Paris is a fascinating city full of tourist attractions and historical museums where you can admire the most important masterpieces from around the world and many tourist sights.
Monuments and sights of the French capital are known worldwide and have become true symbols recognized by anyone. Below is a list of sights that you can choose to visit. Many will say that Paris is a state of mind and it is impossible to visit it all and get to know him in depth. This may be perfectly true but for those who have the opportunity to visit it, a list of major sights and some details about them can be very helpful in choosing sightseeing considered interesting for each group. So if you want to get an idea of what you can visit in Paris we invite you to read the list of sights below. If you go to Paris really need to visit the Eiffel Tower.
To go to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower is simply unthinkable. In fact, the attraction of Paris can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. From the Eiffel Tower you will not get the coolest view in Paris, but it is definitely a place where you have to go because of its architecture and grandeur. The monument gets its name from the designer Gustave Eiffel and it is the tallest building in Paris. Palace of Versailles is one of the largest and most opulent castles in the world. With over 2,100 windows, 1,250 fireplaces and 67 staircases, Versailles castle is one of the most visited attractions in France. Being a perfect example of French art of the 18th century, this historic building is on the UNESCO World Heritage list for more than 30 years. The castle was the official residence until 1789, and has since been regarded as an unofficial residence.
The Louvre Museum is the most visited art museum in the world, a monument full of historical heritage and a national museum of France. It is a central sight in Paris being located in district 1 of the city. Within the Louvre museum there are exposed around 35,000 art objects from the millennium 6 BC until the nineteenth century AD. The museum is housed within the Louvre palace which was originally conceived as a fortress in the twelfth century under the reign of Philip II. The ruins of this fortress can still be seen today. Notre Dame is not the largest cathedral in the world, but it certainly is the most famous one. The gothic masterpiece is located in Ile de la Cite, a small island in the heart of the city.
The bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, began the construction in 1163. The cathedral had to be built in the new Gothic style, aiming to reflect the status of Paris as the capital of the French kingdom. It was the first cathedral built on a huge scale becoming the prototype for cathedrals that were built in France in the coming period. Lafayette Galleries is the name of the famous shop in Paris which was founded in the late nineteenth century. Every year, millions of customers visit the main location of the Lafayette Galleries on the Boulevard Haussmann, a ten-story building whose roof is a glass and metal dome. Shopping enthusiast tourists who come for shopping in Paris should not miss this destination. Place des Vosges (Vosges Square), the oldest square in Paris, is also one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The history of this market dates back to 1604 when King Henry IV built a royal pavilion in the southern part of the market. The building was designed by Baptiste du Cerceau. The king commanded that all 35 buildings around the market to follow the same features. The result is an early example of urban planning, it is a symmetrical market, surrounded by buildings of red brick, white stone facades, arches and roofs.
Place de la Bastille, Bastille Square, is where there was the famous fortress which was stormed on July 14, 1789, sparking the French Revolution. After the defeat of the French at Poitiers, in 1356 during the war of 100 years against England, it was needed a fortress to protect Paris from invasion. The construction begun in 1370 and ended in 1382. Known as Bastille, the massive building had walls four meters wide and eight towers of 22 meters high.