Paris Sights: Paris is definitely a city that will win you over at first glance. The French capital is magnificent in all seasons and at any time of the day. The inviting aroma of freshly baked baguette in the numerous "boulangerie", walks along the Seine, artists of Montmartre, the lively nightlife, the cafes and the restaurants of downtown: Paris is a multi-ethnic metropolis and the many shades, and knows how to satisfy every taste: definitely will not disappoint!
The center of Paris can be divided into two main areas: the right bank (right bank) and Left Bank (left bank) compared to the Seine. The city is still divided into 20 districts (borough) starting from the center and branch clockwise. Move from one area to another is easy and comfortable as each district is served by an extensive network of subways and trains which connect you to all of Paris.
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A single post would not be enough to list all the things to see in Paris: Below I have extrapolated the most significant places that a tourist should not miss during your stay in the French capital.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre, established in 1793 and located in 1Arrondissement, is certainly one of the most famous museums in the world: among its 380.000 works of art are the Mona Lisa and the Venus of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci, la Nike Samothrace, the Venus de Milo. The museum offers collections of Egyptian art, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Arab and Western until 1848 (the Orsay Museum instead tells the art belonging to the modern age), collected by French governments over the centuries: exposure is so vast that it takes a full day to see it all.
In the square of Louvre Palace stands the great glass pyramid, High 21 meters, which is also the main entrance of the museum. There are also other inputs less crowded Pyramid: the Carousel Gallery (which leads directly from the metro), the Passage Richelieu and Lion Gate.
For info: http://www.louvre.fr/
Timetable: Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: from 9.00 to 18.00
Wednesday and Friday from 9.00 to 21.45. Closed on Tuesdays
Price input: 12-16Euro
The Tuileries garden, located between the’Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (in front of the entrance to the Louvre) until Place de la Concorde, garden is the oldest and the most visited in Paris. A UNESCO world heritage site, looks like a beautiful garden in the French style, square and geometric, built in the seventeenth century by André Le Notre, behest of Catherine de Medici. Within the garden is a pond and a Ferris wheel.
The Centre Pompidou
A few steps from the Louvre Museum is the National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou (also called Centre Beaubourg), made by the Italian architect Renzo Piano in 1977.
This area has relaunched Paris as the capital of modern French. The Centre Pompidou is an impressive and colorful steel structure, host, ground floor, the Centre Pompidou Forum, an open space that houses temporary exhibitions, while in the remaining floors are the Public Information Library, a large public library, the Center for Industrial Design and the National Museum of Modern Art (MNAM).
Marsh – Bastille
Marsh is a neighborhood of Right Bank located north dell'ıl Saint-Louis, in the third and fourth district. This is one of the central districts and historic Paris: here are some of the streets and of the oldest buildings in the city, dating back to pre-revolutionary. Originally a neighborhood for wealthy, This area has been claimed by bohemians after the revolution: present day Le Marais is full of museums, coffee, bakeries and bars.
Between 11 and the 12 District is the district of Bastille, recently retrained, it is where the famous fortress-prison, symbol of the French Revolution, which was stormed and destroyed by the revolutionaries 14 July 1789 and of which, present day, there are only a few traces of the perimeter. At the center of the square stands the July Column, in memory of the martyrs of the revolution 1830 and 1848. Present day, Place de la Bastille is a very lively and full of local nightlife.
Are worthy of note Picasso Museum and l’Opera Bastille, the second opera in Paris for importances, inaugurated 14 July 1989 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.
Ile de la Cité is the name of the island which is located on the Seine in central Paris: is that what is the geographical center of town, because, it is here that the first settlement arose that gave rise to the current metropolis. The island is connected to both its banks by nine bridges, among which the most famous is the New Bridge. The Ile de la Cité home to some of the major monuments of the city as the Notre-Dame, the Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie, the old royal palace turned into a prison where they were imprisoned enemies of the revolution (including Marie Antoinette).
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, known throughout the world thanks to the homonymous novel by Victor Hugo, is the most visited monument in the city and one of the best known symbols of the French capital. Built between 1160 and the 1345, The cathedral is the quintessential example of French Gothic architecture. On the top you can see the French capital from other perspectives, as is going on Tour Eiffel.
Always on Ile de la Cité is the Sainte Chapelle: French Gothic in style, was built by King Louis IX in the thirteenth century as a reliquary, holds for the crown of thorns of Jesus.
The special feature of the church is represented a unique complex of fifteen windows and a large rose window finely colored forming beautiful play of light.
The Ile de la Cité is also connected to’Ile Saint Louis. While the’Island City is characterized by squares, monuments and historic places, the’Ile Saint Louis is rather quiet and lends itself more to a romantic walk: you can stand on the benches along the Seine or secluding in one of the many coffee. it's’ can make the tour of the Ile de la Cité and the Seine also edge of the typical Bateaux Parisiens.
The Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter is located in the 5° Arrondissement, on Rive Gauche, and is one of the most famous and most picturesque cities: its name comes from the fact that, before the French Revolution, all communication between professors and students took place in Latin. The Latin Quarter is in fact the student quarter of Paris since the twelfth century, when the, in 1253, was founded the University of Paris Sorbonne. Among its multitude of narrow streets and squares you will find numerous cafes, vintage shops and libraries. If you're ever in the evening not miss the opportunity to dine in one of the many restaurants of ethnic cuisine (Greek, Moroccan or Italian).
The district is concentrated among Jardin du Luxemburg and the Jardin des Plantes, a botanical garden established in 1926 as a store of medicinal plants.
Among the attractions that are located in the Latin Quarter remember the National Museum of the Middle Ages, the National Museum of Natural History the museum of 'Arab World Institute, and the imposing Pantheon, jewel of neoclassical architecture.
Saint Germain e Montparnasse
The area of Saint-Germain-des-Pres (6Arrondissement) has a number of streets, with many bars, very animated and frequented the evening. In it you will find the Chiesa di Saint-Germain des Prés, the oldest in Paris, built in the eleventh century, and theEglise Saint-Sulpice. Do not miss the Luxembourg Gardens.
In the historic cafés of Saint-Germain gathered during the occupation, and then after the war many intellectuals nonconformists: although today the many clothing stores and luxury have replaced libraries and cultural institutions, old coffee that hosted artists are still there, evoking the atmosphere of a time.
In the district of Montparnasse, little more to the south you can visit Cemetery, resting place of artists like Baudelaire, Simonne de Beauvoir, Guy de Maupassant, Serge Gainsbourg e Philippe Noiret. The name Montparnasse (Mount Parnassus) comes from the fact that once stood a small hill, between the Boulevard Montparnasse and the Boulevard Raspail, formed from residues from the limestone quarries that once were in the area.
The Catacombs of Paris are also open to the public. They were born as an underground ossuary, built in the late eighteenth century to cope with the spread of epidemics caused by overcrowding of some cemeteries. Are formed from a distance of approximately 1,7 km that winds 20 meters underground and, inside them, There are the remains of about 6 million people. The entrance is located at Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy 1.
Timetable: from 10.00 to 20.00. Closed on Mondays
Entrance: 10,00 Euro
The district Montparnasse, once the heart of Parisian cultural life, suffered, in the 70s and 80s, a series of urban transformations that have changed the face and made unrecognizable what was once a neighborhood of artists. Symbol of this transformation is the Tower Monparnasse: with 56 floors 196 m in height, This skyscraper offers the largest panoramic view of the city of Paris: from the top floor terrace you can enjoy a 360 ° view, ideal for taking great photographs at the Paris skyline.
Timetable: from 9.30 to 22.30
Entrance: 15,50 Euro
The Musee D'Orsay
The Museo d'Orsay, located in the district of Faubourg Saint-Germain (7Arrondissement), exposes a rich collection of paintings, sculpture and art objects made between 1840 and the 1914 and preserves the best of artistic production Impressionists: Manet, Pissarro, Many, Cézanne, Gauguin etc.
Another special feature of the museum is the fact that it was housed in an old train station 1900, of which are still visible the structure and the clock.
Timetable: open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 18.00
Entrance: 11.00 Euro
The Eiffel Tower e Invalides
The Tour Eiffel is undoubtedly the most famous monument in Paris and is visited by millions of tourists every year. If you come to Paris you can not forget to come see it!
Founded as a temporary structure for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 and designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Tour Eiffel is a huge iron structure that dominates the city from its 324 meters. it's’ consists of three floors with elevator or walk by stairs and houses inside souvenir shops, exhibition areas and the Jules Verne restaurant.
From the terrace summit, accessible by elevator, you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the city, as well as being able to enjoy a great romantic dinner. At night the tower is lit by 20.000 lights, offering a show not to be missed and only: in addition to, the first five minutes of each hour, the tower sparkle.
To avoid the queue at the ticket recommend buy the ticket online. Do it, but with a few months in advance as tickets sell out quickly.
Timetable: from 9.30 to 23.30
Entrance: 15,50 Euro
A short distance from Tour Eiffel is the monumental complex Les Invalides (Hotel National des Invalides), a vast complex Baroque built in the seventeenth century to accommodate and assist war invalids. Today it houses a the Army Museum, one of the largest in the world, which retains weapons and armor from around the world, original documents and an exhibition dedicated to World War II. In the center, TheChurch of the Dome home, in its crypt circular, the Napoleon's tomb.
Timetable: from 10.00 to 17.00
Entrance: 9,50 Euro
Palais de Chaillot Trocadéro o
The Palais de Chaillot, also called Trocadero, is located on the hill of Chaillot in front of the Eiffel Tower. The particularity of the building are the two curved wings surrounding a large central terrace which enjoys a splendid view of the Tour Eiffel. In the building there are the statues made by Paul Belmondo, Léon-Ernest Drivier Marcel Gimond. Inside the Trocadero is a theater and some museums.
The Champs Elysées, the busiest Parisian stroll, represent the Paris of fashion and shopping: along the avenue are the boutiques of the most prestigious French designers and international (Chanel, Louis Vitton, Bulgari, Dior and many others) in addition to the cinema, theaters, restaurants and nightlife. The Champs Elysées are wonderful especially in the evening and during the celebrations in which they are exposed flags and illuminations. This avenue, along more than 2 km, connects Place de la Concorde to Place Charles de Gaulle, the center of which is the famous Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon.
Place Vendome, one of the most beautiful and famous Paris, was built in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century by order of Louis XIV. The square, octagonal, is located north of the “Tuileries“.
The square, a favorite destination for shopaholics: In fact, among the elegant buildings that surround it are banks, jewelers and boutiques, including the Paris office of the “Home” Valentino. Here also are the Ministry of Justice and the historic Hotel Ritz, opened in 1898, where are hosted many celebrities visiting Paris.
At the center of the square stands a bronze column about high 44 mt., built by Napoleon and dedicated to the victory of Battle of Austerlitz. The spiral of the column is decorated with bronze 66 bronze reliefs that recall the triumphs the Napoleonic Army. Inside there is a spiral staircase that rises to the top, where there is a statue of Napoleon in imperial clothes.
E Pigalle Montmartre
Those of Montmartre and Pigalle are two neighboring districts. The first, which is close to the bus stop Absesses, is a neighborhood of artists that lies at the foot of Basilica of Sacre Coeur, built between 1873 and 1919 on top of the hill of Montmartre, the second is known instead as a red light district and night shows: visit Place du Tertre and Place Pigalle, area Moulin Rouge and Moulin de la Galette , where the nightlife is assured.
The Sacre Coeur Basilica del, situated on the top of Montmartre, is a symbol and one of the highest places of the city: from its steps you can admire the whole of Paris at your feet! The basilica is reached via a long staircase (230 gardens), or via a convenient funicular, that takes you in a few seconds at the top. The entrance to the Basilica is free, while access to the dome is located outside the church on the left: from its top you can enjoy a view to 360 degrees of Paris. Entrance costs 5 euros.
Another place to visit in Montmartre is the square of the artists, where painters and portraitists are always at work. In the history of this neighborhood have gone from here many famous artists including Toulouse-Lautrec, Pisarro, Van Gogh, Utrillo, Modigliani and Picasso. In Up Absesses do not miss a visit to the Wall Ti Amo (“The Wall of I love you“), a work of art consisting of 612 tiles of blue color for large 21cm 29 with the inscription “I Love You” in 311 different languages covering a wall 10 meters for 4.
Pere – Lachaise
The Cimitero del Pere Lachaise, is the largest cemetery in Paris and known. Located east of Paris and is famous for the tombs of many famous people like Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Delacroix, Modigliani, Jim Morrison e Chopin. In particular, Jim Morrison's grave is located in the area 6, that of Oscar Wilde in the field 89 and that of Balzac in the field 48.
Bois de Boulogne
West of Paris, in 16Arrondissement, extends the Bois de Boulogne, an immense green area 845 hectares wanted by Baron Haussmann in the nineteenth century, today one of the largest and most popular parks in Paris, located in the west of the city, near the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt and Neuilly-sur-Seine.
The forest was, in the past, hunting reserve of the King of France, Today it is the ideal place to relax and enjoy outdoor activities: There are two lakes connected together where canoeing, a racecourse, an adventure park for children and a botanical garden.
Arco La Défense is a modern monument located in the district of Defense, the extension west axis of historic Paris which goes from the Louvre Arc de Triomphe. Monument modern and futuristic, Arch is presented as a cube high 110 meters and emptied the center and covered with glass and white Carrara marble. The hollow space inside is so big that it could contain the Notre Dame, and its roof has a weight of about 30 000 tons.
The arc of Defense was designed from’ Danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen and was inaugurated 14 July 1989, on the occasion of the bicentennial of the French Revolution: his idea was that the arch was to be a monument dedicated to humanity and humanitarian ideals, rather than military victories such as the Arc de Triomphe.
Inside there are government offices, a center for conventions and exhibitions, Museum Informatics and restaurant. On the top is a large roof terrace accessible to the public and accessible by a panoramic elevator, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view that spans the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower.
Timetable: open every day from 10.00 to 20.00
Entrance: 10 Euro