Tourism

PARIS

Eiffel Tower

eifelOnce the tallest structure in the world, the Eiffel Tower is probably Europe’s best known landmark and Paris’s most famous symbol. You couldn’t possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower.
Even if you do not want to visit it, you will see its top from all over Paris. It rises 300 meters tall (984 ft) and was twice as high as the Washington Monument, at the time the tallest structure in the world.

Notre Dame

notreNot the largest cathedral in the world, the Notre-Dame might be the most famous of all cathedrals. The gothic masterpiece is located on the Île de la Cité, a small island in the heart of the city.The site of the Notre dame is the cradle of Paris and has always been the religious center of the city. The Celts had their sacred ground here, the Romans built a temple to worship Jupiter. A Christian basilica was built in the 6th century and the last religious structure before the Notre-Dame construction started was a Romanesque church.

Louvre

livOne of the largest and most visited museums in the world, and possibly the most famous of them all, the Louvre is one of Paris’s many must-visits.Situated in the 1st arrondissement, in the heart of Paris, this palace is both from an architectural point of view as from an arts perspective one of the must see sights in Paris. It displays about 35,000 works of art, among them some world-famous like the Mona Lisa from Leonardo da Vinci, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory. The first time the immense collection was displayed was in 1789, during the revolution when the Revolutionary Committee decided to open the King’s arts collection to the public.The latest addition to the Louvre was the glass pyramid entrance, one of the finest examples of a combination of modern and historic architecture.

Louvre PyramidOn request of the late French President Mitterrand, it was designed by the renowned American architect I.M. Pei. The glass pyramid allows the sunlight to come in on the underground floor. It has received mixed reviews, as it contrasts sharply with the design of the surrounding buildings.

Arc de Triomphe

In the middle of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the border of the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissement stands one of the greatest arches in history: the Arc de Triomphe (arch of triumph).

The arch was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victories, but he was ousted before the arch was completed. In fact, it wasn’t completed until 1836 during the reign of Louis-Philippe. The Arc de Triomphe is engraved with names of generals who commanded French troops during Napoleon’s regime.The arch is located at the end of the Champs-Elysées, in the middle of the Place Charles de Gaulle, a large circular square from which no less than 12 streets emanate. The streets are named after French military leaders.
Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris The Jardin du Luxembourg is probably the most popular park in Paris. It is located in the 6th arrondissement, near the Sorbonne University.The park, 22,45 hectare large (about 55 acres), was designed in 1612 in French style. In the 19th century, the private park was opened to the public.

Grand Bassin

At the center of the park is an octagonal pond, known as the Grand Bassin. Here, children can rent small boats. Statue in the Jardin du LuxembourgAnother attraction for children is the puppet theater.
Around the pond are nice lawns and alleys, all laid out in a geometrical pattern. Numerous statues, including the Statue of Saint-Geneviève – patroness of Paris – adorn the park. This is also one of the parks where you can simply get hold of one of the many chairs and take it to the exact spot where you want to sit. The park is also popular with chess players and Jeux de Boules players.
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