The city of Paris is known for its museums, the Louvre being the first one, as well as for its monuments. In 2016, about 31 million tourists came to the capital to enjoy the wonders Paris has in store: the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, the Arc de Triomphe… All these landmarks welcomed the world to tell their stories and – by extension – the city’s. To target your visit, we offer you the top 10 must-see monuments in Paris.
TOP 10 must-see monuments in Paris to visit during your stay:
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower has become the most emblematic monument in Paris. Since 1889, it keeps an eye on the French capital and its inhabitants and amazes those who’ve come to visit it as well as those who discover it from afar. The Iron Lady, symbol and pride of the city, is set on the Champ-de-Mars, near the Place du Trocadéro. An unobstructed view expects you no matter if you’re standing on the first floor or on the last!
The Arc de Triomphe
Nestled in Paris 8th arrondissement, at the beginning of the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the must-sees in the French capital open to all visitors and lovers of beautiful view and altitude. A climbing allowing you to discover the story behind the monument. If you love climbing, you can try your hand with the 284 steps of the monument and admire an unobstructed and 360° view over Paris.
Notre-Dame de Paris
With its thirteen million visitors per year, Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the finest monuments and a witness of Paris history since its construction. Cult place, it’s set in the heart of the Île de la Cité, the cathedral is known and recognized for its splendid rose windows and the hunchback who lived there in Victor Hugo’s work.
Paris must-see museum the Louvre let French and European culture spread out through the permanent exhibition of many works of art, as show some 8 million yearly visitors who come to gaze at Mona Lisa or Liberty Leading the People’s fervor. A place filled with history where art comes out for already two centuries. The Louvre is also a monument since the pyramid is an integral part of the building that makes the happiness of tourists who take pictures of them in front of it.
The Palace of Versailles
Alright, I know what you’re about to say… It’s not in Paris! But its story makes one of the most visited monuments in the region, considered by foreign tourists as a must-seen in Paris. The Palace, built from 1623 (under Louis XIII, it was a small hunt pavilion) is one of the most visited monuments in the region. House of many kings of France, from Louis XIII to Louis XVI is one of the most beautiful witness of the history before and after the French Revolution.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris
Second religious monument the most visited with eleven million visitors, the Basilica built in the 19th century is a delight for the eyes. The Montmartre neighborhood surrounding it is as well. A Basilica on the heights of the city, gazing upon several centuries of history and that tourists enjoy discovering by walking by the Place du Tertre and Pigalle.
The Obelisk in Place de la Concorde
Set at the corner of the Champs-Elysées and rue de Rivoli, the Place de la Concorde houses since 1836 the Luxor Obelisk known today as the Obelisk in Place de la Concorde. A historic treasure coming from the Luxor Temple in Egypt and given to France by Mehemet Ali, vice-king, at the instigation of Jean-François Champollion. A monument linked to Paris by tourists who don’t hesitate to go have a look at it and take pictures.
The Hôtel des Invalides
Originally built to house the army disabled persons, the Hôtel des Invalides now houses, in addition to the war disabled, the Saint-Louis Cathedral, several museums and a military necropolis housing Napoleon I’s tomb.
The Grand Palais
Built in 1897 for the 1900 World Fair, the Grand Palais is mostly known for its glass roof covering the entire ceiling. Today, the place mainly houses Paris trendiest exhibitions as well as some major events such as the Fashion Week and the FIAC.
First and foremost, the Pantheon is a church, but it’s mostly known today as the last house of the Great Men of the Nation. From Marie Curie (one of the only women to rest in peace there) to Alexandre Dumas without forgetting Jean Moulin and now Simone Veil, celebrities that make the history and the glory of France stay there upon the decision of the current government.
Monuments to see and see again for the capital lovers.