Things To See In Paris

Things To See In Paris

Dominated by the Sorbonne, it was the Latin speaking university students that gave the Latin Quarter area its name. Away from the Boulevard St-Michel, or Boul'Mich as its known, with its fast-food outlets. Our tourist guide to Paris features many attractions including characterful (and good value) restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs. The maze of narrow streets still intrigues.

By the river, on the Quai St-Michel, are the bouquiniste stalls, selling prints, drawings and books. Other tourist attractions include the Panthéon, a magnificent church built from 1764 to 1790. Inspired by Rome's Pantheon, it is now a civil building housing the remains of Voltaire, Rousseau, Zola, the Curies and Alexandre Dumas.

Our tourist guide to Paris lists the top sights to see

 

St-Séverin

St-Séverin

St-Séverin is one of the city's most beautiful churches, completed in 1530 with a remarkable double aisle and beautiful stained glass windows and built in one of Paris' oldest quarters with Rue de la Harpe, the old north-south Gallo-Roman road, nearby.

 

St-Germain-des-Prés

St-Germain-des-Prés

Long associated with the arts, the area boasts some of Paris' most famous cafés such as Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. It's fashionable too with many luxury shops among the tourist attractions. A stroll along Boulevard St-Germain shows bohemian lifestyles as well as fine city planning by Baron Haussmann.

St-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in Paris dating back to 542 although much was destroyed by fire 1794 and was rebuilt in the 19th Century. It blends Gothic and Romanesque styles.

 

Luxembourg Quarter

Luxembourg Quarter

This is where many Parisiens dream of living, a graceful area with the magnificent Luxembourg Gardens and Palace and unspoilt streets that exude style. Head here for the real atmosphere of Paris, one of the quieter Paris tourist attractions.

 

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

No tourist guide to Paris is complete withput mentioning the Eiffel tower. One of the world's most famous structures and most popular of Paris tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower was built for the World Fair in 1889 and was then the highest structure on earth. It was to be pulled down 10 years later but was saved and became the iconic symbol of Paris.

Go early to avoid the queues and travel to the third platform for great city views of Paris' amazingly ordered roofs. The views up the Champs de Mar to École Militaire and across the river to Trocadéro are truly memorable.

 

Hôtel des Invalides

Hôtel des Invalides

The Hôtel des Invalides takes in the richly decorated Église du Dôme, which houses Napoleon's tomb; the Musée de l'Armée; several other museums and, to the east, the Musée Rodin with a fine displays of statues.

There are also fine views across the massive Esplanade des Invalides to the Seine and the magnificent Pont Alexandre III bridge. The Emperor Napoleon's tomb is the centre-piece with his body in six coffins, each inside another, made of tin, mahogany, two of lead, ebony and finally of oak.

 

The Musée de l'Armée

The Musée de l'Armée

The Musée de l'Armée holds 500,000 items, including weapons, armour, artillery, uniforms and much more, organized into "historical collections" through to the end of World War II. The Musée des Plans has a fascinating collection of scale models of towns, harbours and fortresses. A third museum is the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération. Tickets cover all three tourist attractions and they are valid all day.

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