Known around the world as the city of lights or the city of love, Paris, as France’s capital, is one of the leading centers for culture, art, entertainment, fashion and business in the world. In fact, just the simple mention of Paris conjures up images of its popular cathedrals, museums and landmarks. Therefore, if you’re planning to go on vacation here and make the most of your time while visiting, here are some of the best tourist spots you should certainly check out.
Located in the Beaubourg area of the fourth arrondissement, the Center Pompidou features a high tech architecture and is a popular cultural institution that’s very valuable and cherished by the French people. The place houses a panoramic terrace, a movie theater, a bookshop, the National Museum of Modern Art (which is the greatest museum of modern art on the continent) and also a large public library.
What stands out about the library is that it’s so large, it actually covers the building’s first 3 floors, with the permanent collection of the museum being located on floors number four and five. The top, but also the first floors are where the largest expositions are held. As for the center, it’s named after France’s president, Georges Pompidou, who ruled the country from nineteen sixty nine to nineteen seventy four and also commissioned the building.
Arc de Triomphe
Built in eighteen oh six, the Arc de Triomphe is by far one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country and the reason it was constructed was to memorialize the incredible battles of Napoleon Bonaparte. The structure is one hundred and forty eight feet wide and stands one hundred and sixty four feet high, with the archs featuring complex reliefs that depict triumphant battles and many of the names of the soldiers that lost their lives while fighting for the emperor. Just beneath the Arch is also the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI.
Sainte Chapelle’s construction started around twelve thirty nine and it’s currently the most impressive and breathtaking achieve of Gothic Structure in the world. King Louis the ninth has personally commissioned the construction of the building so that he could store his massive collection comprising of Passion Relics, including the legendary Crown of Thorns that Jesus wore days before he was crucified. Even though during the French revolution the building did sustain quite a lot of damage, it was eventually restored in the XIX century. In fact, you’ll be impressed to see that it still has one of the largest in-situ collections of XIII century stained glass on the planet.
The Sacre Coeur is by far one of the most popular landmarks in Paris and it’s no doubt that no matter where you go in Paris, you’re certainly going to notice it sooner or later. This beautiful, yet impressive white domed basilica is located on the highest point in Paris, the Montmartre Hill and it manages to draw tens of thousands of tourists every year. There are many tours available, meaning you can easily learn all about this great structure which houses one of the largest clocks in the world and features truly unique stained glass windows and gold mosaics.
The Louvre Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world and since it houses a collection of more than one million objects, it’s clear that here reside some extremely heavy works of art from the likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso and many others. To name some of the works of art you’ll be able to delight your eyes with when visiting the museum, they include paintings by masters such as Rubens and Rembrandt, Egyptian antiquities, The ancient Code of Hammurabi, the lavish apartments of Napoleon the Third and many more.
Notre Dame de Paris
Taking a trip to the Notre Dame cathedral is certainly a great way to spend a fun day in Paris. Standing more than four hundred feet high and featuring a spire and 2 lofty towers, this is a majestic church that’s regarded as the prime example of French Gothic architecture. When coming to visit it, you’ll be able to admire a wide collection of relics, stunning sculptures, Gothic carvings and breathtaking rose windows just to name a few.