Tourist Attractions

 Monuments:

Arc de Triomphe:

Constructed between 1810 and 1836, this16-story war monument conceived by Napoleon, designed by architect Jean-François Chalgrin, and built at the top of the avenue des Champs-Elysees. Beneath the arch lies the tombe du soldat inconnu (“tomb of the unknown soldier”). It is possible to reach the roof of the monument by climbing nearly three hundred steps, and the view is excellent, while there is an underground pedestrian walkway on the northern side of the Champs-Elysees that provides safe access to the monument.

Sacré-Coeur:

The Sacré-Coeur Basilica (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) building is located on top of the Montmartre hill. The motivation to build this monument was two-fold: the pledge to build a church if Paris escaped unscathed from the war with the Prussians, and the view that the defeat of the French at the hands of the Prussian army in 1870 as a moral condemnation of the sins of Paris. The Basilicas’ large dome towers 83m (272ft) over the top of the Montmartre hill.

Arc du Carrousel:

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is the smallest of the three arches on the Triumphal Way. It was also commissioned by Emperor Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his Austrian victories and honor his grand army. Built from 1806 to 1808 the design was based on the Arch of Constantine in Rome. Consisting of three archways; the largest, central one is 6.5m or 21ft high. The whole structure is 19m (63 ft) high and 23m (75ft) wide.

La Défense:

Completing the Triumphal Way, La Défense is the prime high-rise office district of Paris. Many of Paris's tallest buildings can be found here. Grande Arche de la Défense

is a 106 meters tall (348 ft) white building with the middle part left open. Offices are inside the cubes sides. An elevator can be taken to the top of the Arche de la Défense, from where you have a nice view on the city center which is only 4 km further.

La Madeleine:

This greek temple is actually a church, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. In French, Magdalene is known as Madeleine, hence the name of the building. The Madeleine Church is located at the Place de la Madeleine.

Attractions:

Eiffel Tower:

Standing at 984ft tall (over 300m), the Eiffel Tower is probably Europe's best known landmark and Paris's most famous symbol. The Eiffel Tower was built for the World Exhibition in 1889 and was the tallest structure in the world until 1930.

Notre Dame:

One of the worlds most famous cathedrals, Notre-Dame is located on the Île de la Cité, a small island in the heart of the city. Construction started in 1163 and was not completed until 1345. This impressive building is 128m long with two 69 meter tall towers (420 x 226 ft). The Cathedral includes large rose windows and famous gargoyles.

Louvre:

Considered to be the world's greatest art museum, the Louvre was opened as a public museum in 1793. It is home to over 300,000 artworks, antiquities and statues, including the Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa'. The entrance to this museum is through a 21-metre / 67-feet glass pyramid, as seen in “The Da Vinci Code” movie.

Champs-Elysées:

The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is one of the most famous avenues in the world.

This large promenade runs from the Place the la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, the site of the Arc de Triomphe. Along the way are luxury shops, cafes, theatres, arranged gardens and the residence of the French President.

Moulin Rouge:

Opened in October 1889, the Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) has since become “a temple of music and dance.” The adult entertainment show features spectacular sets and over 100 performers in extravagant costumes. Amongst the performances in the two nightly shows, is the famous Can-Can.

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