The city of lights and the French capital, Paris is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. There are several unique attractions in the city, which make it much popular among the tourists. The below list shed light on some of the most visited places in the city of Paris city that first-time visitors should certainly include in their Paris tours.
Eiffel Tower is one of the attractions that make the city immensely popular among tourists from all over the world. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. The tower was inaugurated at the Exposition Universelle in 1889. The tower is 324 meters high and falls on the list of the most visited monuments in the world. Statistics show that about seven million tourists visit the Eiffel tower every year. The ascent of the tower let tourists on Paris tours have a magnificent view of the beautiful city.
The Louvre museum is another most visited attraction in Paris and is also the most visited art museum in the world. The historic building is located in the heart of Paris and is a formal royal palace. The museum has a total area of 210,000 square meters and 60,600 square meters are used for the exhibitions. The building was originally a fortress that was built in the 12th century and you can still find the remains of the fortress in the basement of the building. Do not forget to explore the basement in Louvre tours.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre-Dame de Paris or the Notre Dame cathedral is one of the most enduring symbols of the city. A Roman Catholic cathedral located on the Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame de Paris is regarded as one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture. The construction of the church started in 1163 and it was finished in 1365. With the many gargoyles and sculptures that adorn the roof, the cathedral is a must visit spot in the city. Many tourists climb the 387 steps inside the cathedral to reach the top of the tower, as it will offer them a chance to see the famous gargoyles clearly.
Arc of Triumph
Napoleon ordered Jean Chalgrin to design a triumphal arch that is dedicated to the glory and victory of the imperial armies. The Arc of Triumph was built in the 19th century and is the largest monument of its kind in the world. There are many impressive sculptures adorning the pillars of the arc. The names of the great victories and generals of France are also engraved on the Arc of Triumph. The terrace above the door of the arc offers a panoramic view of the city. The arc is fifty meters high, forty-five meters wide, and twenty-two meters deep. There are many luxury boutiques, cafes, entertainment places, and restaurants surrounding the arc, which are worth exploring in Paris tours.
Montmartre is a hill located on the north side of the city. The surrounding neighborhood of the hill shares its name and the place is best known for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. This basilica was erected to honor the French victims of the Franco-Prussian war that took place in 1870. The construction of this white domed basilica was finished in 1919. When you visit Montmartre, do not forget to check out the Square of Tertre, which is located just a few blocks from the Basilica. Montmartre was a modern art hub in the twentieth century and many renowned artists like Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso worked there.
The Moulin Rouge is a very famous French cabaret and is called as the spiritual birthplace of French Cancan. Moulin Rouge is located at the foot of the Montmartre hill and was built in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller. The cancan, which was introduced as a courtship dance led to the birth of the cabaret, which became popular in many countries across the world. Now, Moulin Rouge has grown into a tourist attraction that entertains many visitors.
Palace of Versailles
The Château de Versailles is one of the most famous castles in Paris city. The palace, which was built in the seventeenth century to show the military power of France, served as the seat of political power from 1682 to 1789. It is a huge complex of terraces, buildings, and gardens and is a must visit destination in any Paris tours. The captivating decorations, exceptional accommodations, the glided works of Renaissance art, everything attracts numerous tourists to the palace. While visiting the Château de Versailles, make sure to stroll through the “French” gardens.
The Latin Quarter – Luxembourg park
The Latin Quarter is located on the left bank of River Seine and is famous for its lively atmosphere. The place is home to many famous higher education institutions like the Ecole des Mines de Paris or the Ecole Polytechnique. The Luxembourg Park is a private garden that is open to visitors. The garden was made in 1612 as per the request of Marie de Medicis. This garden surrounds the Palais du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Palace, and is a very pleasant place to walk around.