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Attractions in Paris

Attractions in Paris

EIFFEL TOWER – is the highest building in France. Tower is tall at more than 300m (324m). Whole construction was made only in 2 years (1887-1889) by a French engineer Gustav Eiffel. Tower was created especially for the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. At the top of the tower there is a exclusive restaurant Jules Verne. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world.

Address:
Tour Eiffel, Paris
Metro stations:
M° 6 Trocadero, Bir Hakeim, Dupleix
M° 9 Trocadero
M° 8 Ecole Militaire

Train:
RER C: Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel


ELYSIAN FIELDS – it’s the most representative alley of Paris connecting Triumphal Arch with Place de la Concorde. It is known for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, and for the military parade that takes place each year on the avenue on 14 July to celebrate Bastille Day. The name is French for the Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. The French proudly nickname this world-famous avenue "la plus belle avenue du monde" ("the world's most beautiful avenue").

Address:
Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris


NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL – one of the most famous and most beautiful gothic building in the World. Known from famous novel written by Victor Hugo “ The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. Erected on one of the Seine island “Ile de France”. Start of the construction took place in 1163r. but the building was finished 200 years later. Building was contracted by bishop Maurice de Sully. At the top of the building we can se outstanding view of the city. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture..
From 2006 place in front of cathedral is called for the Pope Jan Paweł II - Parvis Notre-Dame - place Jean-Paul II.

Address:
Place du Parvis Notre-Dame,Paris

Metro:
M° 4 Cité, Saint-Michel
M° 1, 11 Hôtel de Ville
M° 10 Maubert-Mutualité, Cluny – La Sorbonie
M° 7, 11 i 14 Châtelet

Train:
RER B i C: Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame


BASILICA SACRE-COEUR – created at the top of the hill in Montmartre, at the north of Paris. Citizens who survived in the French-Prussian war because of archbishop of Paris asked for the construction. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919. At the top of the building you can travel by line-train (normal metro ticket price) or by a twisted staircase. From the top of the hill you will have perfect view of the whole city. Inside the building there is a heaviest bell in Paris “Savoyarde”- 19 tons of pure steal with 500kg heart. When you passed the basilica you will meet many artists. Close to Place du Tertre you can enter to Salvador Dali museum.

Address:

35, rue de Chevalier de la Barre, Paris

Metro:

M° 2 Abbesses, Anders


CHAPELLE DE LA MEDAILLE MIRACULEUSE – the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is an important place of prayer and pilgrimage that draws believers from all over the world who wish prayerfully reflect and ask for Virgin’s Mary protection. The chapel was built in 1815 and was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1830 it was privileged with the extraordinary events  of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to Sister Catherine Labouré that marked it forever. The words and images on the front of the medal express a message with three tightly connected aspects. “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.” Mary’s identity is explicitly revealed to us here: the Virgin Mary is immaculate from the moment of her conception. The power behind her intercession for those who pray to her comes from this privilege derived from the merits of the Passion of her Son Jesus Christ. This is why the Virgin invites everyone to have recourse to her in the difficulties of life.

Address:

140, rue du Bac, Paris

Metro:

M° 10, 12 Sèvres - Babylone


PERE LACHAISE – is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris (44 hectares or 110 acres). Place for rest of many known people like: Molier (25*), Balzak (48), Gioacchino Rossini (4), Edith Piaf (97), Jim Morrison (6), Eugène Delacroix (49) , Victor Hugo (27), Proust (85), Oscar Wilde (89) , Yves Montant (44),Maria Callas (87), Georges Haussmann (4), François Arago (4), Alexandre Ledru-Rollin (4). On that graveyard famous polish people are resting : Chopin (11), Cyprian Kamil Norwid, Józef Wysocki (61).. Almost 70 graves are covered in priceless pieces of art. Its good to buy a cemetery map when you want to walk trough the place.

Address:

16 rue du Repos, Paris

Metro:

M° 2,3 Père Lachaise, Philippe Auguste


PLACE DE LA CONCORDE – The Place was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 as a moat-skirted octagon between the Champs-Élysées to the west and the Tuileries Garden to the east. Decorated with statues and fountains, the area was named Place Louis XV to honor the king at that time. The square showcased an equestrian statue of the king, which had been commissioned in 1748 by the city of Paris, sculpted mostly by Edmé Bouchardon, and completed by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle after the death of Bouchardon. The center of the Place is occupied by a giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II. It is one of two the Egyptian government gave to the French in the 19th century.


TRIUMPHAL ARCH – erected by the will of Napoleon who wanted to celebrate battle of French army under Austerlitz in 1805. He never saw the Arch itself. Construction plan was accepted in 1809 and finished 30 years later. Triumphal Arch is on the place Charles de Gaulla. You have to see on of the most beautiful piece of art there “La Marseillaise”. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I..

Address:

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Metro:

M°1,2,6 Charles de Gaulle Etole

Train:

RER A: Charles de Gaulle Etoile


STATUE OF LIBERTY – copy of statue in New York. Based on the island (Ile des Cignes) above Seine river close to Eiffel Tower. 4 times smaller than the original (4 tons, 11,5m). From 1984 statue is on the Global Heritage List of UNESCO.Work of French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi by design of steal construction of Gustav Eiffel and the plan of pedestal by Richard Morris Hunt. First plan was based by a particular painting made by Eugène Delacroix. Bartholdi gave to the statue facial features of his mother and body shape of his lover. First version of the statue was given to the authorities of Paris.Original Statue of Liberty was given by France to USA on the anniversary of USA Independence.

Address:

Ile de Cignes, Paris

Metro:

M°10 Javel-André Citroën

Train:

RER C Ravel


CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU – it’s on of the most known art and culture complex in the world. Apart from the museum of National d'Art Moderne and public library it contains cinemas , restaurants, exhibitions and many more. Also is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil and the Marais. It was designed in the style of high-tech architecture by the architectural team of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, along with Gianfranco Franchini.

Address:

Place Georges Pompidou, Paris

Metro:

M° 11 Rambuteau, M° 1, 4, 7, 11, 14 Châtelet M° 1, 11 Hotel de Ville

Train:

RER A Châtelet Les Halles


LE DEFENSE – is the biggest business centre in Europe. The biggest companies, shops and many more have their place here. Walk through the district and see almost 80 sculptures made by : Miro, Cesar, Kalder, Moretti, De Miller, Takis, Jung. Take a look at Dome IMAX cinema with ten times bigger screen than a regular cinema screen. The most popular place in La Defense is Grande Arche – big triumphal arch in the same line as Triumphal Arch. When you step inside you can find offices, restaurants, shops and many more. This building is 110m high.

Address:

1, place du parvis de La Défense, Paris

Metro:

M°1 La Défense Grande Arche

Train:

RER A La Défense

Tram:

RER C Musée d'Orscy


LOUVRE MUSEUM – its the old King palace and the biggest museum in the world covering space of 210,000m. Museum is gathering pieces of art from all around the world like: paintings, sculptures, graphics, archeological items and more. The most famous items are: Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Nice of Samothrace. We can find here big collections of art from Egypt, Greece, Roman and other places from the world. The main entrance is in shape of 20m pyramid made of glass. The sun is giving light to the main hall. Created by I.M. Pei – American architect with Chinese origins.

Address:

Musée du Louvre, Paris

Metro:

M° 1, Palais Royal/ Musée du Louvre