Paris is the capital city of France, as well as its largest. It is also a popular tourist destination, with 27 million foreign visitors dropping by annually to view iconic landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.  Whether you’re new to the city, or addicted to its irresistible charm, the City of Light has something to offer and entice you to keep coming back. Here are some of the things worth visiting in Paris:

  • The Eiffel Tower- the Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel in French),is  nicknamed La dame de fer,  is located on the Champs de Mars and is a global icon and one of France’s most recognizable structures. The Eiffel tower is not only the tallest building in Paris, standing 324 meters tall, but also the most visited monument in the world.

  • The Musee du Louvre- Better known as the Grand Louvre in English, is the world’s most visited art museum, as well as one of its largest. The museum can be found inside the Louvre Palace and houses some of the most prized work of arts including da Vinci’s La Joconde, better known as the Mona Lisa, The Seated Scribe, the Venus de Milo and the Code of Hammurabi.

  • The Notre Dame Cathedral- The Notre Dame de Paris cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and Europe, with its interiors featuring an exceptional 10 meter-wide rose-window stretched over the western façade above the 7800-pipe organ.

  • The Centre Pompidou- Also known as the Centre Beaubourg is known not only for its impressive collection of modern art, but also for its progressive architectural statement. The center is named after Georges Pompidou, France’s President from 1969 to 1974, who decided its creation.

  • Musee de la Musique- The Cite de la Musique are for those who are looking for something a little less mainstream to visit. This ‘city’ is a group of institutions situated in the La Villette quarter and has around 900 rare musical instruments on display in its exhibition halls.

 

  • The Montparnasse Cemetery- This cemetery, originally known as Le Cimetiere du Sud is a famous cemetery in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris where plenty of France’s renowned intellectual and artistic elite have been buried.

  • The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris- popularly known as the Sacre-Coeur Basilica is a famous landmark, located at the summit of the butte Montmarte, which was built from the pledges of Parisian Catholics as an act of repentance after the Franco-Prussian War.

  • The Moulin Rouge-The Moulin Rouge, made popular by a movie of the same name is a cabaret built in 1889 by Joseph Oller. It is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. The Moulin Rouge is a popular tourist destination that offers musical and dance entertainment.

 

  • The Jardin du Luxembourg- The Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public park in Paris and is also the garden of the French Senate, which is housed within the Luxembourg Palace. The garden has over a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains dotted throughout its grounds, including historical figures such as Jeane III of Navarre, Blanche of Castille, and Anne of Austria standing on pedestals.

  • The Seine River- The Seine is a major river that flows through Paris and into the English channel at Le Havre.  One would say that a visit to Paris would not be complete without a nighttime stroll along the Seine where the water reflects images of floodlit monuments and bridges.

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