Famous Places In Paris
Famous Places In Paris: There are lots of places to visit by train in Paris: from the Champs-Élysées to the Eiffel tower … and Paris is filled with interesting attractions, like Museums, Sights, Galleries, Markets, Art galleries and theatres that are well worth seeing. This is why the French refer so strongly to Paris as le centre du monde, meaning in English “the centre of the world”.
Champs-Élysées and The Arc de Triomphe
Inaugurated in 1913, this 1 km-long open-to-the-sky avenue is actually 2,717 m long, stretching from the western edge of Paris (l’autoroute du Sud) to the Place de la Concorde, passing through the centre. The Champs-Élysées is a very elegant avenue and it was in many ways the heart of pre-war Paris and was the place where aristocratic Parisians came to go out and stroll with their beautiful clothes (we will see soon why).
On the east of the avenue is the Arc de Triomphe, built between 1800 and 1806. The Arc de Triomphe is the most visited monument in Paris. On the Champs-Élysées, you will find the famous Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel tower is one of the most iconic sights in the world, and it is located at the centre of the Champs-Élysées. With its unique shape and colour, the tower, which was built by Gustave Eiffel between 1888 and 1889, is a real symbol of Paris. The Eiffel tower is located at the heart of the Champs-Élysées which is a major shopping and entertainment area in Paris.
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Why does the Eiffel tower attract so many tourists? The Eiffel tower is the reference point for Paris’ modernisation since the 1960s. This was also a turning point for Paris and one of the key events in French History.
The Eiffel Tower contains a restaurant (The top of the tower) and, on the first floor, you can watch an astronomical show each hour and a concert at the bottom of the tower once a month.
The Louvre (in English the palace), in Paris-sous-seine, is one of the largest museums in the world and the world’s most renowned art gallery.
It was founded in 1583 after King François bought the collection in Rome. From that time, the Louvre museum was the “palace” of the Kings of France. From the 17th century until the end of the 19th century, the king of France and the monarchs belonged to the royal family. So the Louvre has seen almost the whole evolution of Paris and the art world and is currently one of the best places in the world to explore an art collection.
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The Louvre has three entrances, in the following locations: Cour Napoleon, Tuileries and Champs-Élysées, and you can enter at any one of them.
The museum offers free access to visitors (with a passport or an ID card), it is open all day during the year (except Monday) and it offers a 24-hour ticket at a higher price (6 euros).
The Notre-Dame Cathedral is the oldest French cathedral, dating back to the second half of the 13th century. It is also one of the largest churches in the world and it was inspired by the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Reims, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Because it was built in the late Gothic style, the Cathedral is decorated every year to celebrate the Patronesses of the city and the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year our patroness is Our Lady of the Rosary, Queen of the Church.
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