The main attractions of Paris
It is hard to imagine a person who would not want to visit Paris. And finally, your dream came true, and you are in Paris. If you are in Paris for the first time, then exploring the city and its attractions can be quite a challenge – because this city is full of rich history and unsurpassed beauty. It’s almost impossible to see everything at once, but there are a number of sights of Paris that you should definitely see. We present to your attention the top ten of the best sights of Paris, which are considered the most popular because of its historical significance and aesthetic appeal.
1. The Eiffel Tower. This building serves as the hallmark of Paris and is considered to be the most important landmark in Paris. It was built in 1889 under the project of an outstanding engineer Gustave Eiffel for the World Exhibition, which was held in Paris. At the very beginning, the Parisians were dissatisfied with its construction, there was even a question about its dismantling. But fortunately this did not happen. The Eiffel Tower constantly attracts the attention of tourists and visitors to the city. Over the past years, it has been visited by more than 220 million visitors, and today it is very difficult to imagine Paris without the brilliant work of Eiffel. It is especially interesting to watch it at night when it illuminates the sky with bright lights and a game of ray-lasers.
2. The Louvre. To fully meet the Louvre, probably not enough human life. But, nevertheless, it is necessary to get acquainted with some of the sights of this unique museum. Here are collected the largest and most extensive collections of paintings, sculptures and decorative masterpieces, which were created by their creators before the beginning of the twentieth century. Here you can contemplate the mysterious Monna Lisa and the unsurpassed Venus de Milo. You can also enjoy the works of such great masters as Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Rubens, as well as many others. The construction of the palace is a witness to the rich history of France, which covers the period from the distant Middle Ages to the present day.
3. Museum Orsay. While walking along the bridge from the Louvre to the Museum d’Orsay, you can see that it is a bridge between classical and modern art. In the halls of this museum are the most valuable collections of paintings of impressionists and post-impressionists. In the spacious halls of the three-story building you can see the works of Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Delacroix and many others who are looking forward to your visit.
4. Cathedral of Notre Dame. Your visit will be incomplete if you do not visit one of the wonders of Gothic architecture – Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. This building is considered to be one of the most beautiful and unique cathedrals in Europe. His unique and stunning towers, steeples, stained glass windows will surely take your breath away. In the Middle Ages, this cathedral was considered the heart of Paris. It was built over a hundred years. From the North Tower of the cathedral, an unusual panorama of Paris will open to your view. If you see the Cathedral of Not Dame, then you will understand why it is considered one of the wonders of Paris.
5. Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. The Triumphal Arch was built by order of Emperor Napoleon I. According to his plan, this almost 50-meter structure should have aroused a sense of absolute military power and celebration. This construction was built in an era when the leaders of the society erected monuments in their honor, and the scale of these structures rightly reflected the size of their ego. Beautiful bas-reliefs and sculptures that adorn the arch, remind descendants of the generals and soldiers of Napoleon. After seeing this magnificent structure, be sure to take a walk along the grand avenue – Champs Elysees.
6. Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Not every person will come up with the idea, while in Paris, to visit the cemetery. Of the many, there are some that deserve your attention. The Pere Lachaise Cemetery is considered one of the most “poetic” cemeteries in the world. On its territory are the graves of famous people who created the history of Paris. Here the great playwright Moliere, the writer Oscar Wilde and the unforgettable Edith Piaf, whose voice resounds to this day, have found their peace.
7. Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge. At the highest point of Paris, on the Montmartre hill, is the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, with uniquely white domes. The basilica was consecrated in 1909. In addition to its stunning view, it is known for its golden mosaic interior, and from its terrace visitors enjoy the magnificent panorama of Paris. Be sure to take a ride on the funicular, which is located next to the metro station, to the top of Montmartre. Walking through Montmartre, be sure to find, and if possible visit, the legendary Parisian cabaret – Moulin Rouge.
8. Sorbonne and Latin Quarter. Another bright landmark in Paris is the Sorbonne, which is considered the historical soul and heart of the Latin Quarter. For many centuries, here at the Sorbonne, scientific thought flourished. It was founded in 1257 to teach a small group of students in theology.