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Top 10 attractions that are a can’t-miss during your visit to Paris

Mahfouz Ali

Paris the city of lights offers something for everyone from shopping to beautiful bows out architecture, This city is a magical fairy-tale alive in the 21st century, with so much to see and do it can be a bit overwhelming as to where to start, This is the reason why on our website we created 30 more Posts about the city including food in Paris, Paris at night, Paris with kids and more but for now let’s count down the top 10 attractions that are a can’t-miss during your visit to this magical city :

10 :  the pantheon

From flickr by Team Thomson

located in the Latin Quarter in Paris and a short walk from Jardin de Luxembourg, This one-time Church now functions as a secular mausoleum housing the remains of some of the most distinguished French citizens including Victor Hugo and Mary Curie, but it’s not what’s located underneath the pantheon that’s a must-see attraction, the 360 degree panoramic views of the city are some of the best in all of Paris, and with shorter wait times than that of the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Pantheon can save you valuable time if you’re on a tight schedule.

9 : The arc de triomphe:

Arc de Triomphe at Night – Paris, FR – From Flicker – Josh Hallett

located at the western end of the famous Champs-Elysees, The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historical axis which extends from the louvre to the arc, Check out our website for more posts about special tours in this area, The Arc de Triomphe is accessible by both the RER train and metro stations, A lift takes visitors to the top, you can enjoy a small Museum of the arc and of course take in some breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

How to Visit the Arc de Triomphe and climb to the top without waiting.

8 : Tuileries garden:

The Tuileries Gardens, Paris. – From Flicker by Roland Turner

located between the Louvre Museum and the place de la concorde, this public garden is a great place to take a break and relax after a long walk down the Champs-Elysees or after a long day of visiting the Louvre, it also offers a number of activities for children giving parents a chance to relax, for more information about visiting Paris with children check out our special posts on our website, and learn how visiting Paris doesn’t mean having to leave the kids at home.

7:  Centre Pompidou:

Centre Georges Pompidou – from Flicker by CDDinosaur

located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil, and the Marais, Centre Pompidou is the largest Modern Art Museum in all of Europe, the plots Georges Pompidou which is located in the front of the museum his famous ford street performers and in the spring it is home to miniature carnivals featuring a wide variety of bands caricature and sketch artists see just the thing to keep the kids happy after a long visit through the museum.

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6 :  Versailles

The Palace of Versailles - Paris
The Palace of Versailles – Paris

while not centrally located in Paris if you can only fit in one day trip during your visit make it to the palace to Versailles located 30 minutes outside of Paris via the RER train.

Versailles is the most luxurious and historic royal Chateau in all of France. be sure to do your research on the many things to do while at Versailles before you go, as it is so massive that you’re assured to miss some hidden treasures.

If you are not prepared before your trip for people with a limited time in Paris you should consider skipping this attraction as it does eat up a full day of your time when visiting Versailles.

5 : sacre-coeur

Sacre coeur - Paris
Sacre coeur – Paris

Atop the hill of Montmartre, the Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur is one of the emblematic monuments of Paris. This building has one of the most astonishing views over Paris.

Nested upon its 130-meter-high hill, the basilica, built in a Romano-Byzantine style, is an architectural masterwork. It is composed of four minor domes and a central dome culminating at 83 meters. The secret of this monument is its giant bell, one the biggest in the world.

The Sacré-Coeur was built in 1873 after a decision of the French National Assembly to build a place to commemorate the victims of the war of 1871 between France and Prussia.

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Besides the view, the building holds many secrets too, and when you enter you will be struck by the beauty of the 480m² mosaic on the floor. You can also visit the crypt. Finally, if climbing the stairs of Montmartre was not enough, you can choose to go even higher to the dome of the Basilica and admire the best face of Paris from the summit.

4 : opera

paris opera
paris opera
Dive into the fascinating world of the Opéra Garnier, which was designed by Napoleon III, and built by Charles Garnier, a young architect with little experience who became known internationally by Gaston Leroux and his Phantom of the Opera. A symbol of Paris, it is the only active theatre in the world to be both a place of art as well as a magnificent building bursting with history. As always, the Opera house today is itself an artwork and a true architectural gem, with its imperial crown dome fancy theater curtain through which one can glide to reach the grand staircase. Under the Palais Garnier dome, among the gilding and red velvet, the monumental fresco by Marc Chagall is striking and unusual in its modernity. The windows of the Grand Foyer, overlooking the avenue are every bit as good as the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. The Opéra Garnier is an architectural masterpiece and an absolute must-see.

3 : Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral - Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris

One of the most enduring symbols of Paris: Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic cathedral is located on the eastern half of the Ile de la Cité. It is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and Europe. Begun in 1163 and completed in 1345, this cathedral is a sight with its portals surrounded by his many sculptures and gargoyles that adorn the roof.

We advise you to walk around the cathedral, then go inside and climb the 387 steps to the top of the towers. The climb to the top of the towers can be exhausting, but you will get a panoramic view of the region and see the famous gargoyles up close.

2 : The Louvre

the Louvre
the Louvre

The Louvre must be one of the most famous museums in the world. It was the palace of the kings of France and it allows you today to discover through its numerous collections occidental art from Middle Ages to 1848, as well as antique civilizations.

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You will find major works of sculpture, such as the Winged Victory of Samothrace or the Venus de Milo, or paintings like The Raft of the Medusa of Géricault.

We advise you to prepare your visit by checking the website of the Museum: the Louvre is so big you might easily lose yourself, in the literal and figurative sense. And of course you will see the portrait of Lisa Gherardini, better known as Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci. La Gioconda is representative of the museum; it is a painting full of mysteries, just like the Louvre.

1  : Eiffel Tower

Eiffel tower - Paris
Eiffel tower – Paris

As it is without a doubt the most famous attraction in all of Paris, it is also the most populated especially on the weekends. so it is best to visit the Eiffel Tower on weekdays and you must book your tickets in advance, if you want to travel to the top of the tower wait lines can exceed four hours, and for those with the limited amount of time in Paris can find themselves there for the entire day, these were our top ten attractions in all of Paris.

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