Must-see landmarks in Paris

Palais Garnier, photo by scarletgreen on Flickr

As the capital of France, Paris is the place where you can find almost all the things that France is famous for. Some of the finest restaurants in the world can be found in Paris, and let’s not even start with all the designer shops and boutiques. If you want to wine, dine, shop and sip cafe au laits at sidewalk cafes in a purely French style, then Paris can keep you busy for weeks. But another great feature of Paris are its landmarks, which you can see scattered around the city whether you are keeping an eye out for them or not. When you’re in the city of lights, take some time to visit some of the must-see landmarks in Paris, you won’t regret it!

Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle

The Arc de Triomphe is possibly the most famous landmark in Paris, seen as a symbol of the city all over the world, and a monument that has spawned copies in many other cities on the planet. The arch is dedicated to those who died and fought in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, so the names of battles and generals are inscribed on the walls of the monument. Under the arch you can see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, dedicated to the unidentified dead of WWI and II.

Panthéon, Latin Quarter

Pantheon, photo by Michal Osmenda

The Panthéon is the most iconic building in the Latin Quarter, and it functions as a mausoleum for important French citizens. In earlier times, the building was a church dedicated to St Genevieve, and housed her relics. The neoclassical building, whose facade is modeled on the Pantheon of Rome, overlooks the entire city. Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Marie Curie are some of the people buried in the Panthéon.

Conciergerie

The Conciergerie used to be a royal palace, and then a prison where prisoners from the French Revolution were held before being sent to the guillotine. Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was held in the Conciergerie, and her cell was later turned into a chapel dedicated to her memory. The building was opened to the public in 1914, and despite the fact that only a small part of it is accessible to tourists, it is one of the muse-see landmarks in Paris.

Palais Garnier

Arc de Triomphe, photo by roblisameehan on Flickr

The splendid building was home to the Paris Opera until 1989, and now it is mainly used by the Paris Ballet and for smaller operas. The building is stunning on the outside, but you haven’t seen anything unless you attend a performance. The opera house was the inspiration and the setting for Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera novel. The Grand Staircase and the Grand Foyer, basking in golden light and incredible decorations will take your breath away.

 

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