For over 20 centuries, the city of Paris has thrived and continued to be a major tourist city in the world. The city serves as the capital of France and is known by other interesting names including city of lights and city of love.
Irrespective of your interest, the city of Paris is sure to exceed your expectations as it features a lot of leading center in the world for culture, art, entertainment, fashion and business amongst others. Furthermore, the city of Paris features a lot of very popular and renowned cathedrals, museums and landmarks that attracts thousands of visitors to the city regularly. Here are the top 10 tourist sites you should not miss visiting in Paris.
1. Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is Paris’ main symbol and visiting the tower is a not just a must do for every visit to France but is always the first thing most tourists want to do. The tower which is over 1,000 feet tall and located in the Champ de Mars parks is a structure made from iron which was built for the world exposition of 1889. The tower has one of the highest number of photographs when compared to other tourist attractions as clear photographs of the tower can easily be taken both in the daytime and at night. Visitors to the park also have the opportunity get wonderful sights of Paris by using the elevator.
2. Louvre Museum
Another must visit spot in Paris is the Louvre Museum. The museum which is hosted in the Louvre palace has over 1,000,000 objects in its collection and also has a marking of glass pyramid at the entrance. You can also get to see a lot of famous works of art in the museum including Venus of Milo – a Greek statue, Dying Slave by Michelangelo and Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci amongst many others. Other famous objects in the museum include rubens and Rembrandt paintings, antiquities from Egypt, Hammurabi’s ancient code and Napoleon III’s expensive apartments.
3. Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe is a very famous tourist site, located in Paris. The Arc was built in the year 1806 in memory of Napoleon Bonaparte’s victorious battles. The Arc has a height of 164 feet and a width of 148 feet. An unknown soldier’s tomb can be found under the arc while the arc has names of people who lost their lives in the emperor’s battles as well as elaborate reliefs showing triumphal battles.
4. Notre Dame de Paris
Your trip to the city of Paris is incomplete if you did not get to popular Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral which has a height of 400 feet along with a spire and 2 loft towers is reputed a major example of the architecture of French Gothic. The structure was erected in the 13th city and features rose windows that are awe-inspiring, relic’s collection, beautiful sculptures and Gothic carvings.
Amongst Paris landmarks that are most easily noticeable is the eye-catching domed-shape while basilica which is known as Sacre-Coeur. It is located in the tallest peak of the city on Montmartre hill. Every year, a lot of tourists visit the basilica to admire the gorgeous interior and architecture made from marble. Tourist get to see a lot of interesting objecting including a large clock (reputed to be one of the largest in the world), stained-glass windows and gold mosaic.
6. Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin de Luxembourg which means Luxemboug gardens in English is the second largest public park in Paris. Tourists can stroll leisurely or picnic in the fruit orchards or formal gardens. The park also features artistic fountains and statues. You can also partake in a number of sports and fun equipment available, including fitness equipment, tennis courts and jogging paths. It also has a big playground where children can sail model boats, watch puppet show or ride ponies.
7. Musee d’Orsay
If you love arts, then you must see Musee d’Orsay located in Paris. It is reputed to house the best impressionist paintings collection in the world. The big museum which was built on a previous railway station features thousands of objects and works of art from the 1800s to the 1900s. You can move around the many rooms of the museum to see amazing works of arts by a lot of popular artists including Jean-Francois Millet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, Cezane, Van Gogh and Monet.
8. Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou is an institution of culture which was built like architecture with high tech. The building hosts a panoramic terrace, a movie theater, a bookshop, the biggest Europe museum of modern art known as the Musee National of Art Moderne and a very big public library. The library is located on the building’s first 3 floors while the museum can be found on the fourth and fifth floors. Large expositions are carried out on the top and first floor. The centre got its name from the former France President, Georges Pompidou, who ruled france in the year 1969 to 1974.
Sainte-chapelle was founded around the year 1239. It is reputed to be one of the best accomplishments of Gothic architecture. The building was started by King Louis IX who erected the building for his Relics of Passion collecting including Jesus’ Crown of Thorns, which was a very important object of the early Christians. The building was rebuilt in the nineteenth century as it was destroyed during the revolution in France. It houses a lot of stained glass collections from the thirteenth century.
10. Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde is located on Champs-Elysees’ east end. It is the biggest square in the city of Paris with all directions having fantastic vistas. The square is also famous for being the location where Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI – a French King and a whole lot of other individuals were guillotined in the period of the revolution in France. Place de la Concorde also features an old obelisk of Egypt which was made over 3,200 years ago. Before being moved down to Place de la Concorde, the obelist was initially housed, during the 19th century in the Temple of Luxor.