You might have heard of Paris before. You might even have been there a few times. But there’s more to this city than just the world-class museums and famous landmarks. There are hidden gems all over that you’ll want to explore!
The Eiffel Tower is a French monument that celebrates the centenary of the French Revolution. It was built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel and is presented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters in its height, the most visited monument in the world, and with 7 million visitors every year, it’s a must-see! The first floor is home to the Eiffel Tower 58, which extends over two floors, 58 meters above the ground as the name suggests. On the second floor, you get a beautiful view of 115 meters.
The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum! It spans an impressive 210,000 square meters, with 60,600 dedicated to exhibitions. Located in the heart of Paris, this former royal palace has hosted some of the world’s most celebrated artists. The museum is housed in the Louvre, a beautiful fortress built under King Philip II in the 12th century. The fortress’s remains can be seen in the basement of the museum! It has a collection of Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities Sculptures of Middle Ages, Renaissance in a museum.
Champs Elysées / Arc of Triumph
When Napoleon saw the ancient Roman architecture, it was love at first sight! He commissioned Jean Chalgrin to design a triumphal arch dedicated to the glory of imperial armies. The Arc de Triomphe is the largest monument of its kind in the world. You’ll be blown away by the sculptures that adorn its pillars and engravings on its walls that list 558 generals and their great victories! The Arc de Triomphe offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Paris. Located on the Place de l’Etoile, this monument is 50 meters high, 45 meters wide, and 22 meters deep. The Champs Elysees leads to the Arc de Triomphe, which is also called “the most beautiful avenue in the world.” This 1.9 km street has an incredible view and is perfect for a stroll! This street has boutiques, cinemas, cafes, and restaurants.
Notre Dame Cathedral
2nd on our list is the iconic landmark in Paris – Notre Dame Cathedral. This Roman Catholic cathedral is located on the eastern half of the Ile de la Cité, and it’s been around since 1163. This cathedral is the best example of French Gothic architecture and remains a sight to see. Its portals are surrounded by sculptures and gargoyles, which makes it even more spectacular. Visiting the cathedral is a great way to spend an afternoon, but you’ll be missing out if you don’t climb up to the top of the towers. There are 387 steps, but it’s worth it to get a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Montmartre is a 130-meter high hill in Paris, named after the surrounding neighborhood. It’s best known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the top. Completed in 1919, it honors the French victims of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 and is a few blocks from the Basilica. The Square of Tertre is a must-see if you’re in the area a few blocks away from Basilica. Place du Tertre is a hub of Montmartre’s artistic past. Surrounded by many artists painting tourists and displaying their work on the streets, it’s a reminder of the time when Montmartre was the hub of modern art in the 20th century
Palace of Versailles
The Château de Versailles is the most famous castle in France. The Palace of Versailles was built around the 17th century as a symbol of military power. Built not only as a sign of French supremacy in Europe but also to demonstrate the political power held by the King, Versailles was the seat. This magnificent complex of buildings, gardens, and terraces is an absolute must-see for all visitors! You won’t believe the accommodations, decorations, and Renaissance art that awaits you.
The Latin Quarter
There’s nothing like the Latin Quarter of Paris to get you in the mood for some serious fun. It is a lively student-filled neighborhood with plenty of bistros, cafés, and restaurants. It’s home to many higher education institutions like the Ecole Normale Superieure, the Ecole des Mines de Paris, and the Ecole Polytechnique!The Latin Quarter, or Quartier Latin, of Paris takes its name from the Latin language. Once used as the international language of learning in Europe, Latin is still one of the major languages taught at universities in Paris!
The Luxembourg garden is a private garden open to the general public. It was established in 1612 at the request of Marie de Medicis to accompany the Luxembourg Palace. The Parisians affectionately call it “Luco.”This garden surrounds the palace of Luxembourg. The Palais du Luxembourg is a neoclassical building in the center of Luxembourg, and it has been the Senate seat since 2007. The beautiful garden provides a place to escape from the bustling streets. André Le Nôtre redesigned the gardens so that you can find beautiful flowers, fruit trees, and even orchids!