- By Kevin
- On Sep 1, 2017
- Travel Tips
Paris is one of the most historic capitals in the world and has a wealth of culture to discover from monuments and museums,to other historic buildings.Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most popular landmarks in Paris,celebrated in the iconic story the Hunchback of Notre Dame.See the towers,gargoyles,huge nave and ringing bells and marvel at this French Gothic cathedral.On theÎle de la Citéyou’ll also find the Sainte-Chapelle which is famed for its breath-taking stained glass windows.If you’re in Paris for longer and fancy a day trip out of town,the Palace of Versailles is not to be missed to see the stunning 18th century architecture,Hall of Mirrors and Grand Apartments.Visit some of Paris’most iconic monuments with our Paris city guides.
One of the most important monuments–and most popular–is the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysees.Not only is this one of the most photographed buildings in Paris,but it’s one of the most significant in terms of Paris’social history.This triumphal arch was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and was to commemorate the brave French soliders and the eternal flame burns above the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today.The Arc de Triomphe also commands great views over Paris from the top of the viewing platform–one not to be missed!
Another top Paris monument and landmark on your bucket list should be the Panthéon.This historic neoclassical building,holds the tombs of some of the most illustrious French intellectuals of all time and its façade is reminiscent of that of the ancient Pantheon in Rome.Among those buried in its necropolis are Voltaire,Rousseau,Victor Hugo andÉmile Zola–among others.
Visit Paris’only skyscraper,the Montparnasse Tower,for unparalleled 360 views over Paris.On a clear day you can see up to 40kms away from the 56th floor observation deck.Take in the panorama of central Paris and see the River Seine,Eiffel Tower,Tuileries and Les Invalides–as well as other important landmarks marking Paris’horizon.If you visit at dusk,see the city fall beneath the shadows and light up for a really memorable experience.Don’t forget your camera!