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Top Attractions

Paris is a very beautiful city with full of architectures, monuments and museums that attracts a lot of visitors across the globe. There are few top attractions because of which people from different parts of the world come to visit Paris.

EIFFEL TOWER

Attractions in ParisThe major attraction of Paris is its Eiffel Tower. You possibly could not visit Paris without visiting the Eiffel tower. Even if you are not visiting the Eiffel tower you will see the top of the tower from all the parts of the city. Inaugurated on 31st march 1889 the Eiffel tower was the tallest structure of the world until the completion of the Chrysler Building in 1931. The structure took 2 yrs to complete about 12,000 iron rods were designed separately to give the shape that was required and about 7 million nails were used. Thus Eiffel tower has become the symbol of Paris. Now nobody can imagine Paris without the Eiffel tower in fact it has become the symbol of the city of Light.

LOUVRE MUSEUM

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Another top attraction of Paris is Louvre Museum. The Louvre was originally a palace but now it has become one of the largest and most visited museum of the world. It was originally a Royal Palace but later it was converted into a museum in the end of 18th century. Louvre museum is also a great attraction a sit is located in the heart of the city. There are about 35,000 objects on display spread across three wings across the palace. The museum has varied collections from paintings to sculptures. It not only has European paintings but also has Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Oriental art. Some of the most famous works of art in the museum are the Venus of Milo, the Nike of Samothrake, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and of course Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

Attractions in ParisNotre Dame cathedral is another famous attraction of Paris. Though it is not the largest cathedral of the world but it is the most famous Cathedrals of the world. The masterpiece is located on the Lie de la cite a small island in the heart of the city. The site of the Notre dame is the cradle of Paris and has always been the religious center of the city. The Cathedral was completed in the year 1345. It is 128m long (420 ft) with two 69 meter tall towers (226 ft). The spire, which reaches 90m (295 ft), was added in the 19th century by Viollet-le-Duc. The Notre-Dame Cathedral has several large rose windows, the northern 13th century window is the most impressive. During the Revolution, many of the cathedral’s sculptures, gargoyles and interior was removed or demolished.

VERSAILLES PALACE

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The magnificent Château de Versailles is a testimony of the Sun King’s extravaganza. The Palace and its magnificent formal garden became the model for palaces in Europe. The town of Versailles sits about 20 kilometers outside of Paris. Today, visitors to Versailles can visit much of the interior of this spectacular palace, as well as its world-famous garden. The Palace has several attractions that attracts a lot of visitors. The Hall of Mirrors is one of the most famous attraction which is known as as Some call this Louis XIV’s most notable contribution to Versailles. The main feature of the hall is the seventeen mirrored arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows which look out onto Versailles equally magnificent garden, and Royal Opera which is the second most beautiful attraction is fashioned entirely from wood, making it one of the most acoustically “live” theaters in the world.

The Garden

Attractions in ParisAt 100 hectare (about 250 acre), the garden of the Versailles Palace is Europe’s largest palace garden. It was created in the 17th century by landscape gardener André Le Nôtre who designed what could be considered the formal French garden. The garden is laid out in a geometric pattern of paths, bushes, flowerbeds and trees. There are also several fountains that makes the garden beautiful. There are also a couple of smaller palaces in the garden, the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon. Some 10,000 people worked in the Versailles Palace, so privacy was minimal. Hence King Louis XIV ordered the construction of the Grand Trianon.

CHAMPS-ELYSÉES

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This impressive promenade stretches from the Place the la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, the site of the Arc de Triomphe at its western end the Champs-Elysées is bordered by cinemas, theaters, cafés and luxury shops. The Champs-Elysées is used for all the major celebrations. This is where Parisians celebrate New Year’s Eve and where the military parades are held on the 14th of July. Historic national events, like the Liberation at the end of the second World War or the victory in the World Cup football were also celebrated on this wide avenue. The Champs-Elysées started to attract more and more restaurants and hotels, especially after 1900 when the Paris métro line nr 1 reached the Etoile station. The latest redesign of the prestigious avenue was done in 1994 by Bernard Huet. The side lanes were converted into pedestrian zones, an underground parking lot was created and new trees were planted. Cars now only occupy half the width of this grand avenue.

SACRÉ-COEUR

Attractions in ParisThe Sacré-Coeur Basilica is one of Paris’s major tourist draws. The majestic building is located on top of the Montmartre hill. Construction of the Basilica started in 1876 with Abadie as the lead architect. When Paul Abadie died in 1884, he was succeeded by Lucien Magne, who added an 83 meter (272 ft) tall clock tower. The Savoyarde clock installed here is one of the world’s largest. Due to its location on the Montmartre hill, the basilica towers over the city, it is the highest point even higher than the top of the Eiffel Tower.Thanks to this prominent location the Sacré-Coeur Basilica is one of the most noticeable landmarks in Paris. The Sacré-Coeur Basilica has managed to keep its beaming white color even in the polluted air of a big city like Paris. This can be attributed to the Château-Landon stones which were used for the construction of the Sacré-Coeur. Thus it is one of the major attractions of Paris.

JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG

Attractions in ParisThe Jardin du Luxembourg is probably the most popular park in Paris. The park, 22,45 hectare large (about 55 acres), was originally owned by the duke of Luxemburg, hence the name. The domain was purchased in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, mother of Louis XIII. The gardens were laid out in Italian style on request of Marie de’ Medici. At the center of the park is an octagonal pond, known as the Grand Bassin. Around the pond are nice lawns and alleys, all laid out in a geometrical pattern. Numerous statues, including the Statue of Saint Geneviève – patroness of Paris – adorn the park. The Jardin du Luxembourg features two noteworthy fountains. The most famous one is the Fontaine de Medicis, a romantic baroque fountain designed in 1624. At the southern end of the park, at an extension known as the Jardins de l’Observatoire, is another fountain, the Fontaine de l’Observatoire designed by Davioud, Carpaux and Frémiet in 1873. Thus is also a great attraction for the visitors who visit Paris.

PONT NEUF

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Paradoxically, the Pont Neuf (French for ‘New Bridge’) is the oldest bridge in Paris. The Pont Neuf is also Paris’s best known bridge and together with the Pont Alexandre III, one of its most beautiful. It wasn’t until 1607 statue of Henry IV before the bridge was officially opened by King Henry IV, who named the bridge ‘Pont Neuf’. For its time, the 232m (761ft) long and 22m (72ft) wide Pont Neuf was a modern bridge with several innovations. The Pont Neuf was the first bridge in Paris without houses built on it. It was also the first bridge with pavements which made it an immediate hit with the Parisians who used the bridge as a meeting place. Especially the semicircular areas near the pavement were ideal for socializing. The Pont Neuf actually consists of two different bridge spans, one on each side of the Île de la Cité, where the Place du Pont Neuf connects the two spans. The bridge has a total of 12 arches, with one span of seven arches joining the right bank and another span of five arches connecting Île de la Cité with the left bank.

PALAIS ROYAL

Attractions in ParisAt the time the palace was known as the Palais Cardinal; it became a royal palace after the Cour d’Honneur cardinal bequeathed the building to King Louis XIII.The palace is not open to the public, but you can visit the courtyard and the garden. The courtyard, known as Cour d’Honneur, is Jardin du Palais Royal dominated by a large sculpture by Daniel Buren, installed in 1986. It consists of 280 black and white striped truncated columns. Adjacent to the courtyard is the Jardin du Palais Royal, the palace’s garden. The garden is formally laid out around a central fountain. It is a quiet refuge in the heart of the city. The current garden is somewhat smaller than originally designed in 1630 for Cardinal Richelieu due to the construction of 60 arcaded buildings on three sides of the park by Louis-Philippe d’Orléans in 1874. The buildings around the garden now house restaurants, deli shops and galleries.

RODIN MUSEUM

Attractions in ParisThis museum, a tribute to France’s most famous sculptor, is a must see for anyone who loves the works of Auguste Rodin. Musée Rodin (The Rodin Museum) is located in an 18th century mansion where the artist once lived and worked, tucked behind a walled garden away from the hubbub of the city. The building is located next to the Invalides,Rodin Museum the location of the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Upon entering the museum premises, one will immediately lay eyes on Rodin’s most famous sculpture.In all, the Rodin Museum owns about 6,600 sculptures, all by Rodin. Hôtel Biron, and the Villa des Brillants in Meudon, a home that Rodin had owned since 1895. The sculptures are fashioned from terracotta, plaster, bronze, marble, wax, molten glass, and stoneware. The bronze and marble sculptures are kept at the Paris location, including “The Kiss”, Rodin’s other famous work.Rodin also painted before he sculpted and many of these paintings are found at the Rodin Museum.

Thus we can say that Paris has few famous places of attraction that attracts a lot of people across the globe.People from different parts of the world come to Paris to enjoy the beauty of this beautiful city.Here are only few places of attraction that is listed above but the list is endless.

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