Planning a trip to Paris? Here are some of the sights that you must see during your visit.
When one thinks of Paris we usually think of the Eiffel Tower. However, Paris is a city that has a lot to offer the tourist. It is a city that boasts of over 170 museums, 145 theatres, and 380 cinemas. Here are some of Paris' most famous sights.
The most notable structure on the Paris skyline, the Eiffel tower is
definitely a must-see for all tourists visiting Paris. The tower was
built in 1889, out of iron. At 1,063 feet height, it was the tallest
structure in the world upon its completion. Tourists can access the
first and second levels of the tower via the lifts or the stairs. The
tower was originally constructed to be the entrance to the Exposition Universelle
to mark the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. The tower
is lit up at night and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in
The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe was built by Napoleon at the end of the
Champs Elysees to honour the French soldiers who fought during the
Napoleonic wars. The monument towers over tourists at an impressive
height of 165 feet. It is the second largest triumphal arch, second
only to the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang. A triumphal arch is a
monumental archway that is built to celebrate a victory in a war. The
most common structure of a triumphal arch is having two main pillars
with an attic above connected by an archway.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The Notre Dame Cathedral on the banks of the river Seine is renowned
for its gothic architecture. It is the seat of the archbishop of Paris
and is still one of the most famous Roman Catholic cathedrals in Paris.
The construction of the cathedral began in 1160, but it was finally
completed only in 1345.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum is one of the oldest and largest amongst all museums
and art galleries in the world. Originally a royal palace, it now
houses some of the greatest paintings in the world including Leonardo
da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Madonna of the Rocks. One of the most notable
features of the museum's architecture is the Louvre pyramid. The
pyramid is part of the new entrance to the museum. It is one of the
most identifiable landmarks next to the Eiffel tower. The museum has
been popularised by a number of Hollywood movies, most recently Ron
Howard's Da Vinci Code.
Located in the Hotel Sale, this museum showcases the works of Pablo
Picasso. The Picasso collection ranges from sketchbooks to finished
masterpieces, sculptures, drawings, and ceramics. The museum even has a
number of artworks that Picasso painted after his seventieth birthday!
Pont des Arts
The Pont des Arts is a footbridge that connects the entrance of
the Louvre with the Institut Francais. Made of steel and wood, this
walkway has seven arches. The view from this walkway is extremely
picturesque. One can even see the spires of Notre Dame from this
This network of tunnels situated 20 metres underground is
infamous for being the burial place for some six million Parisians. At
the end of the eighteenth century, under Haussmann's plans for
modernising Paris, bones from Paris' cemeteries were placed in the
catacombs. The arrangement of the bones is both macabre and yet at the
same time artistic in nature. The French Resistance movement used the
catacombs to travel around Paris during the Second World War. The
Germans even built an underground bunker in the catacombs under Lycee
Montaigne high school.
River Seine Cruise
Paris has always been considered to be a city of romance. One of the
most romantic things to do in Paris is to take an evening cruise on the
Seine. The cruise will take you across some of Paris's notable
landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel tower. There
are cruises every thirty minutes.
Arenes de Lutece
This is an arena where Roman gladiators used to battle. One of the sole
remaining examples of Gallo which is a type of Roman architecture, the
Arenes de Lutece dates back to the first century A.D. This arena could
seat around 10,000 spectators. Today, the arena has a garden and is a
favourite place for skateboarders. Surrounded by Parisian buildings it
is hard to imagine that it was once the centre for such a violent and