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Tourist Places To Visit In Paris
We read about it in the books, see it in movies and hear about how beautiful the city of Paris is. Even on its gloomiest days, the city is vibrant and exquisite. It is a tedious task to list down all the places one must visit in Paris. But here’s a list of tourist places you cannot miss seeing when in Paris. With its history, geography, and art, Paris is an experience to remember for everyone who steps foot here.
The Eiffel Tower
Better known in French as the La Tour Eiffel, it is the first picture to pop up in our heads when we say Paris. It is the universal symbol of the country. Currently, about seven million people visit the Eiffel tower each year. This magnanimous iron structure was the winning design proposal submitted among a hundred others. The design was submitted by Gustave Eiffel, a French civil engineer and architect, in 1885.
The Eiffel Tower is open to visitors from 9 am to midnight June to September and from 9:30 am to 11 pm for the rest of the year. Also, during Easter weekend and during the Spring holidays the hours are extended to midnight.
The Louvre Museum
Built as a fortress in the 12th century, the Louvre was converted by successive governments into one of the largest museums in the world. As the decades passed, new and intricate changes were made to this place. The glass pyramid at the main entrance to the museum that leads to the main exhibition hall was installed in the 13th century. This museum is divided into three wings, namely, Sully, Richelieu, and Denon. It showcases about 35,000 pieces of art. It also has the most popular and folkloric showcases of art. Few of the well-known pieces are Mona Lisa by Da Vinci and Dying Slave by Michelangelo.
Notre - Dame de Paris
Another 12th-century architectural marvel, Notre-Dame is the largest cathedral in Paris. The cathedral was initiated by the then bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully. Its construction was divided into four parts and took almost a century to be completed. Notre Dame de Paris is a popular symbol of Paris. It is a bishop’s church, a baptistery and canon’s church that was built in the honour of Virgin Mary. It is located in the heart of the city in Ile de la Cite and has been witness to many historical events.
Sacred Heart Basilica
After the war of Franco-Prussia, in the 19th century, the French government built this landmark known as the Basilique du Sacra- Coeur. It is a roman catholic basilica and was congregated in the year 1919. Located at one of the highest altitudes of Paris, it also has the largest mosaic of Jesus Christ. The walls of the church are naturally white and clean due to the travertine stones being used. Some of most scenic and panoramic views can be seen from this place.
Musee d’Orsay is another museum in Paris that was started in the 19th century. This museum has been converted from a railway station. It has art pieces dating from 1848 to 1914, mostly including French impressionism work. This museum is a one-stop place to know about various fields of art, that developed over that time in France, such as architecture, ceramics, textiles, furniture, metalwork, photography, painting, sculpting and sketching. The museum allows entry to all of its rooms. Some of the sections are on symbolism, art nouveau, impressionism, naturalism, etc.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is located at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle. It translates to 'Triumphal Arch' and was built in honour of people who fought and died during the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. The names of all the victors are inscribed on the surfaces of the walls. The Tomb of the Unknown solider is located beneath it. There are twelve streets that pass through its surrounding. From its top, the entire city of Paris can be seen gleaming with its beauty. It is sometimes confused with another arch that is much smaller, named Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which is located at the west end of The Louvre.
One of the worlds most famous streets, the Champs-Élysées sees about 20,000 people a day and 7 million a year. One of the most used descriptions of this street states “the most beautiful avenue in the world”. It is one of the most expensive areas of real estate in the world. This avenue is filled with cafés, luxury shops, cinemas, horse-chestnut trees, and a whole lot of life to it. There are some French monuments along this street as well as the Arc de Triomphe.
Centre Georges Pompidou
President Valery Giscard officially opened the Center Georges Pompidou in the year 1977. This place has had over 150 million visitors over the years. It was later renovated in 1997. This renovation caused a lot of changes to take place. Though the basic tubular structure was kept intact. Now it allows for more visitors to walk freely and also hosts many performing arts. It has also increased the area for displaying the Museum of Modern Arts.