For more than 2000 years, Paris, which is the capital city of France has endured being one of the greatest cities on earth. The city, which has nicknames such as the “city of lights” or “the city of love” plays host to some of the most spectacular grandiose monuments. While touring the city, be on the lookout on the smaller fine details such as a Labyrinth of various old streets, avant-garde galleries, manicured trees, majestic cathedrals, and the charming cobblestone streets. Additionally, Paris is also home to some of the world’s most fabulous fashion designs such as Christian Dior, Lancôme, and Yves Saint-Laurent among others. Here are some of the main tourist attractions that one should visit when in France.
The Eiffel Tower
It is funny how the structure, which was once, considered a monstrosity became one of the most visited tourist attraction. The tower, which lies in the heart of Paris, was constructed for the World Exposition of 1989. It is built with 18,000 iron sections, 2.5 Million rivets and its 324 meters high. While visiting the tower, one can choose to either take the elevator or walk up to the first and the second level. Going to the top of the tour will require one to use a lift, for one of the most exhilarating moments they will ever have in their life. For those wishing for a culinary treat, the Jules Verne Restaurant on the second floor will be perfect for you.
Musee du Louvre
Ranking among the top most visited museums in the world, The Musee du Louvre is one of the principal tourist attractions in Paris. The site that was once home to the France kings contains around 30,000 pieces of art, which are mainly paintings from the 15th to the 19th century. Entering the museum, one comes across its signature glass pyramid. While touring the whole museum is not possible in one visit, one should try to focus on a particular gallery such as the French paintings of the 17th century, the classical chapters, among others. A must see art pieces include the famous Mona Lisa, the Wedding Feast at Cana done in 1953 and the Venus de Milo sculpture.
Arc De Triomphe
Constructed in the early 1800s, the Arc de Triomphe stands as a majestic emblem of Napoleon Bonaparte’s triumphs. The structure is 148 meters wide and 164 feet boasting a carefully curated piece of architecture. The Arc de Triomphe has a number of larger than life figures, which portray the victory of the French army and engravings of the names of the French soldiers that fought during the revolution. While at the top, one is treated to a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and the 12 avenues emanating from the Place de I’Eroile.
Additionally, one can visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the daily ritual of rekindling the memorial flame. This is done in honor of the unknown soldiers who fought during the world war one.
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
A trip to Paris is only complete after one has visited the Notre-Dame located in the Ile de la Cite, an island found at the centre of Paris. The Cathédrale took more than 150 years to complete and boasts about the rich French Gothic architecture. It is mainly comprised of a spire at the middle and two spires, which are approximately 120 meters high.
Before one get’s over the decorative doorway, the sanctuary provides a stunning view of the Cathédrale’s vaulted space. As if that is not enough, the light of flickering candles, the light passing through the stained glass windows will take you away. While there why don’t you take a look at one specific window in the north transept; the Rose Window.