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Sights and tourist attractions in Paris

Top attractions in Paris

Louvre Museum
Louvre, Paris (© Pavel Losevsky -
must-see Housed in the former Parisian palace of the French monarchy, the Louvre is France's largest and most famous museum, as well as the most visited art museum in the world. It contains...Read more
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel tower, Paris (© interlight -
outstanding One of the world's most iconic landmark, the Tour Eiffel is a puddled iron lattice tower built for 1889 World's Fair. It was the tallest building in the world until 1930 and provides...Read more
Champs-Élysées, Paris (©
outstanding Possibly the world's most famous shopping street, the Champs-Élysées is a wide avenue lined with horse-chestnut trees running for 2 km from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe...Read more

Arc de Triomphe
Arc De Triomphe, Paris (© Pete Hoffman -
outstanding Standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, this Triumphal Arch was built by Napoleon in honour to those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and...Read more
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris (© Simona Dumitru -
outstanding Masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the cathedral of Paris has long captured the popular imagination, notably with Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre-Dame...Read more
Sacré-Cœur Basilica
Sacré-Cœur Basilica (© senai aksoy -
outstanding Vaguely reminiscent of the Taj Mahal, the Sacré-Cœur stands proudly on the butte of Montmartre, Paris' traditional artists district. It was erected between 1875 and 1914 and is...Read more

Les Invalides
Les Invalides, Paris (© Zoran Karapancev -
outstanding Les Invalides was built by Louis XIV as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, a function it perpetuates to this day. It also houses three military museums and is the burial site of...Read more
Musée d'Orsay
Orsay Museum, Paris (©
outstanding Housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, this museum is dedicated to French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It possesses the world's...Read more
Opéra Garnier
Paris Opera (©  Gary -
outstanding Founded in 1669 by Louis XIV, the Paris Opera is one of the most famous opera house in the world. It is housed in the Palais Garnier, one of Paris' most sumptuous edifices, built by Napoleon III...Read more

Boulevard Haussmann
Galeries Lafayette, Paris (©
outstanding Created during the Second French Empire by Baron Haussmann, this 2.5 km long boulevard was designed by relaxation and shopping. It is home to two of Paris' top department stores, the Galeries...Read more
Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde, Paris (© Phils -
outstanding Spanning on 8.6 hectares (21 acres), Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris. It acts as a buffer between the Louvre and the Champs-Élysées and faces the National Assembly...Read more
Place Vendôme
Place Vendôme, Paris (© Jose Ignacio Soto -
outstanding Located between the Tuileries and the Opera, this gorgeous square sits in the middle of Paris' most expensive neighbourhood and is home to the Hôtel Ritz. The Vendôme Column was...Read more

Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges, Paris (© Bogdan Lazar -
very good Formerly known as Place Royale, this square erected by Henry IV at the heart of the Marais district was renamed Place des Vosge in 1800. Built from 1605 to 1612, it the oldest planned square...Read more
Luxembourg Gardens
Jardin & Palais du Luxembourg, Paris (© Vit Kovalcik -
very good Created in 1612 by Marie de' Medici, the 25-hectare Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public park in Paris. The Luxembourg Palace has since become the seat of the French...Read more
La Défense
La Défense, Paris (©
very good Located 10 km west of the Louvre in the axis of the Champs-Élysées, La Défense is Paris' modern business district. 14 skyscrapers above 150 metres and many other shiny glass-and-steel...Read more

Panthéon, Paris (©  ErickN -
very good The Pantheon is secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens, including Voltaire, Rousseau, Marat, Dumas, Hugo, Zola, Pierre and Marie Curie...Read more
Palais Royal, Paris
very good Originally built by Cardinal Richelieu as his residence, this palace facing the Louvre was later successively occupied by Louis XIV, his brother, and other members of the House of Orléans...Read more
La Madeleine
La Madeleine, Paris
very good La Madeleine is a church designed as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's Grande Armée. Its construction actually started in 1763 and was only complete in 1842. Inspired by the Maison...Read more

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  • Canal Saint-Martin

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Just outside the centre

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