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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 Galerie Vivienne and Galerie Colbert Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4-6 r. des Petits-Champs F - 75001 Paris

    The Vivienne and Colbert arcades date from between 1823 and 1826. The former, with its glass roof and lined by fashion boutiques and a tea room, has preserved its decor of nymphs and goddesses. The latter, restored to its original Pompeian appearance..

  • 4 Trocadéro Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. de New-York F - 75016 Paris

    Like the palace, they were laid out for the 1937 Fair. On both sides of the central pond livened by powerful fountains which, in summer, make it a real «beach», there are two statues: La Jeunesse, by Pierre Loison and La Joie de vivre, by Léon Divier..

  • 5 Galerie Véro-Dodat Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Galerie Véro-Dodat F - 75001 Paris

    Created by the pork butchers Véro and Dodat in 1822, this arcade was the first Parisian street to have gas lighting installed along it. Admire the fine neo-Classical decoration (painted ceilings, black and white chequered tiling) and its high-quality..

  • 6 Musée des Plans-reliefs Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    6 espl. des Invalides F - 75007 Paris

    These extraordinary models of towns, ports and strongholds are using for studying military strategy.

  • 7 La Défense Main Arch Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parvis de la Défense F - 92800 Puteaux

    Built out of a single block, Carrare's huge glass and white marble arch, designed by the Danish architect, Otto von Spreckelsen, is the final point of Paris's historical centreline: Louvre, Concorde, Arc de Triomphe. Panoramic lifts will take you to ..

  • 8 La Défense Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parvis de la Défense F - 92800 Puteaux

    The Puteaux, Courbevoie and Nanterre councils share this «business district», whose 48 towers house nearly 900 companies. An huge esplanade scattered with contemporary sculptures, the La Défense palace (CNIT) which, with its huge copula, is the best ..

  • 9 Palais de Chaillot Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Trocadéro F - 75016 Paris

    Following the destruction of the original palace on the Chaillot hill, in 1937 Carlu, Boileau and Azéma rebuilt the side wings and cleared the central section to open up the perspective of the Eiffel Tower. This new palace is home to the vast Théâtre..

  • 10 Musée National de la Marine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    17 pl. du Trocadéro F - 75116 Paris

    The navy museum retraces the history of the French Navy from the 17C. Its collection includes around 350 models (some very large in scale) of boats from the 18C and 19C; a collection of naval sculptures, including figureheads; decorative features, ce..

  • 11 The Jacquemart-André Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    158 bd Haussmann F - 75008 Paris

    This sumptuous residence built in 1875 for the banker Edouard André houses the collection he made with his wife, Nélie Jacquemart, a painter. 18C paintings and busts (Houdon, Coysevox), canvasses by Dutch and Flemish masters (Rembrandt, Hals, Van Dyc..

  • 12 Palais de la Découverte Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. Franklin-Roosevelt F - 75008 Paris

    As a result of the diversity of its exhibits and workshops, this museum founded in 1937 by the physicist Jean Perrin has something for everyone. Scientific experiments are carried out here in front of the general public, enabling visitors to gain a b..

  • 13 Musée de l'Orangerie Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jardin des Tuileries F - 75001 Paris

    Since 1927 the Orangerie has housed the water-lily series painted by Claude Monet which is known as the Nymphéas. Since 1984 it has also been home to the collection assembled by the art dealer Paul Guillaume (1891-1934), which was enhanced after his ..

  • 14 Cognacq-Jay Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    8 r. Elzévir F - 75003 Paris

    The Donon Mansion houses, in a 16C setting, a collection of 18C European art brought together by the founders of la Samaritaine. Presenting drawings and paintings along with precious objects and furniture, the whole evokes the refined life of the Cen..

  • 15 Church of St-Germain-L'Auxerrois Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 pl. du Louvre F - 75001 Paris

    Five centuries of architecture: a Roman belfry, a radiant choir, a flamboyant porch and nave, a Renaissance gateway and a somewhat heavy handed restoration, by Ballard and Lassus, in the 19C. It is the porch which draws attention with its central doo..

  • 16 Musée des Arts Décoratifs Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    107 r. de Rivoli F - 75001 Paris

    Along with the Musée de la Mode et du Textile and the Musée de la Publicité, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is part of a unique museum complex in France in the field of applied arts. It also includes the Musée Nissim-de-Camondo, the Bibliothèque des A..

  • 17 Église St-Eustache Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 imp. St-Eustache F - 75001 Paris

    Initially a small chapel dedicated to St Agnès, and then to St Eustache, this church was built between 1532 and 1640 based on the plans of Notre-Dame. The façade was rebuilt in Classical style in 1754. The transept façade is a fine Renaissance compos..

  • 18 Centre Georges-Pompidou Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Georges-Pompidou F - 75004 Paris

    Designed by the architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, the Pompidou Centre is located in the old Beaubourg quarter, where its fusion of steel, glass and bright colours provides quite a contrast. The centre is home to the Musée National d'Art Mode..

  • 19 Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    30 av. Corentin-Cariou F - 75019 Paris

    Designed by the architect Adrien Fainsilber and opened in 1986, this museum is quite unique. Beyond its basic "mission" of bringing science to a wider audience, it also aims to give visitors a more involved role and to use the most modern t..

  • 20 Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Germain-des-Prés F - 75006 Paris

    The Église St-Germain-des-Prés was once the church of a Benedictine abbey founded in the 8C. Only the sturdy tower on the façade remains from this earlier structure (the spire is a 19C addition). Inside, the Chapelle Saint-Symphorien was once part of..

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