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Top 10 Sites in Paris

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Top 10 Sites in Paris

Paris is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. French are proud people and they have a lot to reasons to be that way. The French capital alone has many incredible sites and it is best to have at least two three days to explore it. Here are top 10 things to see and do to make the most out of your Parisian experience!

1. Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower,is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
Eiffel Tower - Top 10 Sites in Paris

2. The Louvre Museum
The Louvre or Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). With more than 8 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the world's most visited museum.
The Louvre Museum - Top 10 Sites in Paris

3. Château de Versailles
The Palace of Versailles , or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. In French it is the Château de Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.
Château de Versailles - Top 10 Sites in Paris

4. Cathedrals and Churches
Notre Dame Cathedral alone is a must see in the city. A beautiful Gothic sanctuary is definitely an important signature of Paris. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre is another famous landmark.
Cathedrals and Churches - Top 10 Sites in Paris

5. Palais Garnier
The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.
Palais Garnier - Top 10 Sites in Paris

6. Vedettes du Pont-Neuf
The cruise along the Seine takes off from Louvre, passes Eiffel Tower and goes to the Cathedral Notre-Dame. A very romantic activity in the evening.
Vedettes du Pont-Neuf - Top 10 Sites in Paris

7. Arches
An arch is a structure that spans a space and supports structure and weight above it. Arches appeared as early as the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamian brick architecture and their systematic use started with the Ancient Romans who were the first to apply the technique to a wide range of structures.
Arches - Top 10 Sites in Paris

8. Père Lachaise Cemetery
Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, though there are larger cemeteries in the city's suburbs.
Père Lachaise is in the 20th arrondissement and is notable for being the first garden cemetery, as well as the first municipal cemetery. It is also the site of three World War I memorials. The cemetery is on Boulevard de Ménilmontant. The Paris Métro station Philippe Auguste on line 2 is next to the main entrance, while the station called Père Lachaise, on both lines 2 and 3, is 500 metres away near a side entrance. Many tourists prefer the Gambetta station on line 3, as it allows them to enter near the tomb of Oscar Wilde and then walk downhill to visit the rest of the cemetery.
Père Lachaise Cemetery - Top 10 Sites in Paris

9. Galeries Lafayette
The Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket French department store company located on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. In 2009, Galeries Lafayette recorded earnings of over one billion euro. It is a part of the company Groupe Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette - Top 10 Sites in Paris

10. French National Day
Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale and commonly Le quatorze juillet The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on the 14th July 1790. Celebrations are held all over France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests.
French National Day - Top 10 Sites in Paris

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