Top 10 Places to Visit in Paris

 green01   October 9, 2012
Europe
Paris the French capital is a wonder in itself. Every inch of the city speaks of the French history and oozes the oomph of  architectural beauty. Paris is worth several visits owing to its beautiful tourist attractions. Here are the ten best landmarks of Paris with aesthetic appeals. Each of these places is a must visit in Paris during travel to Europe.

The Louvre

The Louvre

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One of the brightest jewels in the crown of Paris. The Louvre is a magnificent French marvel. Visiting the museum and viewing the world’s largest collection of diverse artworks is an experience to treasure in memory. With a huge number of pre-20th century sculptures and paintings, the Louvre leaves the visitors spellbound. The world famous ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci is among the valuables in the collection of the museum. The museum building is a testament to the rich history of France spanning over ages.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower – Source

The towering landmark of Paris. The Eiffel Tower is a brand icon of the French capital on the global front. Paris without the Eiffel Tower is beyond imagination. Built by Gustave Eiffel for the World Exposition in 1889, the iron tower is a pride of Parisians. The Eiffel Tower is known not only for its sky-kissing structure but also its nightly beauty, illumined from top to bottom after the evening falls. Evidently, it is one of the best attractions of Paris.

Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay – Source

One of the must-visit museums in the world. Home to the artistic and classical treasure of France, Musee d’Orsay is connected to the Louvre by a bridge. The rooms of the museums on three floors are full of impressionist as well as post-impressionist art wonders including painting, sculpture, photography and decorative objects. The collection of the Musee d’Orsay spans from neoclassicism to romanticism, impressionism and expressionism.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral – Source

Travel to Paris is incomplete without a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, just as travel to Europe lacks excitement without a visit to Paris. A gothic architecture of magnificence, Notre Dame Cathedral is counted among the beautiful cathedrals in Europe. The dramatic towers, spires and stained glasses of this marvellous gothic architecture are awe-inspiring. Once the beating heart of medieval Paris, it is an appealing attraction braving the odds of time.

Paris Boat Tour

Paris Boat Tour

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A boat tour of Paris gives glimpses into the city’s romantic beauty and mythical wonder. It is an unforgettable experience to have a romantic dinner on the water of the Seine river and breathe in the fresh air. A boat ride on the canals and waterways around Paris is a never-to-be-missed opportunity to explore the landscapic beauty of the city’s countryside. The pleasure of traveling to Paris is dull without this watery entertainment.

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur – Source

A must visit for photographers and art connoisseur, this tourist attraction of Paris boasts the Montmartre Photo Gallery. The Sacre Coeur with a gigantic white dome is located at the city’s highest point, the Montmartre knoll. Consecrated in 1909, this architecture is famous for its dramatic terrace and gold mosaic interiors. The terrace of the basilica offers sweeping and stunning views of the city on a sunny day. Montmartre where the Sacre Coeur is located is a poetry-drenched spot on the landscape of Paris.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe – Source

A symbol of Parisian glory and grandeur, elegance and extravaganza, the Arc de Triomphe is a 164-foot tall architecture. It was built by the emperor Napoleon to commemorate the military prowess of France in 1806. The beautiful sculptures of the Arc de Triomphe are reflective of the triumph of Napoleon’s soldiers and generals. It crowns the city’s grandiose avenue Champs-Elysées on the west end.

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf – Source

One of the oldest constructions with historical significance in the French capital city. Named ‘Pont Neuf’ by King Henry IV, the bridge got recognized as a prominent landmark of Paris the day when the statue of Henry IV was officially unveiled in 1607. The bridge with sweeping pavements, soon came to be a meeting place for Parisians. Ideal for socializing, the Pont Neuf has twelve arches. Illumined with lights, the bridge looks illustrious in the dark.

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace – Source

A living embodiment of the French extravaganza. The beauty of Versailles Palace is spectacular and stunning. The area with sweeping greenery around the palace is to be strolled in leisure. At present, much of the interior of the palace is open to the visitors. A 20km drive from the center of Paris, the Versailles Palace is full of attractions, one of which is the Hall of Mirrors, a remarkable contribution by Louis XIV.

Palais Royal

Palais Royal

Palais Royal – Source

A wonderful wonder of Paris to admire. The interior of the Palais Royal is not open for a public visit. The courtyard as well as the garden surrounding the mammoth edifice can be visited. The outside of this French palace spells marvels to stun the onlookers. It is an escape to the solitude of serenity from the bustling center of the city. There are galleries with exhibitions and restaurants for gastronomic refreshment inside the premises.

About the guest blogger – This article is written by Rachael Dodd, a pro blogger and a travel enthusiast. Currently working as a travel content writer for flybee.com, he recommends a visit to the website for information about Europe Travel. You con connect with him at twitter@flybeetravel.

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