Paris is synonymous with all that is French. Known throughout the world as the “City of Lights”, Paris is celebrated for its beautiful city plan, its architecture, museums, bridges, cathedrals, parks, shopping, flea markets, sidewalk cafes, wide and luxurious boulevards, elegant cuisine, and numerous monuments.
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Paris is the city of many names like "The City of Love & Romance", but the most famous nickname is "La Ville-Lumière" ("The City of Light") the name it gained during the Age of Enlightenment. Paris is today one of the world’s leading centers for business, fashion, entertainment, art and culture. It has many of the world's most visited attractions, Among them, the Eiffel tower, the Louvre palace, the Notre-Dame cathedral and the near-by Versailles palace are truly unique. Here is an overview of the top tourist attractions in Paris:
Built in 1889 in celebration of the 1789French Revolution, it was once the tallest structure in the world. The Eiffel Tower is probably Europe's best known landmark and Paris's most famous symbol.
The Louvre Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. It is housed in the expansive Louvre Palace, situated in the 1st arrondissement, at the heart of Paris. The Louvre, originally a royal palace but now the world's most famous museum, is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art. Some of the museum's most celebrated works of art include the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo.
The site of the Notre dame is the cradle of Paris and has always been the religious center of the city. Not the largest cathedral in the world, the Notre-Dame might be the most famous of all cathedrals. The gothic masterpiece is located on the Île de la Cité, a small island in the heart of the city.
The Musée d'Orsay is a museum housed in a grand railway station built in 1900 opposite the Louvre Museum. Home to many sculptures and impressionist paintings, it has become one of Paris's most popular museums.
The Centre Pompidou is home to one of the world's most important museums of modern art, the MNAM, but it also contains a very popular library, a bookshop, a movie theater and a panoramic terrace. The Public Information Library or BPI boasts a collection of 450,000 books, 2,600 magazines and a large number of new media items.
Some of the other attractions of paris include:
|Arc de Triomphe||Sacré-Coeur||Versailles Palace||Champs-Elysées|
|Jardin du Luxembourg||Place de la Concorde||Orsay Museum||Place des Vosges|
|Opéra Garnier||Pont Neuf||Panthéon||Hôtel des Invalides|
|Muséum national d'histoire naturelle||Jardin des Tuileries||La Défense|