A Visit to Paris

Paris is one of the most well known cities in the world. Tourists flock from all over the world to visit this historic city. But why? Following are some of the most historic places you can visit when you plan your trip to Paris, France.

The Eiffel Tower

 The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic structures in the world. It was built in 1889 and was created to be the entrance into the 1889 World Fair. When it was built it was the tallest building in the world, a title that it held for over 40 years.

Today, you can visit the Eiffel Tower and visit the restaurants located on the first and second levels. Each of these levels can be reached by either stairs or an elevator. The third level only available by means of elevators. Each level gives breath-taking views of the city.

The Louvre

The Louvre is one of the most well known art museums in the world and is home to some of the most famous pieces of art in the world, including da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and works by Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Johannes Vermeer. The Louvre was originally built as a fortress in the 12th Century and was repeatedly extended until it reached the size it is today. It is the most visited museum in the world, averaging 15,000 visitors daily.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe was created in honor of those who perished in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. It was completed between 1833 and 1836. The French Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I is housed in this historic location. You are able to take an elevator to near the top where there is a museum which tells of its history. You are also able to take a flight of stairs to the top of the Arc, from which you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of the city.

Champs Elysees (shopping, Tour de France)

The Champs Elysees is one of the most famous streets in the world, as well as one of the most expensive places to own property. It is filled with shops ranging from Nike and the Disney Store to Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss, restaurants, and other places to visit. It is also home to the Arc de Triomphe and, if you are lucky enough to be there on July 22nd, it is the ending of the last stage of the Tour de France, the famed bicycle race that runs throughout all of France.

The Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame Cathedral is a French Gothic cathedral that was finished in 1345 and is widely considered to be one of the best examples of its kind. It contains an organ with 7,800 pipes, some of which date back to the 18th century. This is also the setting for Victor Hugo’s famed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Musee d’Orsay

The Musee d’Orsay is a museum in Paris containing primarily French art dating back to 1898, including works from such famous artists and Monet, renoir, and Van Gogh. Originally built as a railway station, by 1939, the station was outdated as the platforms no longer suited the trains that were in service. By 1970, plans were in place to tear down the building to build a new hotel, but it was saved and placed on the list of Historic Monuments. Plans to turn it into a museum were started in 1974 and the Musee d’Orsay was opened in 1986.

Resources to help you on your journey:

Fodor’s 2012 Paris

Let’s Go Budget Paris: The Student Travel Guide

Paris: The Collected Traveler

 

Photo Credits:

Eiffel Tower

The Louvre

Arc de Triomphe

The Notre Dame Cathedral

Champs Elysees

Musee d’Orsay

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