Paris never fails to delight us with its impeccable charm and character. It is called the City of Lights for its contributions to the development of art during the 18th Century and because it is the first city in Europe to use gas lights for lighting up the streets. There is no place in Europe like Paris where history, culture, and art are intertwined together in perfect harmony. As a result, Paris continues to be one of the top destinations in the world for visitors.
Its many attractions like monuments, museums, and historical places are known all over the world. They are located in close proximity to many of the municipal arrondissements of Paris. For visitors on Paris tours, these attractions are must-see ones to include in their itineraries. Visiting them will certainly offer the visitors with a rich insight into the past and the memorable incidents and works of art that shaped it. The following are top 10 must-visit attractions in Paris.
The Eiffel Tower
Towering 324 meters high, the Eiffel Tower has come to represent the symbol of Paris. In fact, the monument is the most distinctive aspect of Paris that stands high above its city. Ascending the Eiffel Tower can offer the visitors with a spectacular view of the cityscape of Paris. Constructed for honoring the French Revolution, this remarkable structure was designed by Gustave Eiffel and was presented to the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889.
The Louvre Museum
Currently the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre is one place visitors should visit during their Paris tours. It houses some rare treasures and antiquities sourced from all over the world. Its eight departments deal with different cultures like Egyptian, Oriental, Roman, Arabic, etc., and exhibit the prominent antiquities from these cultures. Art lovers will find its immense collection of art, sculpture, and antiquities a truly delighting experience.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a true marvel of French Gothic architecture. Located on the Île de la Cité, this cathedral is a must-visit one due to its rich historical legacy and exquisite architecture. Completed in 1345, the cathedral is also popular due to its mentioning in the famous literary work ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ by Victor Hugo. The towers are accessible for the visitors and offer a good panoramic view of the region.
Another spectacular place to visit in Paris is the hill neighborhood of Montmartre. It contains the noted Basilica of the Sacred Heart atop that offers a good view across. The Square of Tertre is one prominent area in Montmartre that is still a flourishing hub of art. Visitors can also look for the Espace Salvador Dali museum to discover the many paintings, sculpture, and drawings of the legendary surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
The Latin Quarter
Located in the left bank of the Seine, the Latin Quarter is one major area to visit in Paris. Besides its numerous cafes and restaurants, the area has several educational institutions and is the place of residence of many students. It derives its name from the Latin Language that was once prominently taught in the University. Located in the Latin Quarter are some of the most impressive attractions in Paris such as the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon, Arnes de Lutece, etc.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is one major attraction in Paris and the biggest arc in the world. Commissioned by Napoleon to celebrate his victory this arc has some remarkable sculptures that decorate its pillars. On top of the arc are engraved the names of 558 general and major victories. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of France is located under the Arc de Triomphe.
Palace of Versailles
One of the most notable castles in France, this 17th Century lavish palace is definitely a must-visit place during Paris tours. It has a network of buildings, gardens, and terraces that will delight any visitor. Besides, the palace also has some exquisite decorations, collections of Renaissance art and furniture.
The most famous cabaret in the world, the Moulin Rouge is a great attraction of Paris. Located in the Montmartre, Moulin Rouge is the home of the French Cancan. It attracts a large number of visitors due to its numerous performances and atmosphere. Moulin Rouge is one place that visitors must surely visit while in Paris.
Described as the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs Avenue is one notable attraction of Paris. This tree-lined avenue extends to over a mile in length and connects notable attractions like the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. Champs Elysees has numerous restaurants, luxury saloons, boutique, designer shops, and nightclubs.
A cruise along the Seine River is definitely the best way to enjoy Paris. Cruising through the Seine at night offers a spectacular view of the thriving nightlife of Paris. Besides, it is a great way to see many other prominent places in Paris.