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  • 1 St Pierre Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rue St-Pierre F - 60000 Beauvais

    An admirable 13th Century chevet prepares the visitor for the vertiginous views of the vaults 48 metres up. This cathedral is one of the masterpieces of Gothic art in northern France. It is lit by wonderful windows that illuminate the 58-metre transe..

  • 2 Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 60200 Compiègne

    Laid out first by Louis XIV who had 75 stays there punctuated by sumptuous parties, the old chateau was entirely reconstructed by Louis XV. But it was the Empire that brought it its renown, when Napoléon the first made it the Imperial mansion in 1806..

  • 3 Heroes Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Héros F - 62000 Arras

    This square links up with the Grand Square (Grand'Place) by the the rue de la Taillerie. Like its Grand rival, this square has real Flemish architectural balance. Bordered by shops and dominated by the belfry, it is smaller in size but more lively.

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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-..

  • 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 Église du Dôme des Invalides Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    129 r. de Grenelle F - 75007 Paris

    Designed in the French Classical style by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, this church was built between 1677 et 1706. Two cupolas fit one inside the other, illuminated by "hidden light". The beauty of the domes contrasts with the robust aspect of t..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Champs-Élysées Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. des Champs-Élysées F - 75008 Paris

    This grandiose and impressively wide avenue is the city's most famous thoroughfare, home to a string of luxury boutiques. Highly fashionable during the Second Empire period, it has preserved its fine avenues of chestnut trees, theatres and a few rest..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 77300 Fontainebleau

    This château is at once evocative of the Renaissance, with its famous horseshoe staircase, and of the imagery of Épinal, with the poignant scene of Napoleon bidding farewell to the faithful soldiers of the Old Guard in Adieux de Napoléon. In 1528, Fr..

  • 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 Garden façade Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Armes F - 78000 Versailles

    The central pavilion of the Château of Versailles, jutting out from the wings, avoids monotony by the addition of intermittent rows of sculpted columns which break the rigid horizontal lines. The Italian-style flat roof is concealed by a balustrade b..

  • 20 Basilique Saint-Denis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1 r. de la Légion-d'Honneur F - 93200 St-Denis

    The Basilica is a gem of French Gothic architecture and a source of inspiration for the cathedrals of Chartres, Senlis and Meaux. The necropolis of the Kings of France houses a collection - the only one of its kind in Europe - of recumbent figures an..

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