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Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Visit to Paris - Landmarks and major attractions

Paris the largest city in France is situated on the river Siene. There are 37 bridges across the Siene in Paris alone. Isnt that amazing?


The city has more than 3500 historical monuments and four UNESCO Heritage sites. Though the most famous landmarks in Paris are the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame, there are lots of other historical monuments and buildings in the city that are amazing. Listed below are some of the major attractions in Paris.

The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the entire world. It is also the most famous landmark in Paris. It is named after Gustave Eiffel. The tower has 3 levels which the visitors can visit.



The first and second levels can be accessed by stairs or lifts. The first level takes 300 steps to reach and the second level is another 300 steps from there. The topmost level is only accessible by lift. Its a must visit as the views from the top are awesome.




The Notre Dame in Paris is a Gothic Catholic Cathedral which houses the official chair of the Archbishop of Paris. The cathedral is a wonderful example of French Gothic architecture.


The cathedral is open daily from 7:45 am to 6:45 pm (7:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays) and the entrance is free of charge. If you wish to visit the Cathedral Tower and the Treasury, there is a small entrance fee.




Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
6 Parvis Notre-Dame
Place Jean-Paul II
75004 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)1 42 34 56 10.

The Place Vendôme located to the north of the Tuileries Gardens is a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.
The Vendome column was erected by Naopleon to celebrate the victory of Austerlitz. The Place Vendome is known for its deluxe high-end hotels like
the Ritz. The square also is home to the salons of many famous designers.



The Sacre Couer Basilica (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) is a Roman Catholic Church in Paris. Located at the summit of Montmarte(the highest point of Paris) it is a very popular landmark and favourite of the tourists. One unique feature of the church is that it is made of Travertine (a kind of limestone) which constantly exudes calcite thereby keeping the church exteriors white in all weather conditions. The top of the dome of the basilica is open to tourists and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city.



Napoleon I commisioned the Arch de Triomphe du Carrousel to celebrate his victories in Ulm and Austerlitz. The arch bears similarities to the Arch of Septimus Severus on the Via Sacra in Rome.


The Louvre Museum is one of the most visited musuems in the world. It is also one of the largest musuems in the world. The museum is located within the Louvre Palace which was built in the 12th century bu Philip II. The famed glass pyramid was inaugurated in October 1988 and is a major attraction. The museum houses more that 3,80,000 objects that includes sculptures, paintings and archeological pieces.



The Paris Opera house(The Palais Garnier) built by Charles Garnier is a 1600 seat opera house. It is considered to be an architectural masterpiece of its times. Many buildings across the world have been based on the Opera house's design.


The Moulin Rouge located in the red-light district of Pigalle (in Paris) is a cabaret that was built in 1889. Its recognised by its famed red windmill on the roof. Moulin Rouge is also the place where the can-can dance originated. Pigalle is famous for its adult shops and is hotspot among the adventurous tourists.




The Stade de France, the national stadium of France is located in Paris. The stadium has a capacity of 81,338 spectators. Its the fifth largest stadium in Europe and is mainly used by the French national football team and the French rugby union team.


The Luxembourg Palace is the home of the French Senate. It also includes the 25 hectare Luxembourg garden. The palace was originally built for Marie de Medicis the mother of King Louis XIII. The gardens of the palace (Jardin du Luxembourg) is the second largest public park in Paris and has more than a hundred statues and fountains scattered all over the garden.


There are many more attractions in Paris like The Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, Centre Pompidou, Musee d'Orsay, Parc de la Villette, Chateau de Vincennes, the Pantheon, the Sainte-Chapelle, the Hotel de Ville, the Grand Palais, Jardin des Plantes (the botanical gardens), Dome des Invalides (which houses the tombs of several historic figures), Montmarte(the artists enclave) and many many more.

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