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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 Musée des Plans-reliefs Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4e étage, côté ouest F - 75007 Paris

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

  • 4 La Défense Main Arch Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parvis de la Défense F - 92044 Paris-la-Défense

    Built out of a single block, this huge 110m-high glass and white Carrara marble arch was designed by the Danish architect Otto von Spreckelsen. The Grande Arche, which takes the form of an empty cube, is the final point of Paris' historical centrelin..

  • 5 La Défense Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parvis de la Défense F - 92800 Puteaux

    The Puteaux, Courbevoie and Nanterre councils share this constantly mutating "business district". A huge esplanade scattered with contemporary sculptures, the Palais de La Défense (CNIT), which, with its huge dome, is the best known of the ..

  • 6 Palais de Chaillot Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place 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..

  • 7 Musée National de la Marine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    17 place 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 17C to 19C; a collection of naval sculptures, including figureheads; decorative features, cer..

  • 8 The Jacquemart-André Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    158 boulevard 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..

  • 9 Palais de la Découverte Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Avenue 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..

  • 10 Musée de l'Orangerie Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jardin des Tuileries (côté Seine) 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 ..

  • 11 Cognacq-Jay Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    8 rue 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..

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

    Religious buildings

    2 place 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 Baltard and Lassus, in the 19C. It is the porch which draws attention with its central doo..

  • 13 Musée des Arts Décoratifs Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    107 rue 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..

  • 14 Église Saint-Eustache Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    126 rue Rambuteau 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..

  • 15 Centre Georges-Pompidou Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place 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..

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

    Religious buildings

    Place 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..

  • 17 Church of St-Séverin Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1 rue des Prêtres-St-Séverin F - 75005 Paris

    A flamboyant church made up of the double Ambulatory of the choir, which the ceiling with the multiple mouldings descending onto columns has led to be compared to a palm grove. Beautiful stained glass windows from the late 15C and modern windows of ..

  • 18 The National Museum of the Middle Ages Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    6 place Paul-Painlevé F - 75005 Paris

    The former mansion of the abbots of Cluny, one of the rare private residences of the 15C, houses the 3C Roman baths. The galleries are devoted to the Middle Ages: extraordinary tapestries of the «milles fleurs» genre the stars being the six hangings ..

  • 19 Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1 place Ste-Geneviève F - 75005 Paris

    The church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont is known for its superb rood screen, its organs and Saint Geneviève, who is venerated here. The original façade, comprising three superimposed pediments, is emphasised by the upward sweep of the belfry. Inside the ..

  • 20 Panthéon Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place du Panthéon F - 75005 Paris

    This building crowned by a dome was started in 1758 based on plans by Soufflot to replace the church of Sainte-Geneviève. No sooner was it completed than the Revolution turned it into a pantheon for the ashes of some of France's greatest citizens (cr..

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