Paris, the City of Lights, is undoubtedly one of the most famous and breathtakingly beautiful tourist destinations in the world. Paris has a timeless familiarity with first-timers as well as frequent visitors with its instantly recognizable architectural icons, exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques, and other priceless artistic treasures. In fact, the city is beautiful from all angles and you would probably want to cover all of the sites in Paris. Yet again, as the city is massive with numerous tourist hubs, it will not be possible to explore everything in a day or two. So to help you out, below are the top 3 attractions in Paris that you should definitely see when you are there.
The Louvre, which began as a fortress in the late 12th Century, was extended many times to form the present Louvre Museum. This is a landmark art museum with vast collections including 35,000 strong collections of paintings and sculptures. The Louvre, which is primarily associated with the steady gaze of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa, is considered to be one of the greatest in the world. Furthermore, the museum is famous for its contemporary glass pyramids and millions of tourists flock here every year to enjoy this wonder.
Louvre’s collection includes Egyptian antiques, Ancient Greek, and Roman sculptures, paintings by old masters, crown jewels, and many other artifacts from French nobles. Apart from this, the museum also houses the seated scribe, the jewels of Rameses II, and the armless winged victory of Samothrace and Venus de Milo, the French masterpieces from the 19th Century.
The museum is crowded always because of its global fame and you need to take care of certain things before you visit the Louvre Museum. For instance, it would be better to book a skip-the-line ticket to save your time or visit the Louvre with a Paris private tours guide. Note that photography of certain masterpieces inside the museum is prohibited, so make sure to ask your Paris tour guide which artworks you can capture.
Montmartre, which is also known as the mountain of martyrs, is a must see place because the things to do in this district are endless. Here, you can enjoy the privilege of walking in the footsteps of famous celebrities such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. Besides, the feeling of being surrounded by the beautiful, bohemian picturesque environment is something that cannot be expressed.
Each brick in the pavement of the Montmartre is bound to carry a story that you may ask any of the locals over here. On top of that, the place is also famous for its mouth-watering delicacies.
Montmartre is a huge hill and exploring this hill itself will be quite daunting. As the area is crammed with endless attractions, below is a list of some places that you must visit at Montmartre.
- The Abbesses – This is the deepest station in Paris metro, at 36 meters below ground level, and is located at the western side of butte hill of the district.
- The Moulin Rouge – This is a cabaret that was founded and built in 1889. At first, this was a modern birthplace of can-can, which is a seductive dance form, but later turned into a form of entertainment
- Rue de Steinkerque – This is a shopping destination for all shopaholics out there. The street is crammed with small shops where you could easily bargain and crack up cheap deals, and Saturday mornings are best to crack these deals.
- Musée de Montmartre – This museum is famous for its display pieces which symbolize the mesmerizing architecture of the city. Furthermore, this museum is set in a home where many artists and writers meet often.
Musée d’Orsay is a famous museum in Paris located on the left bank of the Seine. It was constructed as a railway station for the 1900 world fair, and it was in 1996 that Mitterand bought it to showcase art. Today, the museum houses a great exhibit of the 19th and 20th Century arts and is housing the world’s most important collection of impressionism. Below is a list of some of the important artworks of Musée d’Orsay.
- Edgar Degas’s Small Dancer Aged 14 – She was a self-described “realist”. Further, this celebrated version of Marie (a ballet student at Paris’s opera) is made of bronze, but original – which Degas exhibited in the much-criticized impressionist exhibition of 1881. It is sculpted in a skin-colored wax, dressed in real fabrics, and with real hair tied with ribbon.
- Georges Seurat’s The Circus – There are two spaces in this pointillism that are juxtaposed; first is the foreground including the stage for circus act that is all curves, filled with dynamic tension, and even imbalanced. The other space is for seating and public, which is rigid, motionless, and strictly geometrical.
- Francois Pompon’s Polar Bear – This is an emblematic piece in the Musée d’Orsay; the polar bear that brought pompon late recognition.
Apart from these, other artworks in the museum include Auguste Renoir’s Bal du Moulin de la Galette, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and much more. The museum is massive, so it would be wiser to have a Paris private tours guide at your side to steer you through the place.