This is the city of love, lights, food, fashion and art and millions of tourists every year are drawn by its appeal, culture, romance, and style. Being the 3rd most visited city in the world, there are lots of things to do in Paris. Going to this city is such a great pleasure especially if you like romantic walks through the old streets and seeing some of the greatest architectural treasures. In fact, everyone knows Paris as the place that inspired Hemingway and Balzac, impressionist paintings and love songs. But when you finally visit the city for yourself, its charm transcends cliché. Here are 10 places to visit in Paris that are among the most beautiful in the city.
The Eiffel Tower
Who can imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower? Watch it glow with different colors of light during the night time and see why it is considered as a place to see when visiting the city of Paris. Its ascent is a must to enjoy the magnificent view of the french capital.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Trips to Paris will never be complete without visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral which features architectural designs that date back to the 12th century. It is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and Europe. True design inspiration!
The Palais Garnier
The magnificent edifice dedicated to the art of ballet stands at the end of Avenue de L’opera and dominates the square of the eponymous name. Gilded sculptures on the roof of the Opéra Garnier will dazzle you with their beauty on a bright day as well as night when the Opera House is richly illuminated.
Place de la Concorde
This is the largest square in Paris covering an area of 8 ha. Until the mid-18th century, there was a swamp only, however now this square is one of the most beautiful historic squares in all of the Europe. Here you can see 23 meters-tall obelisk which is 3300 years old. The two monumental fountains which are in the middle of the square are among of the most beautiful fountains in Paris.
Pont Alexandre III
The Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. The bridge is widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in the city. It is classified as a French Monument Historique.
Located on the left bank of the Seine river, Panthéon captivates you with its spectacular dome seen from all parts of Paris. It was built by Louis XV in honor of St. Genevieve as an expression of happiness on his recovery from a serious illness. Completed in 1790 Panthéon first served as a church, now as mausoleum; houses the graves of important French people (eg. Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alexander Dumas, Emil Zola and others).
If you want a little more adventure while you are in Paris, you should definitely visit the Sacré-Cœur, which is basilica that is located at the highest point of the city of Paris. It was completed in 1919 and honors the French victims of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.
The Louvre Museum
Considered to be the most visited art museum in the world, one must not forget the Louvre Museum as a destination to be in Paris. It serves as the home of many artworks of the pre 20th-century era. The place has a lot of history in itself so visiting it would also mean traveling back in time.
Jardin des Tuileries
The gardens, which separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, are a cultural walking place for Parisians and tourists where Maillol statues stand alongside those of Rodin or Giacometti. The gardens’ two ponds are perfect for relaxation. The Musée de l’Orangerie, where visitors can admire the works of Monet, is located southwest of Tuileries.
In the heart of Paris, tucked away in the courtyard of the Palace of Justice, is the masterpiece of Gothic architecture, La Sainte-Chapelle. Perhaps not as well known as its neighbor Notre-Dame, this small medieval chapel is a phenomenal combination of masonry and glass.
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