Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is full of historic and places, architecture, art, but up-to-date as well. Millions of people from all over the world dream to visit Paris. The city hosts thousands of tourists and travelers every day. This is the list of 10 sights must be visited in Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It took two centuries to build this architectural wonder and one of the best known sights of Paris.

Notre-Dame de Paris must be seen de visu, as the photos barely reflect its magnificence. The details of the statues are incredible. The cathedral is located in the centre of Paris on the Île de la Cité, near the Latin Quarter. This island on the Seine is a historic and geographic center of the city, where the Romans established Gallo-Roman city of Lutetia. It had been a residence of French kings from 6 till 14th centuries. Notre-Dame de Paris was established by Luis IX in 1163; its construction took more than 150 years. Initially the cathedral was of early-gothic style, but further additions brought high-gothic elements.

Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

Two tall towers are the extremely popular sightseeing that can be observed from most parts of the city. The interior is amazing, stained-glass windows and high pillars reflect the French Gothic architecture of that period.

Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

Gargoyles are everywhere among other statues of creatures, kings and monks.

The Eiffel Tower
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

This is one of the most recognizable structures in the world and symbol of France.
The size of iron tower is tremendous. The giant proportions are just unbelievable. The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1887-1889 for Universelle and might be dismantled after the exhibition.
However, the citizens and visitors liked it very much and they decided to leave it. At present, the tower is the most popular place in Paris. The top of the tower provides the view of the city and its suburbs. It is hard to believe that this structure was called a terrific monster and was required to be destroyed. Currently, the Eiffel Tower is an architecture masterpiece and the key sightseeing.

Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

The 1,063 ft tower used to be the tallest structure in the world until the Empire State Building appeared in New York. There are stairs and lift for getting to the top. Jules Vernes restaurant is located on the second level of the tower.

The Palace of Versailles
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

When the château was built, Versailles became a small village; today, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 12 miles southwest of the centre of the French capital. Versailles was the seat of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris, until the royal family was forced to move back to the capital in October 1789, when the French Revolution began. Thus, Versailles is known not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy.

Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

The interior is highly detailed. There are engraved plates, pictures, rich furniture everywhere. Versailles has 700 rooms and all of them are made in line the style.

The Louvre
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

The Louvre is located in the palace that used to be the residence of French kings. Visitors enter the museum via a glass pyramid. The Louvre exposes more than 30,000 pieces of art, from ancient times to medieval period and European art of 15-19th century. It is impossible to explore the entire museum at a time. If you have only one day, you should take an audio guide in your language and launch the tour of the finest sights in the Louvre, including Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1503-1505), Aphrodite of Milos, and the Winged Victory of Samothrac. From the one side, the Louvre is surrounded by the Tuileries Garden – one of the most beautiful and largest parks of Paris. The garden was designed by André Le Nôtre in classical French style.
In case of spending just 1 minute for each piece of art in the museum, it will require two months to explore the whole collection in the Louvre.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and Montmartre
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

The popular guideline – The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris – is lying on the top of the Montmartre hill. Its façade combines Byzantine and Roman styles and from a distance it looks like a wedding cake, as citizens call it. The interior includes fresco paintings of Christ and other saints. The Basilica was built as a symbol of a hope after the Franco-Prussian War. Visitors spend the time mostly on the terrace, enjoying the view of Paris or go up to a tower for even better view. The Montmartre district must be explored too. It used to be a separate village, but then turned into one of the most visited places in Paris thanks to its avant-garde atmosphere and old-time charm. There are fine museums, including the Montmartre Museum and the display of Salvador Dali. The Abbesses station is the nearest to the Montmartre .

The Arc de Triomphe
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
The Arc de Triomphe is the famous monument in Paris. The Arc is located on the right bank of the Seine at the centre of a dodecagonal configuration of twelve radiating avenues. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes. The construction was completed in 1836.
It is engraved with the names of major French victories in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars The inside walls of the monument list the names of 660 people, among which are 558 French generals of the First French Empire; the names of those generals killed in battle are underlined. The nearest station is Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile.

The Musée d'Orsay
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Van Gogh. The Musée d'Orsay is the best place to explore the Impressionist, its history and best representatives. The Museum also hosts displays of ornamental items and photos as well as two cafes and an old restaurant, which is considered as a historic sample of architecture.

The Palais Garnier
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

The Palais Garnier is an amazing neo-baroque palace designed for opera and ballet staging. The building was created by Charles Garnier in luxury style of Napoleon III. Construction took place from 1862 till 1875. Its facade stands out with its classical columns and monuments, while stanza holds busts of famous composers, including Beethoven, Mozart, and Rossini. The opera house's capacity is 2,200. There is also a Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra National de Paris. It stores century-old archives and objects dedicated to the history of the opera, costume traditions and other details. Tourists love visiting the Palais Garnier. High-class performances take place within the year; tickets should be booked in advance. The nearest station is Opera.

The Sainte-Chapellе
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

The Sainte-Chapelle within the medieval Palais de la Cité, the residence of the Kings of France, is a rare gem of the Middle Ages. The masterpiece of high Gothic architecture was construction between 1242 and 1248 for Luis IX to maintain Christian relics of Byzantine Empire. The Chapelle is famous for its mosaic windows, creating irreal arc. The entrance to the Chapelle is lying through the gate of the Palais de Justice and inner yard.

The Panthéo
Top 10 interesting sights in Paris

Being initially built as a church, the Panthéo is the national memorial and a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. In 1756 Luis XV involved Jacques-Germain Soufflot for construction of new church at the site of destroyed Sainte-Geneviève abbey. The church was completed in 1790. The architecture of the Panthéo shows a clear conversion from rococo to more serious neo-classical style. This is the first building in Paris that returned to the simple classical antiquity. The Panthéo set the standard for the period before and after Napoleon, inspiring creation of other valued constructions, including the The Arc de Triomphe.
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