Paris, France is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Paris, France is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

A guide to France sights in Paris

In Paris, as the largest city of France, there are so many sights that even a week is not enough to see them all. If time is short, you can take a sightseeing tour around the city. And if you spend several days in Paris, you can see the sights of Paris locally, by neighborhoods, following one of the routes around the city. But if you don’t need ready-made itineraries (with maps, by the way – very handy!), the sights of Paris below are the must-see program that you should try to do, so you don’t feel bad about leaving the city.

By the way, keep in mind that the museums of Paris listed below are very difficult to visit on a free day (the first Sunday of the month): the queue to each of them can reach over a hundred meters.

The main attractions of Paris:

Eiffel Tower

The famous tower is the most popular landmark both in Paris and all of Europe in general. Its trapezoidal silhouette has become a symbol of the city. On the top floor of the Eiffel Tower you will enjoy panoramic views of Paris, endless lines, and learn about the history of its construction. Next…

Paris sights - Eiffel Tower

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris, made famous in the book and musical of the same name, was one of the first cathedrals in France to be built in the Gothic style, replacing the modest Romanesque architecture. Construction of Notre Dame de Paris began in the mid-12th century. Be sure to climb the cathedral’s observation deck: it is from here, amid mysterious chimeras, that you get the best views of Paris. Next…

Notre Dame de Paris - Paris sights

Arc de Triomphe

The magnificently finished Arc de Triomphe of Paris is a monument commemorating the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. However, this grandiose monument took a long time to be built and was completed many years after the end of his empire in 1836. From the top of the Arc de Triomphe one can enjoy one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower. Next…

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Arc de Triomphe sunrise - Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Palais des Invalides

This majestic complex of buildings is easily recognized by the huge temple topped with a golden dome that glistens in the sun. It was a shelter for veterans of the Napoleonic wars, after which it retains the somewhat strange name. Today it’s home to several war museums and the tombs of some of France’s most famous personalities, including Napoleon Bonaparte himself. Next…

Les Invalides Paris.

Sacré Coeur.

This beautiful white Roman-Byzantine church of the Sacré du Sacré de l’Heart rises atop Montmartre. At its foot is one of the most touristy spots in the city, and the steps of the staircase offer a panoramic view of all of Paris. One of the stairs to the church is so picturesque that it is often placed on tourist postcards of the city. Next…

Paris sights - Sacré Coeur

Pantheon

This majestic building was originally conceived for ecclesiastical purposes, but ended up being a civilian temple where prominent French figures are buried, among them the writer Victor Hugo and Voltaire. The pantheon was built in the 19th century. Further…

Pantheon Paris

Alexander III Bridge

The most beautiful bridge in Paris is named after the Russian emperor. The bridge is framed by exquisite gilded statues, wreaths and some of the most beautiful lanterns in Paris. Next…

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The most famous museum in the world and the former residence of the royal family, the Louvre boasts an enormous collection of paintings and art objects that even a whole day is not enough to see. Here is located the most mysterious and the most famous painting in the world – the Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci. Next…

Louvre, Paris

Conciergerie

At one time the Conciergerie was home to the royal family, and then for almost half a millennium it was a prison. During the French Revolution many famous figures were beheaded there. Next…

Conciergerie Paris sights

Montparnasse Tower

The Montparnasse Tower is one of the first high-rises in Paris. It was built in 1973. However the public was unhappy with the idea of building skyscrapers in the historic city center and with the tower’s appearance. The building really does not sparkle with architectural delights, but from the tower roof you can admire a wide panorama of the city, including the night illumination. Next…

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Monrparnasse Paris sights

Champs-Elysées

The Champs-Elysées is considered the most prestigious and best known street in the world. It stretches from Place de la Concordia to the Arc de Triomphe. Champs-Elysées are especially beautiful in winter when many Christmas lights decorate the trees along the perimeter of the road. Next….

The Champs-Elysées are the main tourist attractions in Paris

Church of Saint Germain

The Church of Saint Germain was built on the foundations of a former basilica that dates back to 512, making it the oldest church in Paris. It is located in one of the most picturesque places of Paris, in the city quarter with the same name.

Saint Germain de Pre Paris sights

Opera de Paris

The Paris Opera, built by the Garnier, is considered the most sumptuous baroque building of the Second Empire. The Paris Opera, built in 1862-75, is one of the greatest opera buildings in the entire world.

Opera Paris sights

Versailles

Versailles is rightly considered the most famous palace in France. It proved so beautiful that it served as a prototype for many other European palaces. Located 20 km from Paris Versailles offers tourists to visit the luxurious royal chambers and stroll through one of the most beautiful parks in the world.

Versaille

Luxembourg Garden

Luxembourg Garden, laid out near the palace of the same name, is one of the most popular parks of the city. It was laid out in the 17th century for Maria de Medici, wife of King Henry IV, and was only opened to the public in the 19th century. Here you can relax from the hustle and bustle of the city while enjoying a fresh crispy baguette and a bottle of French dry wine on the green grass. Next…

Luxembourg Gardens Paris sights

Tuileries

The Tuileries Garden is a beautiful park, laid out in a traditional French style, located between the Louvre building and the Place de la Concorde. The park is decorated with many elegant buildings and small ponds, around which the French like to sit on chairs while enjoying the nice weather. Next…

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Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde is the largest of Paris’ squares, bordering the Tuileries gardens and Champs-Elysées. The main decoration of the square is the famous Luxor Obelisk removed by Napoleon from Egypt. The obelisk age exceeds 3200 years. Further…

La Défense

In order not to disturb the historical development of the city, all the modern skyscrapers are clustered in one place in the form of the business district of La Défense. It is clearly visible from the Eiffel Tower as a blue needle-shaped crystal on the edge of the city. A modern version of the Arc de Triomphe, the Grande Arche de la Défense is a jewel in the neighborhood. Next…

Musée d’Orsay

The second most visited museum of Paris is situated in the former train station, built in 1900 along the River Seine. Visitors enjoy the vast collection of sculptures and the best works of the Impressionists. Next…

Pont Neuf

Despite its name, which translates from French as ‘New Bridge’, Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris. This stone bridge was commissioned by King Henry IV and completed in 1607. At that time on the bridge were built houses, which have not survived to this day. Next…

Pont Neuf Paris Sights

Place des Vosges

The Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. It was built according to a certain plan, as a result of which all facades of the houses, located on the square, are decorated with the same red brick. In one of these houses is beautiful museum of Victor Hugo. Further…

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Montmartre

The most romantic and reckless place in Paris is the hill of Montmartre. Located on the outskirts of Paris, it has always been an inexpensive place for the poor, so about a century ago poor artists began to settle there en masse, who made the place famous. And now on the square you can find craftsmen selling simple landscapes and drawing caricatures for tourists. The main decoration of the hill is the white beauty of the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur. Next…

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Montmartre

Moulin Rouge

The famous “red mill” is the most famous cabaret in the world. Opened in 1889 this “temple of music and dance” still delights the tourists with colorful shows that turned from rather vulgar and promiscuous dancing among the general public in a rather sophisticated and expensive place. Next…

Paris Moulin Rouge

Madeleine

The Madeleine Church was designed in the image and likeness of Greek temples: its perimeter is decorated with 52 Corinthian columns. Thanks to its very unconventional appearance and central location, the Church of Madeleine has become one of the most famous landmarks of Paris. Next…

Palais Royal

The Palais Royal was built by Cardinal Richelieu in the early 17th century. Here spent his youth King Louis XIV, who later moved to the Louvre. The central courtyard and garden are free to the public.

Palais Royal Paris

Hôtel de Ville

The City Hall of Paris was built in the 19th century in Renaissance style and was based on the original building of the 16th century. The City Council of Paris meets here. Here …

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Place Vendôme

One of the most prestigious places in Paris, Place Vendôme is decorated in the center of a huge bronze column, erected here in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte’s victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. Statue of the great emperor crowns the top of the column. Further…

Place Vendome Paris sights

Grand Palais

The Grand Palais was built at the beginning of the Champs-Elysées for the 1900 World’s Fair to create an exhibition area. The building is topped by a huge glass dome and art nouveau wrought iron trim.

Grand Palais Paris Sights

Père Lachaise Cemetery

The Père Lachaise Cemetery, located in the east of Paris, is considered one of the most famous and most visited in the world. Many famous people from all over the world have found rest here. And the most famous grave of the cemetery, where Jim Morrison is buried, to this day gathers crowds of his fans who come to express their love and gratitude to the idol. In the cemetery you can also find the grave of the Russian princess. Further…

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Place Vendome Paris Cemetery

Forum des Halles

For many centuries this was Paris’s central market. Now it is a huge shopping center Forum des Halles, hidden underground, under the beautiful green park.

Les Halles Paris sights

Champ de Mars

The Champ de Mars, stretching a wide green lawn from the foot of the Eiffel Tower, was named after the Roman god of war. It’s a favorite spot for relaxing and, of course, for taking pictures of the famous tower.

Champ de Mars

Orangerie Museum

The Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, on the opposite side of the Tuileries Garden from the Louvre, houses a unique masterpiece of 20th century art: a 100 meter long series of water lilies by Claude Monet. In addition, you can admire works by Picasso, Renoir, Cézanne and Modigliani. In all, there are 145 canvases in the collection, spanning the period from the Impressionists to the 1930s. Read more…

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