Leading Tourist Attractions in Paris

You may be confused when you make your first visit to Paris, because it is very difficult to decide which attraction to visit first. You can see the beauty and the history of Paris in every street corner. Also, you can get a long list of museums and historic monuments in the city. Every place in the city is worth visiting, but it is important to find the major tourist attractions for the first-time visitors and people who tour with tight schedules. Here we are going to describe you about the city’s best tourist attractions with aesthetic appeal and historical importance. If you want to find Paris’ most important and famous locations before discovering in more detail, this information will help you determine what to see and what to do first.

Hint – If you are planning to visit several places we describe below, make sure to purchase the Paris Museum Pass. It is a great time and money saver because it allows you to enter to the most popular attractions and museums in the city.

1. The Louvre

    You may need your lifetime to get an in-depth knowledge about the Louvre. However, you need to start from somewhere. This site has the world’s largest and most different collection of sculpture, paintings and decorative objects which belong to pre-20th century. This is one of the most popular attractions in the city. We cannot forget great paintings and sculptures like Mona Lisa, bask in the works of Vermeer, the Venus de Milo, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio.  The Louvre presents a rich history starting from the medieval period.

    The Louvre


    2. Notre Dame Cathedral

      Your Paris trip will not complete without visiting this place. Notre Dame Cathedral is a place with wonders of Gothic architecture. This can be identified as the most beautiful and one of the most singular cathedrals of Europe. Its remarkable towers, stained glass, the spire, and statues will create a breathtaking moment. During the medieval period, this was considered as the heart of the Paris. It took over 100 years to complete. It is necessary to climb the North tower if you want to see Paris from the hunchback Quasimodo’s vantage. By visiting this site, you will definitely realize that why this is at the top of the list in Paris tourist attractions.

      Notre Dame Cathedral


      3. Eiffel Tower

        This is the most elegant and attractive landmark in modern Paris. The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the World Exposition which was held in 1889. This iconic tower was extremely unpopular with Parisians when it was revealed, and was nearly split down.  This has become the most essential tourist attraction the city. Now, we cannot image about Paris without the Eiffel Tower. It has already attracted more than 220 million visitors. It also decorates the night sky of the Paris with its festive lights.

        Eiffel Tower


        4. Musée d’Orsay

          You can walk over the bridge to the Musée d’Orsay from the Louvre. You will see the connection between modern and classical art. The Musée d’Orsay has a collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Its three floors contain a number of modern wonders including Degas’ ethereal dances, Monet’s water lilies and Gaugin’s leafy jungles. These are major works of Van Gogh, Delacroix, and Manet.

          Musée d’Orsay


          5. The Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter

            Sorbonne University founded in 1257 for a small group of theology students. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe and is a historic place in the Latin Quarter. It was the birthplace of countless scholars including philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre, René Descartes, and Simone de Beauvoir. Visitors can enjoy some drinks from the cafeteria in front of the university before visit this marvelous place.

            The Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter


            6. Arc du Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées

              The Arc du Triomphe was built by emperor Napoléon I for military purposes. As he expected, this place still reminds the visitor of military power and the smell of victory.   This is a 164-foot tall arc, and it was built in an age when leaders constructed typical monuments in their own respect. Beautiful sculptures and monuments on the arc remember Napoléon’s generals and soldiers. Visit the Arc du Triomphe to start or end a walk down the similarly ostentatious Avenue des Champs-Elysées. You will get an impressive experience through these places.

              Arc du Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées


              7. Centre Georges Pompidou and the “Beaubourg” neighbourhood

                The Centre Georges Pompidou is considered as the cultural pulse of the city. This modern art gallery and social center located in the area are called as Beaubourg by locals. It was opened in 1977 to admire President Georges Pompidou. The Center’s signature emaciated design, which evokes bones and blood vessels, is either appreciated or hated. If weird design is not your cup of tea, the everlasting collection at the National Museum of Modern Art features works by Matisse and Modigliani. You can see a wonderful arrangement of rooftop views, as well.

                Centre Georges Pompidou and the “Beaubourg” neighbourhood


                8. Sacre Coeur and Montmartre

                  Sacre Coeur is located in the highest place in the city on the Montmartre hill with its wonderful white ground.  This basilica is very famous for its garish gold mosaic interiors and dramatic terrace. It was declared sacred in 1909. Visitors can have a wonderful city view from there on a clear day. You can go to the Sacre Coeur by metro and spend some time in there before accessing the windy village-like streets of Montmartre. After having extraordinary fun on Montmartre’s formidable hills and stairs, you can go to the legendary Moulin Rouge and enjoy a traditional Parisian cabaret.

                  Sacre Coeur and Montmartre


                  9. Boat Tour of the Seine River

                    Include a boat ride on the Seine River to have a stunning experience during your visit. This will add more fun to your tour while visiting the beautiful sites in Paris.  You can have a one-hour boat ride for just 10 Euros. Companies like Bateaux Parisiens and Bateaux-Mouches provide boat tours on the Seine River. You can jump on near the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. The night tour will give more fun because you can see the sparkling play of light on the water. Make sure to dress warmly when joining with boat rides because the wind from off the Seine can be frosty. You can also have some boat rides through canals and waterways of Paris to see the hidden beauty of the city.

                    Boat Tour of the Seine River


                    10. Père Lachaise Cemetery

                      Paris has many elegiac cemeteries, but the Père Lachaise Cemetery beats them all. Many worlds’ famous characters are buried there. The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, the French playwright Molière, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde and Richard Wright are some of them. You can see the generously designed crypts by climbing to the top of the cemetery on a sunny day. This will be joyful and surprising activity.

                      Père Lachaise Cemetery


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                      Jan 17, 2013 by Dennis

                      You know the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre are the ones I've always wanted to see there. The Sacre Coeur and Montmartre is something else new. It was never on my list of places I want to visit when we go there until now.

                      www.allparishotels.net , USA 4.0 4.0 1 1 You know the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre are the ones I've always wanted to see there. The Sacre Coeur and Montmartre is something else new. It was never on my list of places I wan

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