Top Paris Landmarks Not To Miss

 

 

Paris

As one of the first cities to possess the power of electricity, Paris was nicknamed the “City of Lights,” which also fittingly describes how the city continues to shine as the site of some of the world’s most memorable landmarks.

The great thing about visiting Paris is that you never feel like you’re in a rush because the relaxing scenery sets a calm and romantic mood, which is one of the reasons why it’s also historically been known as the “City of Love.” Whether you’re going for the lights, the love, or just the art and architecture, here are five must-see Parisian landmarks that you’d be silly to skip:

1. Eiffel Tower

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Since its construction in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has easily been the highlight of the Paris skyline. Commonly listed as one of the “new seven wonders of the world” alongside other modern wonders like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. With an incredible observation deck at the top and views that are sure to last a lifetime, it’s no wonder that more than 7 million people include the Eiffel Tower on their Paris itineraries each year.

2. Notre Dame Cathedral

 

 

Notre dame

Constructed over a span of almost 200 years – starting in 1163 and ending in 1345 – the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most impressive examples of medieval Gothic architecture. The sight is especially popular during the holidays, with about two million visitors showing up for the Christmas season to see the famous Notre Dame de Paris nativity scene.  If you can muster up the 367 steps it takes to makes it to the bell tower, there’s also a spectacular view of Paris waiting atop the cathedral.

3. The Louvre

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Home to the immortally iconic Mona Lisa painting, and considered by many to be the greatest museum in the world, the Louvre is a place that every tourist should see at least once. With more than 50,000 rare and priceless pieces of artwork and artefacts dating as far back as 4,000 BC, it’s no wonder that the museum attracts more than 15,000 visitors every day. Luckily, it’s large enough to accommodate such a volume without becoming ridiculously crowded, so it’s definitely worth including on a Paris itinerary despite its absurd popularity.

4. Montmarte

 

Montmarte

The neighbourhood of Montmarte is known for its exceptional artwork and architecture. It’s also home to the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur and several worthwhile museums, including the Musée de la Vie Romantique and Musée de Montmartre. While the cobbled lanes and closely knit old-fashioned buildings make it look more like a village, the arrondissement of Montmarte is home to an impressive nightclub scene that any party goer wouldn’t want to miss.

5. Palais Garnier Opera House

If you leave Paris without seeing the interior of the Palais Garnier Opera House, you’ll have done yourself a great disservice. More specifically, the building’s Grand Foyer and Grand Staircase are remarkable sights to behold, exhibiting an exquisite array of golden murals, chandeliers, and pillars that accompany what may be the most impressive staircase ever built.  Despite only having 30 steps, the Grand Staircase at the Palais Garnier offers an experience that is comparable to time travel and sets the mood perfectly for the epic performances that are frequently given in the opera house.

Other Honourable Mentions

If you’re visiting with the family, you might want to check out Disneyland Paris, Acclimatation Garden (Jardin d’Acclimatation), or Yoo Moov Stations, all of which are perfect kid-friendly landmarks that everyone can enjoy. You may also want to go for a stroll along the La Promenade Plantee and Jardin du Luxembourg.

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