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Best Places To Visit In Paris- The City Of Lights

  

Paris is in every person's bucket list. It's a fantasy world for the children and a dream vacation to grownups. Situated on the banks of river Seine, Paris makes a statement by its enigmatic atmosphere and architectural opulence. An epitome of contemporary art and medieval grandiosity, the city of romance exhibits the past and the present at the same forefront. The city is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and there is something exemplary to witness at every nook and cranny.

The surreal charm makes it difficult to resist the allure of the city. Some of the most celebrated gems are the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and many more. Out of many, here is the list of our top 15 favorites.

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The Eiffel Tower

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One of the most visited tourist spots in the world, there is no way that anyone is unfamiliar with this iconic monument. Build in 1889, this tower made of wrought iron has enchanted people from all over the globe. Eiffel tower is greatly regarded for its grandeur and magnificence with the credit due to its chief architect Gustav Eiffel. The best way to experience this monument is by taking a walk up to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower or taking the elevator to the top and enjoying the beautiful view of the city. On every floor of the tower, there is a selection of restaurants and shops which will make your experience even more memorable.

Champs-Elysees

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Stretching for more than a mile, from the Place de la Concorde to the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees is one of the most famous boulevards in the entire country of France. The French call it “the world’s most beautiful avenue” making it a must visit on a trip to Paris. The boulevard is lined with many famous designer brands and boutiques which will surely bring out the shopaholic in everyone. You can also find many wonderful outdoor restaurants and the most famous macaroon shop in the city, The Ladurée Paris.

The Louvre

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Earning the title of the most visited museum in the world, The Louvre is the “museum among museums”.If you only had time to visit one museum in Paris, it should definitely be the Louvre. From the modern glass pyramid in the courtyard to the Egyptian mummy tombs, this museum holds the past and the present under the same roof. The museum is said to have so many art pieces that it would take a person 100 days to actually see every single one of them. Some of the most famous art pieces that the Louvre holds are Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Michelangelo’s Dying Slave, Lamassus, and Great Sphinx of Tanis.

Palace of Versailles

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The former residence of King Louis XIV's, Palace of Versailles is a definition of extravagance and imperial grandeur making it a must visit when traveling to Paris. Build in the 17th century, this palace comprises magnanimous gardens, hall of mirrors, beautiful fountains and a globally renowned collection of art. The decor of the palace has been influenced by every passing decade since the 17th century, whether it be the reign of King Louis XIV's or the historic French revolution. You can explore the 2,300-room palace, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Chapel, and the King's Private Apartments. Palace of Versailles is a peephole to the past and the experience is one of the most coveted.

Disneyland

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When you reach Disneyland Paris, the little child in you is bound to be delighted. Disneyland Paris is a dream world for all Disney lovers. With amazing live shows of the old and new Disney tales, enchanting sleeping beauty castle, exhilarating rides, and sparkly Disney Illuminations show you are bound to experience Disney like nowhere else. While you are at Disneyland you should not miss amazing rides like Crush’s Coaster, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Autopia, Arcade Beat’em Disney Animation, Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups and many more.

Jardin Du Luxembourg

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The Luxembourg gardens are a great escape from the hustle bustle of the city. These gorgeous gardens are inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence and has a geometric forest and a beautiful pond within its confines. The Gardens also have sports courts, including basketball and baseball but the best way to experience it is by laying down and enjoying the beautiful orchards or making a visit to the greenhouses, displaying a beautiful collection of breathtaking orchids and roses. There is also the first public French museum in the confines of the garden called as the Musee du Luxembourg which is also worth a visit.

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Located right along the scenic River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Parisian icon and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. The architecture of the church showcases intricate stone facades and carefully carved statues. The church has a lot to admire, few of them being, Salle Haute which has amazing gothic architecture; the Galerie des Chimères holding the famous gargoyles, including the famous Stryge and the famous 13-ton great bell, called as 'Emmanuel'. A walk up to the top of the church to witness the stunning paranormal view of the skyline of Paris is a must.

Montmartre

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Montmartre is a hillock village where one can lose themselves in the steep and cobbled streets of one of the most historic and mesmerizing neighborhoods in Paris. This beautiful complex has been an inspiration for many artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Amedeo Modigliani. Most famous for Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre has a lot more to discover than just the church. One can take a walk around the village and look out for the bars and kebab shops lining the narrow cobblestone streets. One can also look out for Rue de Steinkerque, the best place to find cheap deals in Paris. Montmartre is also one of the best places to witness the artwork of 17th and 18th-century Paris.

Arc de Triomphe

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Overlooking the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe is the biggest arc in the world. Commissioned by Napoléon to honor the Grande Armee and celebrate his victory at Austerlitz, Arc de Triomphe showcases the history of 18th century France. The immense size of the arc and the intricate stonework is mesmerizing and breathtaking. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier constructed to pay respects to the nameless soldiers who died in the world war I. One can also climb up to the arc to experience the beautiful view of Champs-Élysées and Paris skyline.

Quartier Latin

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Located on the bank of Seine, Quartier Latin is one of the main attractions of Paris. Famous for the renowned institutes scattered around the quarters such as Sorbonne and the Collège de France, the vibe of the place is young and hip. The area has many cafés and restaurants which are casual and welcoming and can almost always be seen packed with Parisians, tourists and college students. Some of the main attractions to visit when traveling to Quartier Latin are Pantheon, the Musée National du Moyen- ge, the Luxembourg gardens and museum, and the Arènes de Lutèce.

The Musée d'Orsay

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Displaying almost all Western artistic creation from 1848 to 1914, The Musée d'Orsay is famous for its rich collection of impressionist works. This museum was formerly a railway station along the Left Bank and now showcases painting and art installations from periods of realism, neoclassicism, impressionism, and symbolism. The museum also holds a number of sculptures, as well as photography and even furniture displays. When visiting one should not miss the painting Georges Seurat, The Circus, Auguste Renoir, Bal du Moulin de la Galette, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, and Auguste Renoir.

Palais Garnier- Opera National de Paris

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A paragon of architectural splendor, Palais Garnier is a 19th century Opera built by Charles Garnier. Its old world interiors and extravagance impregnate the halls of the Palais Garnier making it one of the most iconic operas in the world. The Opara exhibits Library-Museum which flaunts the collections, conserving the three centuries of the theatre's history and galore. The best way to experience the Palais Garnier is by attending a ballet or opera and experience the main auditorium who's ceiling painted by Chagall is exemplary on its own.

Paris Catacombs

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The skull-and-boned lined tunnels in the confines of the catacombs, display the less discovered side of the city. When the space in the cemetery in Paris started to reduce in the 1800s, many skeletons from the cemetery were transferred to this catacomb to make space for the new ones. It took 12 years to move 6 million bodies from all the Parisien graves. Now, the catacombs inhabit the veritable labyrinth of dead humans and essentially the dark side of Paris. It is one mile long and the floor is uneven so make sure you wear shoes. A must visit when traveling to Paris, this place is definitely not for the weak hearted.

Haussmann Street

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Stretching for more than 2 km, from Avenue de Friedland right up to Boulevard Montmartre, Haussmann Street is one of the most happening streets in Paris. Considered a favorite among shopping and art enthusiasts, it is one the most coveted streets to be visited. Lined by major departmental stores to elaborate shopping centers, Haussmann street is the best place to discover the high street fashion. On the quieter sides of the street, you will find Musée Jacquemart-André, showcasing the fine arts and decorative arts. You will also find Place Saint-Augustin and its imposing church on the same street.

Le Marais

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Home to the French writer Victor Hugo, Le Marais is one of Paris's oldest districts. The district has an old world charm to its streets and architecture and will make you feel like you time traveled to medieval Paris. The district was a Jewish quarter in the 13th century and the influence is felt in parts of the street rue des Rosiers, which feature some old delis and bakeries. Now, the district is a hub for the gay communities of Paris and features many new age boutiques and vibrant nightlife. The best way to explore Le Marais is by walking around and enjoying the cultural amalgamation that this part of the city offers.

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