- By Kevin
- On Dec 28, 2017
- Travel Tips
Study the information about the places to visit with Paris before your holiday is necessary.For easy access to tourist sites,the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower,and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées.
Exploring the Musée du Louvre:The history of the Louvre and the history of Paris are practically one.This emblematic building has dominated the center of the city since the 12th century,changing over the years from a medieval fortress(you can still see these foundations in the basement today)to the gargantuan palace it became under the Sun King,Louis XIV,in the 17th century.Today,the Louvre is one of the world's most important museums.
Commemorating Medieval Times at La Sainte-Chapelle:This medieval monument on the Ile de la Citéwas built to house Christ's crown of thorns,which King Louis IX(Saint Louis)bought from the emperor of Constantinople in the 13th century.Considered a veritable masterpiece of Gothic architecture,it features 600 sq.m(6,460 sq.ft.)of magnificent stained-glass windows.The architecture is so delicate that when you are inside the church,you feel as if you are in a palace entirely constructed of colored glass.
Reliving the French Revolution at Place de la Bastille:The Bastille prison once stood here,and its storming on July 14,1789,signaled the start of the French Revolution.In 1794,the revolutionary authorities beheaded 75 enemies of the state with its guillotine.Today,the Bastille Square remains a powerfully symbolic site for Parisians,and many marches and demonstrations start or finish here.