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Top 16 Attractions in Paris

Popular Paris sights and tourist spots

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    Part of Palace of Versailles near Paris, France.
    The "City of Light" is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful and fascinating cities - you could spend a lifetime here and not see everything that Paris has to offer. An easy day trip from Paris is to the Palace of Versailles, one of Europe's most spectacular and largest royal homes. Versailles is about a 30-minute train ride from the center of the city.King Louis XIV – the "Sun King" - commissioned the palace in 1668 as well as the spacious and beautiful gardens ...

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  • 2 Musee d'Orsay

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    Famous clock in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France.
    In Paris, France, Musee d'Orsay is a museum located in what used to be a railway station, the Gare d'Orsay. This museum boasts a huge collection of paintings by Renoir, Monet, Delacroix, Degas, Gaugin, Van Gogh, and other impressionist artists. It also focuses on the art scene between 1848 and 1915, which is the early modern era for art in France. The collection also includes not just paintings but furniture, photographs, and sculptures ...

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    A view of the Sainte Chapelle's ceiling in Paris, France.
    A jewelry box. A light show. A diamond reflecting the light with its many facets.This is La Sainte Chapelle in Paris and more. It is best to visit this chapel's gem during the day when there is plenty of sunlight. La Sainte Chapelle may be small, but oh, the wonder and excitement when you see how natural light plays with it!La Sainte Chapelle (or Holy Chapel) harks back to 1246 when it was built as a home to the True Cross's relics ...

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    Exterior view of Centre Pompidou in Paris.
    The Centre Georges Pompidou is to be found in the Beaubourg area of Paris, France. It is near Marais and Les Halles at the IVe arrondissement. This controversial building was constructed in the 1970s and now houses a variety of institutions. These include the National Museum of Modern Art, a library (Bibliothèque Publique d'Information) and others.Ever since it opened its doors in 1977, it has been the subject of many arguments because of its bold 'exo-skeletal' design made of glass and metal and the use of brightly colored pipes that are visible to all ...

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    One side of the Champs-Élisées in Paris.
    Undoubtedly the most famous avenue in the world, Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, is blessed with a unique elegance and charm. That is also why it is considered the world's most beautiful avenue. Even with traffic surging along it, there really is something special in the experience of ambling along Champs-Elysees. The streetlamps at dusk provide an exceptional atmosphere to the length that spans from the Place Charles de Gaulle (where you can find the Arc de Triomphe) to Place de la Concorde ...

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    The facade of La Conciergerie by the Seine River.
    The Conciergerie is a fortress in Paris, France that used to house kings and subsequently prisoners. It served as the Royal Apartments before completing the Louvre, which became the new Royal Residence. La Conciergerie was constructed during the early part of the 14th century. It came with a guardroom, a kitchen and a men-at-arms room. This was built by the architects Jean de Saint-Germer and Nicolas des Chaumes ...

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  • 7 Eiffel Tower

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    Looking up at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
    The Eiffel Tower is a tall tower made of steel as its visible skeleton and is one of the most iconic building in Paris and France. The base structure itself is 300 m (984 feet) high, but its total height reaches 324 m (1063 feet) with its antenna-type tip.

    How big is the Eiffel Tower

    Gustave Eiffel's design allows for wind to pass through the countless openings so that although the 7000-ton tower is twice as tall as the Washington Monument, it weighs 70,000 tons less ...

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    The Basilique du Sacré Coeur exterior.
    Basilique Sacre Coeur is a revered landmark in Paris, France. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart marks the city's highest point, on top of the hill of Montmartre. And from that lofty mount, it serves as a very visible reminder of Christian traditions. The basilica is an immense example of the Roman-Byzantine style. It has soaring dome towers - 83 meters tall! It is built with Château-Landon stones that naturally maintains its white color as it bleaches with age ...

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    The Arc de Triomphe in the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
    The monument stands for triumph – the triumph of the human spirit against the odds. In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe stands proudly, a fitting memorial to homage the brave ones who fought during the Napoleonic Wars for the honor and freedom of their beloved country, France. You can see this monument displayed in the middle of the Place Charles de Gaulle, right at the end of the magnificent Champs-Elysees ...

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    Inside the Le Meurice Hotel in Paris
    Le Meurice is a neo-classical 5-star hotel founded by Charles-Augustin Meurice in 1835. It is located at 228, rue de Rivoli in the 1st district of Paris. It has been awarded the 'Palace' distinction in 2011 and the 'Living Heritage Company' distinction in 2012. It belongs to the Dorchester Collection hotel group, which also owns the Plaza Athénée. The hotel enjoys views over the entire Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, as well as the beginning of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Place de la Concorde ...

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    The facade of the Musée Rodin.
    The Musee Rodin in Paris is, as the name suggests, a showcase of the works of the renowned French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. In addition, you will find here many aspects of Rodin's life – Rodin the art collector, Rodin the painter, Rodin the person, and of course, there is a collection of sketches he made before transforming these into sculptural masterpieces. The place used to be the Hotel Biron, which was Rodin's residence since the early 1900s ...

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    Tombs and funeral monuments in the Père Lachaise Cemetery.
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    No other cemetery is so good at name dropping than Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise in Paris, France. It is the final resting place of many famous personalities. The list of the persons buried there looks like the Who's Who of over two centuries' worth. It is expansive and beautiful, with 44 hectares and over 5,000 trees. This makes it the largest park in the city. And the fact that many of the famous are buried here has made it into a pantheon garden and open air museum ...

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    The exterior facade of the Opera Garnier in Paris.
    Another landmark in Paris, a city filled with great landmarks, is the Palais Garnier, also called the Opera Garnier, Opera de Paris or the Grand Opera House. Designed by the renowned Charles Garnier, this splendid structure is of the Neo-Baroque style tradition and is a grand masterpiece in architecture. Completed in 1875, it is a tour de force for rococo, especially when you bear in mind that this was built during the glory days of the French Empire. Napoleon III ordered it built as part of the reconstruction project for Paris ...

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    Part of the lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris.
    The historic Shangri-la hotel has the best position in Paris, as it is looking at the Seine river and the Eiffel Tower, which is also visible from some rooms, from your bed. The hotel is just dipped in luxury, and the interior and exterior are just beyond real. ...

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    The building and glass pyramid at the Louvre.
    In Paris, France, the Louver is one of the world's greatest museums – you could easily spend a month there and still not see all of its treasures. It's also one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, attracting around 8 million visitors every year.The building's statistics are staggering – the Louvre contains an estimated 380,000 works of art, sculptures, and paintings, of which only around 30,000 are on display at any one time ...

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    Part of the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral.
    Paris, France, is known for iconic structures. The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the dome of Sacre Coeur on Montmartre are practically clichés when thinking of the City of Light. Perhaps no one building more perfectly encapsulates the city's soul as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, located on Ile-de-la-Cite in the River Seine. This splendid example of Gothic architecture occupies a site that's long been the center of the city and captures in its soaring arches and stained glass windows much that is emblematic of the French soul ...

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