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  • 1 Guimet Museum of Asiatic Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    6 pl. d'Iéna F - 75116 Paris

    The «Louvre of Oriental Art» is how the Guimet Museum has been described. It has probably the world's collection of Asiatic art. Superbly refurbished by Bruno and Henri Gaudin, it offers a walk through the renewed collection, studded with masterpiece..

  • 2 Île de la Cité Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Dauphine F - 75001 Paris

    It was around the Île de la Cité that Paris first developed. The historic cradle of the capital, it remains one the city's most popular and attractive districts. It is home to three of its major monuments: notre Dame cathedral, Sainte Chapelle, and t..

  • 3 The Marais Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Vosges F - 75004 Paris

    The Place des Vosges, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, and three mansions in particular, the Hôtel de Soubise, Hôtel Salé and Hôtel de Rohan, take visitors back to the 17C and 18C, the time of the absolute monarchy and the Enlightenment. However, the old st..

  • 4 Latin Quarter Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Harpe F - 75005 Paris

    During the times of Ancient Rome, the Romans already lived in this quarter, and, preferred the slopes of Sainte-Geneviève, leaving the «plain» to the Gauls. During the 12th century, clerks and scholars crossed the Seine and set up on the left bank, o..

  • 5 Medieval Louvre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de Rivoli F - 75001 Paris

    You are taken into the impressive world of the fortress that Philippe Auguste built at the start of the 13C: along the route, you will discover the counterscarp wall, the 2. 60 m thick curtain, the foundations of the dwellings that were added by Char..

  • 6 Musée d'Orsay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    62 r. de Lille F - 75007 Paris

    Since 1986, the huge main hall of the former Orsay railway station has been the home of art collections covering the period 1848 to 1914, enhancing those of the Louvre and the Musée National d'Art Contemporain. The Orsay houses the world's finest col..

  • 7 Musée National d'Art Moderne (MNAM / CCI) of the Pompidou Centre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Georges-Pompidou F - 75004 Paris

    This museum contains one of the largest collections of modern art in the world (60 000 exhibits), ranging from painting and architecture to photography, cinema, new media, sculpture and design. Rooms dedicated to a single artist alternate with theme-..

  • 8 Sainte-Chapelle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    8 bd du Palais F - 75001 Paris

    This jewel of Gothic art was built upon the order of Saint Louis to house the relics of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Located in the confines of the Palais de Justice, Sainte-Chapelle is divided into two parts: the lower chapel, intended for the palace..

  • 9 Arc de Triomphe Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    pl. Charles-de-Gaulle F - 75008 Paris

    Situated at the top of the Champs-Élysées, this arch occupies the centre of the Place Charles-de-Gaulle, which opens out onto 12 wide avenues. Built in 1806 by Jean-François Chalgrin upon the order of Napoleon, it was only completed in 1836. Huge in ..

  • 10 The Army Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    129 r. de Grenelle F - 75007 Paris

    Military history is dealt with from the time of the Ancien Regime to the latest world conflicts. This is one of the finest museums of military art, techniques and history. With over 500,000 exhibits the museum is remarkable for the abundance and the ..

  • 11 The Louvre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 pl. du Carrousel F - 75001 Paris

    For eight centuries, the Louvre was the residence of kings and emperors. Successive expansion projects have created one of the world's largest palaces, along with the Vatican. Its worldwide renown is due to its museum, home to unique masterpieces suc..

  • 12 Place de la Concorde Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Concorde F - 75008 Paris

    This huge square was built from 1755-75 by the architect Gabriel. Two impressive colonnaded mansions stand either side of rue Royale. One is home to the Hôtel Crillon, the other the Navy headquarters. On the angles of the square, eight statues repres..

  • 13 Hôtel des Invalides Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    129 r. de Grenelle F - 75007 Paris

    This stunning architectural complex was built in 1671, according to the plans of Libéral Bruant, to receive and care for the war wounded. Its buildings now house various military bodies and the Musée de l'Armée. In the centre of the majestic facade, ..

  • 14 The Eiffel Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Champ-de-Mars F - 75007 Paris

    It is the symbol of Paris and probably the best-known Parisian monument in the world: endless queues form outside the lifts. And yet ... And yet, when it was first silhouetted against the skies of Paris in 1889, numerous artists made vigorous protest..

  • 15 Louvre courtyard (Cour Carrée) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Carrousel F - 75001 Paris

    Pierre Lescot's façade, between the Pavillon de l'Horloge (Clock Pavilion) and the south wing, boasts some truly delightful decoration. The sculptor Jean Goujon concentrated his efforts (allegorical high-reliefs, statues in the niches, friezes of chi..

  • 16 St-Germain-des-Prés Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 75006 Paris

    During the Second World War, young jazz-lovers came to live in Saint-Germain-des-Prés to celebrate their music. Following the city's liberation, the district became popular for its nightlife and jazz clubs, with artists and intellectuals such as Sidn..

  • 17 Gardens of the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D215 F - 77950 Maincy

    Le Nôtre (1613-1700) can be said to have attained perfection in the art of French-style gardens, of which Vaux-le-Vicomte is an admirable example. Flower beds and box trees are laid out in arabesques called Turkish carpets, fountains play in the symm..

  • 18 Grands Appartements Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 77300 Fontainebleau

    The tour of the Château de Fontainebleau's Grand Apartments takes in the superb Galerie François I. Built between 1528 and 1530, the gallery is decorated with frescoes and stuccoes by Rosso. The king's emblem, the salamander, is omnipresent. The tour..

  • 19 Walt Disney Studios Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 77700 Chessy

    Like its big brother in America, this theme park, which opened in 2002, takes you behind the scenes to explore the techniques of cinema, cartoons and television. Modelled on a real film studio, the park has four "production zones": Front Lo..

  • 20 Grounds of the Palace of Versailles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 78000 Versailles

    Starting at the terrace of the Château de Versailles, you can explore the grounds on foot, by horse-drawn carriage or in a small boat on the Grand Canal. The rectilinear Axe du Soleil, with its water parterre, fountains, statues (such as the Diane Go..

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