Paris is a beautiful city which has a wealth of places to visit with art galleries and museums, magnificent buildings and monuments and a range of distinctive landmarks known all over the world.
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Some of the best known places to visit in the City include the following:
The Eiffel Tower
One of the most well known landmarks in Paris is the Eiffel Tower, the massive iron tower built by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel in 1889. It is the city’s tallest construction, standing at 324 metres in height, and can be seen for miles around and has come to be synonymous with the city. Visitors can climb the stairs or go up the lifts to the first, second and third floors of the Tower to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city and all its beautiful landmarks, and at night the Tower is illuminated with a magnificent glow of lights.
The Arc de Triomph
Another impressive landmark in the City, the Arc de Triomph, was built by Napoleon in 1806 to honour those who fought for the country during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War is situated under the vault. The arch has come to be an important site in the country for patriotic meetings including the parade on Bastille Day each year. The Neo-Classical architecture is based on the ancient Roman triumphal arches and you can see the beautiful sculptures and intricate friezes of this splendid monument.
Notre Dame Cathedral
This is one of the City’s most famous Cathedrals, dates to the 12th century and is built in splendid Gothic architecture. Visitors can admire the many features of the building which include the impressive western facade with huge towers and statues of kings from the Old Testament, along with the distinctive gargoyles. There are beautiful stained glass windows including the rose windows which still have their original glass from the 1200’s.
This iconic Museum is housed in the beautiful Louvre Palace with a vast and varied range of exhibits to see. The collections here date from prehistory to present and include ancient Egyptian artefacts such as mummies, jewellery and art. The huge collections also include ancient Sumerian and Persian artefacts, Greek and Roman sculptures, Islamic art such as ceramics and textiles, medieval exhibits and 16th century tapestries. The paintings in the Museum range from the 1200’s to the mid 19th century, and include works by artists such as Delacroix, Vermeer, Caspar David Friedrich, Rembrandt, Bellini, Caravaggio, van Dyck and Poussin, and is home to the world famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Built in the 18th century, this mausoleum is an impressive Neo-Classical building which has a splendid facade based on the Pantheon in the city of Rome, and has a portico with beautiful Corinthian columns and pediment, along with a superb interior with beautiful sculptures. In the crypt lie notable people including Rousseau, Louis Braille, Marie Curie and Voltaire.
The Musee d’Orsay
In this Museum, situated in a former railway station and listed building, you can see a wide range of mostly French art from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century. Among the impressive art works to be seen here are a large collection of paintings by impressionist and post-impressionist artists such as Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh, and among the sculptures are works by sculptors including Rodin and Gauguin.
Musee National d’Art Moderne
Housed in the Pompidou Centre, this national museum of modern art has a huge collection of modern and contemporary art, including mediums of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs. You can see many modern art styles here such as Surrealism, Expressionism and Abstract, and includes works by artists including Picasso, Signac, Matisse, Pollock, Bacon and Rothko.
The Palais Garnier
You can see this 19th century Opera House built by Charles Garnier, with its beautiful architecture and facade with busts in bronze of a number of famous composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Rossini, beautiful sculptures, and friezes made of marble. Inside is the majestic Grand Staircase and above that beautiful ceiling paintings which include scenes from ancient Greek mythology, and the Grand Foyer with stunning ceiling paintings and chandeliers.
The Tuileries Garden
This historic garden was originally created in the mid 16th century for the Tuileries Palace and after the French Revolution it was designated a public park. The Garden is a lovely space to visit and you can see the Grand Bassin Octagonal with its fountain, The Orangerie and there are a number of sculptures in the Park including those by Auguste Rodin.
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