Paris, the City of Light is the world’s most visited capital. The city is proud of its many monuments from the iconic Eiffel Tower to the lofty Notre-Dame cathedral and the majestic Arc de Triomphe. No doubt this is Europe’s most enchanting capital!Read More
Among the famous monuments of Paris, La Tour Eiffel is certainly the most popular. The “dame de fer” (iron lady) is known everywhere in the world.
But did you know that the world-famous metallic tower was built for the Paris International Exhibition in 1889 for the centenary of the French Revolution? At the time of its inauguration, it was the world’s tallest monument.
It welcomes more than 7 million visitors each year and it is estimated that more than 250 million people have visited the tower since its completion. Today the Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid-entrance monument in the world.
The Arc de Triomphe is a monumental triumphal arch that sits at the top of the prestigious Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
It was raised at the centre of Place de l’Étoile (or Place du Général Charles de Gaulle) from where 12 avenues radiate. The Arc de Triomphe was built in honour of the French Imperial army of Napoleon.
You can admire it from afar at the Place de la Concorde or from the Esplanade de la Défense. Read More
Visible from many parts of Paris, the basilica of Sacré-Cœur stands like a whipped-cream church atop the hill of Montmartre. With its Romanesque-Byzantine-style, the church shares more resemblance with the Taj Mahal in India than the Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame! The Sacré-Cœur was built between 1875 and 1914 by architect Paul Abadie and houses France’s biggest bell, La Savoyarde with a weight of 18 tonnes. The panoramic view of Paris from the top of the dome is just breathtaking, especially at sunset! we recommend visiting the church and the neighbouring streets of Montmartre early in the morning to avoid the masses of tourists. Make sure you head to Place du Tertre as well where you can have your portrait painted and soak up the atmosphere. Read More
It is said that the Louvre is the world’s largest museum. Whether it is true or not, it does rank as one of the most majestic palaces of Europe. This was the former residence of the Kings of France. Today the Louvre museum displays over 38,000 pieces of art. Don’t miss visiting the remains of the medieval foundations on the lower ground floor. Some of the most famous are Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Delacroix’ painting Liberty leading the people… The Louvre and its glass pyramid open onto the garden of the Tuileries at the starting point of the Historical Axis. Read More