners....

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Montparnasse Tower

Experience the best view of Paris around

Perhaps one of the most thrilling viewpoints of Paris can be seen from Montparnasse Tower where visitors can experience the sites from an altitude of 196m on the 56th floor. If that’s not quite...

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Montmartre area

A favorite neighborhood

Clustered on Paris's tallest hill around the sugary white Sacré Coeur, Montmartre is famous for its cabarets (Moulin Rouge, Le Chat noir, Lapin Agile) and bistros, and its narrow streets and stairways. The...

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Jardin des Tuileries

One of Paris's most visited gardens

Between the Louvre and place de la Concorde, the gravelled alleyways of Jardin des Tuileries have been a chic promenade ever since they opened to the public in the 16th century; and the popular mood...

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Hotel de Ville

The current location of Paris's City Hall

The Hotel de Ville is the current location for Paris’s City Hall, and has been the location of the municipality of Paris since 1357. This grand square sports gorgeous fountains and early-1900’s...

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Jardin du Luxembourg

Near the Sorbonne University

The 25-hectare park where an impoverished Ernest Hemingway staved off hunger by catching pigeons is a prized family attraction. Kids come from across the city for its pony rides, ice-cream stands, puppet shows,...

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Musée National d'Art Moderne (Centre Pompidou)

A very daring art museum

The building is from the 1930's, but the Centre Pompidou was only reopened as recently as 2006. This is the place to experience Cubists, Rouault, Soutine, van Dongen, and so many stunning works by Paris artists.

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Place de la Concorde

A town sqaure full of impressive structures and rich with history

The Place de la Concorde is the largest square in the French capital in terms of square feet. It was designed in 1755 by Ange-Jacques Gabriel and is an octagon area that...

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La Madeleine

Temple to the glory of Napoleon's army

L'Église de la Madeleine was designed as a classical temple to the glory of Napoleon's army. Built in Neo-Classical style, the church has 52 Corinthian columns, each 20 meters high.

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Le Marais

A beautiful and historic district in Paris

One would never know that the piece of earth Le Marais is located on was at one time a swamp. Before the French Revolution it was a center of high culture until it fell into great disrepair. ...

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Hôtel Gaillard

Historic landmark, and future museum complex

Inspired by the stunning architecture of Château de Blois and Château de Gien, Hôtel Gaillard is one of Jules Février's masterpieces. The building, erected between 1878 and 1882 was designed...

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Cathédrale Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky de Paris

An Orthodox church you must see

The Cathédrale Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky de Paris (Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Paris) is a Russian Orthodox church, and the first permanent place of worship for the Russian Orthodox community in...

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Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre

One of the oldest churches in Paris

Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, a Melkite Greek Catholic Church, can be found on the left bank of the Seine, in the Latin Quarter. The church is one of the oldest in Paris, built between 1170 and...

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Église Saint-Séverin

One of the oldest Gothic churches of Paris

Église Saint-Séverin is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Latin Quarter of Paris. The church was initially built in Romanesque style in the XI century, but was destroyed by the Vikings, and...

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Église Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois

Flamboyant Gothic church

Église Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois (Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois) is located on the southeast side of the Place du Louvre, facing the colonnade of the Louvre. The first church on this site was destroyed during...

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Tour Saint-Jacques

Flamboyant Gothic tower

Tour Saint-Jacques is the only remnant of the church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, which had a relic of St. Jacques and was a famous place of pilgrimage. The tower stands isolated in the middle of the first-ever...

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Parc André-Citroën

Beautiful park on the Seine

Parc André-Citroën is a public garden located on the grounds of the former Citroën factory, hence the name. Designed and landscaped by Gilles Clément, Allain Provost, Patrick Berger, Jean-François Jodry and...

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Parc Georges-Brassens

Scenic, educational park

Parc Georges-Brassens is a beautiful green space in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. It is located on the site of the former Vaugirard slaughterhouse. The park opened in 1985, and stretches over more than 8...

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Les Invalides

The military might of two great megalomaniacs

The splendid baroque ensemble of Les Invalides was built by Louis XIV as a military hospital and remains a magnificent symbol of royal prestige.

Much of the complex is now taken up by...

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Rue des Trois Frères

Amelie's favorite

The Rue des Trois Frères plays an important role in the movie Amélie. You will find her grocery store, La Maison Colignon, on number number 56. The store still exists and the owner kept the sign there. He also sells...

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Lamarck – Caulaincourt metro

Amélie's station

The Lamarck – Caulaincourt metro station is a beautiful station with a double staircase. This is where Amélie leads a blind man when she's on her way to her lover.

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Sainte-Chapelle

A masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic architecture built by Saint Louis

Devout King Louis IX (St Louis, 1226-70) had a hobby of accumulating holy relics (and children: he fathered 11). In the 1240s he bought what was advertised as the Crown...

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Les Catacombes

Famous underground ossuary

By the mid 1780s, Paris's largest cemetery near Les Halles had become so dangerous and insalubrious that it was closed by royal decree. Bones were to be transferred to a disused subterranean quarry beneath what...

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Champ de Mars

More than tribute to the Roman god of war

With its 24.5 hectares, Champ de Mars is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. The park is a popular promenade place for tourists and locals alike, but it is also recommended for sporting...

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Musee Rodin

Rodin's works under one roof

Musee Rodin occupies the hôtel particulier where the sculptor lived in the final years of his life. The Kiss, the Cathedral, the Walking Man, portrait busts and early terracottas are exhibited indoors, as are...

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Jardin des Plantes

The largest botanical garden in France

The Jardin des Plantes is one of seven branches of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle and is the main botanical garden in France. Founded in 1626, it was originally known as the Jardin du Roi....

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Stade de France

Home of the France national teams

Stade de France is the national stadium of France. The all-seater stadium has a capacity of some 75,000, which makes it the sixth largest stadium in Europe. The France national football team and French...

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Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

A Century old museum focusing on French art

The Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais is one of Paris’ most popular venues because of its very distinctive architectural construction. It was built over 100 years ago when Paris was host to...

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Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Paris district rich in history, architecture and inspiration

Few places have inspired people in Paris more than Saint-Germain-des-Pres. It is a lovely little district that’s located on the Left Bank, across the Seine from the Tuileries. ...

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Montmartre Cemetery (Cimetiere Montmartre)

A beautiful and artistic cemetery

Montmartre Cemetery (Cimetiere Montmartre) is a famous cemetery located in Montmartre, one of the most artistic areas of Paris. Maps are conveniently located inside the front gate to help visitors see all...