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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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, ..

  • 3 Notre-Dame Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    6 pl. Jean-Paul-II F - 75004 Paris

    This site has been a place of worship for 2 000 years: a Gallo-Roman temple, Christian basilica and Romanesque church all preceded the current building. Maurice de Sully began construction around 1163. Over the centuries it has suffered significant a..

  • 4 Place des Vosges Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Vosges F - 75004 Paris

    This vast square, probably conceived by Métezeau, was the wish of Henri IV. When completed in 1612, the Place Royale became the centre of elegant life, with carrousels and pleasure. The square got its present name in 1800 in honour of the département..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 Disneyland Paris Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 77700 Chessy

    Five «lands» using the local terminology in this 55 ha fantasy kingdom; Main Street USA reconstructs the main street of an American 19 C town. Frontierland recalls the wild west with its old goldmine in Big Thunder Mountain and a haunted house, Phant..

  • 8 Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D 215 F - 77950 Maincy

    This château is one of the most handsome masterpieces of the 17C. It was built for Nicolas Fouquet by major artists such as Louis Le Vau, Charles Le Brun and André Le Nôtre between 1656 and 1661. At a party on 17 August 1661, Louis XIV became jealous..

  • 9 Fontainebleau Forest Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D142 F - 77300 Fontainebleau

    The ancient forest of Bière has always been a magnificent hunting ground, particularly on horseback. Today, it is carefully maintained (it is divided into 747 plots tended so as to produce the finest specimens), and has signposted pathways throughout..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 The Palace of Versailles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    A symbol of Classical perfection, the largest palace in the world was the sumptuous reflection of an era of intensive creation, and emblem of absolute power. Just like in the times of Louis XIV, entry to the Palace, which was built by Le Vau and Jule..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 pl. du Trocadéro-et-du-11-Novembre F - 75016 Paris

    In the Paris Wing of the Palais de Chaillot, this centre for architecture and heritage brings together three departments: the Institut Français d'Architecture, created in 1981, the Centre des Hautes Etudes de Chaillot and the Museum of French Monumen..

  • 14 Palais Garnier - Opéra National de Paris Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    8 r. Scribe F - 75009 Paris

    Designed in 1860 by Charles Garnier, the sumptuous façade of this opera house is adorned with numerous sculptures. The interior, in which Garnier used marble of varying provenance, is of incomparable beauty: the Great Staircase and Grand Foyer are qu..

  • 15 Palais du Luxembourg Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de Vaugirard F - 75006 Paris

    Designed by Salomon de Brosse for Marie de Medici, this palace is French in style with Florentine touches. The main courtyard is enclosed by an arcaded gallery. The Doric ground floor with its semicircular openings adds to the robust overall appearan..

  • 16 Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. Winston-Churchill F - 75008 Paris

    The Petit Palais was built by Charles Girault for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. In 1902 it became the home of the city's fine arts museum. Faced with the task of ensuring that works displayed were only exposed to daylight, the architect multiplied i..

  • 17 Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    71 r. du Temple F - 75003 Paris

    This ultra-modern museum highlights old and contemporary works which relate to Jewish culture, covering areas such as religion, the Diaspora, and the Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities. The section on contemporary Judaism deals with the rise in mode..

  • 18 Musée des Arts et Métiers Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    60 r. Réaumur F - 75003 Paris

    This temple of science has over 3 000 inventions on display, divided into seven different sections and arranged chronologically. The museum, which provides an incomparable retrospective on the history of technical expertise via actual machines and sc..

  • 19 Place St-Sulpice Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. St-Sulpice F - 75006 Paris

    It should have been laid out in a semi-circle and buildings identical to the one at no. 6, the work of Servandoni should have bordered it. Yet there is sometimes a margin between the project and reality, which you can see when you come across this sq..

  • 20 Colonnade du Louvre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de l'Amiral-de-Coligny F - 75001 Paris

    In 1662, the Louvre Palace's outside façade on the Paris side, was still not as Louis XIV desired. The king preferred Bernin's project to those of three French architects: Perrault, Le Vau and d'Orbay. Overlooking the church of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerr..

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