Paris Visit

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Landmarks

  • Arc de Triomphe (8th)— The Arc de Triomphe still exudes a certain grandeur despite the crowds of tourists and the tacky souvenir shops.
  • Arènes de Lutece (5th)— Built during the 1st and 2nd centuries, this amphitheater could seat up to 17,000 people, hosting gladiator fights as well as less bloody entertainment.
  • Assemblée Nationale (7th)— Seats the French Parliament, and was designed by Giardini and Gabriel in 1728.
  • Catacombs (14th)— Used to store the exhumed bones from the overflowing Paris cemetery.
  • Chateau de Versailles (Versailles)— France's most exquisite chateau, on the outskirts of the city. Was once the home to Louis XIV.
  • The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) (7th)— No other monument that better symbolizes Paris. Eiffel Tower
  • Grand Arche de la Défense (La Défense)— A modern office-building variant of the Arc de Triomphe. Has a viewing platform.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral Notre Dame Cathedral (4th)— Impressive Gothic cathedral that was the inspiration for Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Opera Garnier (9th)— Masterpiece of theatre architecture of the 19th century built by Charles Garnier and inaugurated in 1875 housing the Paris Opera since it was founded by Louis XIV.
  • Pantheon (5th)— Underneath, the final resting place for the great heroes of the French Republic including Voltaire, Victor Hugo, and Marie Curie; above, a marvellous view of the city.
  • Père-Lachaise Cemetery (20th)— See the grave of Jim Morrison amongst many others.
  • Sacré Coeur (18th)— A church perched on top of the highest point in Paris. Behind the church is the artists' area, in front are spectacular views of the whole city. Sacré Coeur
  • Sainte Chapelle (1st)— Far more beautiful than the famous, but gloomy, Notre Dame.


 

Museums and galleries

All national museums et monuments are free for all every first sunday of the month.

  • Le Musée de l'AP-HP, (5th)— Paris's medical history.
  • Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs, (1st)— Showcasing eight centuries of French savoir faire.
  • Carnavalet (3rd)— Museum of Paris history; exhibitions are permanent and free.
  • Centre Georges Pompidou Centre Georges Pompidou , (4th)— The great museum of modern art, the building an attraction in itself.
  • Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie - La Villette, (19th)— Science museum for adults and children.
  • Cluny, (5th)— Paris's medieval museum, housed in a part Roman, part medieval building.
  • Delacroix— National museum housed in the home of painter Eugene Delacroix.
  • Mémorial de la Shoah, (4th)— Paris's Holocaust Memorial Museum, in the heart of the Marais on rue Geoffroy l'Asnier. Free Entry, weekly guided tours. Second Sunday of the month there is a free tour in English.
  • Jacquemart-Andre Museum , (8th)— Private collection of French, Italian, Dutch masterpieces in a typical XIXth century mansion.
  • Picasso Museum, (3rd)— Contains the master's own collections. Visitor should note this museum will be closed until 2012 due to renovations of the building.
  • Les Invalides, (7th)— Museum of arms and armor from the Middle Ages to today. Also contains the tombs of Napoleon Bonaparte and other French military figures.
  • The Louvre, (1st)— One of the finest museums in the world of art, art-history, and culture. Home of the Mona Lisa.

  • Musée de l'Orangerie, (1st)— [Jardin des Tuileries] Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Chaim Soutine, Alfred Sisley.
  • Musée d'Orsay, (7th)— Home to the great artists of the 19th century (1848-1914). Incredible collection of Impressionist art housed in an old railway station. Every room you go into seems to have another incredibly popular painting. Degas'ballerinas, Monet's waterlillies, etc.
  • Musée Marmottan-Monet [38] (16th)[rue Louis Boilly]— Collection of works by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. "Impression Soleil Levant" by Monet is on display in this museum.
  • Musée National de la Marine, (16th)— From times of exploration to modern day vessels. Interesting but primarily in French.
  • Rodin Museum, (7th)— His personal collection and archives, in a charming hotel and sprawling garden.
  • Musée en Herbe (1st and 16th)— An art museum just for kids with hands-on exhibitions and workshops.



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