25 Top Tourist Attractions in Paris

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Place des Vosges

Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge night club is the birthplace of the world’s first –born this way” themed dance troupe.

It is now a non-profit cultural center and an entertainment center that hosts many of the world’s most popular dance shows continuously.

Artists like Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Britney Spears have all performed here.

This is the world’s most famous striptease bar and it is a classic spectacular.

When you visit, you can enjoy an amusing dinner, drinks at one of the best bars in the world, and then a fabulous evening show.

Conciergerie

Pantheon

The Pantheon is the oldest surviving monument of ancient Rome. It survived the passage of time almost intact. Built in the 2nd century AD by Agrippa, a former slave turned counselor to the emperor Augustus, it was used as a church in the 16th century. It was later turned into a monument and now plays an important role in the Parisian scene.

The original Pantheon, in Ancient Greece, was built in the middle of the 5th century BC in Athens. It was a circular, temple built for the ancient Greek gods of Olympus. In the middle of the building there was an open circular space where the altar for the most important worship rituals took place. The Roman's built their Pantheon in the same way, but it was slightly larger and it also served as a place for other religious activities.

The Roman Pantheon was in use until the 5th century AD when it toppled down from its position due to the impact of poor construction. Nothing was left but the walls. Michelangelo built a more modern temple in the place of that original ancient one. Practically nothing of the old one has survived.

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Disneyland Paris

Have you ever dreamed about visiting Mickey Mouse’s home? If you’ve gone to a Disney park in the US and/or one in California, you know what to expect. And while the Disneyland in California is undoubtedly one of the best you’ll ever go to, the one in France is worth a visit, too.

It’s a theme park that’s been pleasing visitors with its rides since the world went krazy for things Disney. Rides, including the famous ones from the beloved cartoon series “The Simpsons” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean,” were created with specially trained animators, carpenters, technicians, and architects that have helped give life to famous Disney characters.

You can find an army of toys, costumes, cameras, costumes, and other paraphernalia from the animated movies at shops around the park.

Musee de l'Orangerie

With a simple curved façade, this little 19th-century museum is tucked away behind a shopping center in the fifth arrondissement in Paris. But this is not a typical little museum.

It houses an incredible collection of more than 500 pieces of art, most of which were donated by the wealthy patrons of the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

Ingres was by far the most celebrated artist in Europe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. But his work was rejected by the Salon in Paris, which refused to grant him a pension, in return for continued work that would paint him into the ground. In addition to the paintings, there is also a wide-ranging collection of drawings, prints, and photographs from the 1880s to the present.

Because you'd need at least four weeks to see everything, you'll have to make choices. Besides the paintings, visit the works of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who spent his life painting the same model—his daughter.
Check out his paintings in the Garden Salon, which show a vibrant look at the world during the French Revolution.
In the Drawing Room, you'll see paintings by French artists such as Delacroix.

In the Decorative Arts room, look for paintings of scenes from the interior of a hacienda (large plantation in colonial Mexico) by the Spanish painter Jose Ocampo.

Palais Garnier

(circa 1764)
Palais Garnier (circa 1764) is an opera house and one of the greatest examples of French neoclassicism. Today it’s home to the Opéra National de Paris.

Originally known as the Thé‾tre de la Foire and named after the arcade on the site, the building was built around 1760 to host the Ballet de la Foire, a collaboration between a Swiss Rococo architect, Jacques Desjardins, and an Italian composer, Domenico "Domenico" Castello.

Later, after the death of "Domenico", the building was renamed the Thé‾tre de l…Opéra. "Domenico" Castello was from a village whose name translates as "cellar" or "cellar wine," thus the opening referred to as the …Opéra d…Achères.

The architect Charles De Wailly transformed the building into a home for the Paris Opera in the 18th century. The interior was later remodeled for the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt, and then the famous opera singer Edmond Adam was engaged to be a star of the Paris Opera.

Les Invalides

This museum and Paris' national monument is an excellent monument for those looking for high-quality works of art, having a beautiful interior with various sculptures and a garden around them.

Not far from the Louvre, you should definitely visit this monument.

It is on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne and has a wonderful collection of works of art from all over the world.

They include works by some famous French and European artists, such as Fragonard, Carle Van Loo, Rodin, Antoine-Louis Barye, and the founder of the museum and alexander Dumas.

In addition, you will find a series of weapons and medals, including that of Joan of Arc, were presented by Charles V in the 15th century, and the marble statue of the Last Victim of the French Revolution, who died at the hands of being gagged and his arms tied.

In the library, you can find thousands of books and documents acquired from the time of Napoleon and items from the most famous public collection of books and manuscripts in France.

On the top floor of the dome, you can see a 360-degree panoramic view of Paris ….

A wonderful view of Paris, which makes this monument a must-visit for any tourist.

Seine Cruise

Musee Rodin

Les Catacombes

The Catacombs of Paris is a network of underground tunnels that was created to hold the ossuaries of Paris from the 17th to 19th century. The word "Catacombs" comes from the Greek word katakome, which means "abode of the dead." The first inscription in catacombs was publicly written in 1756. It was written by a man who was in debt to the society called The Brotherhood of the Holy Trinity.

This Brotherhood was created by Pierre-François Picot and Théophile Leclerc. They helped underground the first kilometers of the catacombs. They wrote tons of inscriptions in the catacombs. They wrote the names of the dead after paying their contributions. The catacombs had many levels, but the most important levels were:

  • Les Invalides – the level of invalids
  • Les Carrières – the level of the quarries
  • Les Innocents – the level of the children
  • Les Ossuaries – the level of the bones

Champs-Elysées

The most famous and well-known avenue in Paris that is also among the most visited attraction in the world.

It runs across the top of the Arc de Triomphe from the Place de l' Arc de Triomphe down to the Place de la Concorde. The Champs-Elysées is lined with luxury shops, restaurants and hotels, but it's also a great place for people watching. Thousands of ordinary citizens and street performers mingle with visitors to the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and other tourist attractions.

The End of the Champs-Elysées is the Palais de Chaillot, which is home to the Paris tourist information centre. It used to be the headquarters of the French army. It has now become a traditional Christmas tree and music venue.

Parc des Princes / Parc des Expositions.

Located in the 18th arrondissement, this private stadium is home to Paris St-Germain football club (Ligue 1).

It is also a venue for concerts and other cultural events.

L'Opera Garnier / Abbé Grégoire.

Pont Alexandre III

This steel arch bridge is the largest of its kind and is one of the most significant engineering achievements of its time. The bridge connects the Right Bank to the “Latin” Left Bank, a geographic term.

The bridge is 3.74 km (2.3 mi) long and was installed to connect the Place de l‘Etoile and the Place de la Concorde, forming a circle. The bridge was built between 6 January 1885 and 10 October 1887.

The bridge was commissioned by Napoleon III to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Sedan, and it was designed by the engineering company Stephenson, a descendant of the English company of the same name.

The English high street fashion retailer Marks and Spencer has a cafe and writing center named after the bridge in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris.

Palace of Versailles

A spectacular occurrence of architectural style that has ended up owning a place on the World Heritage List, the Palace of Versailles is the main reason why Paris is as renowned as it is.

Versailles is one of those places that remind you of everything that is right with the world. It is a sight to behold, and although it may take some time to really get used to its magnificence and splendour, it is definitely worth visiting.

In addition to being located in the most glorious countryside of France, Versailles is also the site where many of the most important royal buildings were constructed in France.

Although it was meant to be the home of the king himself, the construction of the Palace of Versailles was also meant to project the power and authority of the king into the rest of the world.

Built over the course of a few decades, the Palace of Versailles consists of a number of royal buildings clustered together and occupied by the royal court.

Although the site was originally specified by the Grand Conde in the early seventeenth century, Louis XIII was the one who put the plans for the Palace of Versailles into motion.

The original architectural plan was put together by Louis Le Vau and designed by Louis Le Vau and Francois Mansart.

Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde is the heart of Paris where French Revolutionaries executed Louis XVI in 1793. This is where the most famous image of Paris was taken in 1887, the Eiffel tower which was originally envisioned as a temporary structure for the World Fair. The palace of the Tuileries, which was built by Catherine de—Medici, is nearby.

The Place de la Concorde is one of the city’s most picturesque and is a great place to go for a walk.

Sainte-Chapelle

The nine remaining stained-glass windows illustrate episodes of the life of Christ with startling, even overwhelming, realism. The exterior size and weight suggest that the original design was for a building that was larger than it actually was…until the building that was to be built turned out to be too narrow. The glass is of a type known as “stippled,” in which wide prisms are cut into foils to create the color. Measured comparison of the panels with scientific instruments enables them to be matched with the science of medieval times. From this, it is possible to conclude that the windows are the work of Robert of Jully, and that they were erected at the order of Louis IX of France. Some of the scenes have been defaced over the years.

Sainte-Chapelle was built by the king’s architect, Pierre de Montreuil, in 1241 as a chapel for the royal family. The redolence of history is inescapable. The room is usually entered by a bronze door made in 1844. In the doorway are two angels as sentries on either side of the royal coat of arms, which are two fleur-de-lis set in wrought-iron scrolls.

Centre Pompidou

Musee d'Orsay

Jardin du Luxembourg

The garden is an integral part of a visit to Paris. The charm of Paris is preserved in the garden, which brings together its past and present. The grand entrance has a 14 metre high iron gate but no other gate.

Sacre-Coeur

Notre Dame de Paris

Arc de Triomphe

Designed by the architect, Jean-Charles Monument, erected 1806, the monument in front of the Champs Elysees is adopted as the symbol of victory over an enemy after their defeat. It is the final destination for a tour by anyone visiting Paris.

Although the monument was built in the city of Paris in the 19th century, it is much older than people believe. It was, in fact, built to commemorate the victory of the French in the 1870 Franco-Prussian war.

This victory was entirely unexpected as the French were clearly disadvantaged. They were about twice the size of the Germans and the Prussians had only recently united against their common enemy, Napoleon.

However, the French pulled through, and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was built on that victory. In fact, an inverted arch was chosen because the top arch was thought to resemble the victory held by Napoleon Wellington.

But the Arc was not always intended as a victory monument. The Arc was built as a triumphal arch at the end of the first century. This was just after Constantine was crowned the first Christian Roman Emperor.

The original was much longer than the one we have today. It was shortened slightly during a redesign in the 1960s, and was later moved just south of the Place de la Concorde.

Louvre

Museum (Paris, France).

Paris is home to no fewer than five great art museums, but none are more renowned or high profile than the Louvre.

Founded in the late 18th century, the Louvre is most famous for housing some of the most famous paintings in the world and for housing the spectacular glass pyramid. The Louvre was completed in 1793 and took nearly 30 years to build.

The Louvre was created by architect Pierre Charles Lefèbvre, who was appointed to the project by King Louis XV. Lefèbvre had a clear vision – to create the largest group of museums in the world in one location. It remains the largest museum in the world and houses 1.3 million, seven hundred thousand objects!

At the center of the Louvre is the Richelieu wing. Designed by Domenico Guelfa and Prospero Orsi, the Richelieu was completed in 1836. As the name suggests, the Richelieu wing is based on the Church de la Sorbonne.

The Richelieu wing is home to the ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman artefacts, Egyptian and Faraoic sculptures and the magnificent medieval tapestries. Here you can also find the famous Greek sculpture, "Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Roman collection including Napoleon’s coronation robe and the French National Gallery.

Eiffel Tower

The first thing you see when you come into Paris, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous sights in the city.

Charles Eiffel built it back in 1889 to celebrate the Paris World exposition. Eiffel was a genius when it came to steel, so when it was time to design the structure, he used his own designs and constructed it with a self-supporting tower that could hold itself up. Eiffel Tower is 612 feet tall. That’s quite a sight when you view it from the Seine River. But that’s not what makes the Eiffel Tower famous. That all goes to the people who climb the stairs and take in the views from the top.

The first private one to do it was a college student. No one knows how long it would have taken to climb the 3,300 steps. But the first official attempt was made by two cousins. They managed to reach the top at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, which would have taken about 20 minutes. Since then, hundreds of climbers have made it to the top.

For those who aren’t interested in climbing the Eiffel Tower, you can find some of the original pieces that Charles Eiffel built that were used to make the tower. They are in a museum where they still function today.