Monuments in Paris France - Page 1
Virtually everyone will have heard of famous monuments in Paris like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, but there are so many more monuments you can enjoy when you are on holiday in Paris just like Les Invalides and the Tomb of Napoleon through to the Pompidou Centre and the oldest monument in this capital city of France called the Luxor Obelisk, and wherever you turn, there is something else just waiting to be discovered.
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The Eiffel Tower in Paris has become the icon of France and a major tourist attraction in Paris, with 7 million more people still visiting this landmark in Paris every year whilst on holiday in Paris.
The Musee du Louvre is the most well known museum throughout the world and although it is often thought of as just the museum in Paris that holds the Mona Lisa painting, there is so much more to be discovered.
The Ile de la Cite is an island that lies in the middle of the River Seine where people have resided for centuries, and it is here that you will find this famous and impressive cathedral in Paris called the Notre Dame de Paris.
The Arc de Triomphe in Paris was the idea of Napoleon I in order to honour the victories of his Grande Armee, but do not get confused, as there are actually two triumphal arches in Paris and both were commissioned by Napoleon I.
Originally designed as a church it became a place for great men to be buried and turned into the Pantheon, which is one of the great monuments in Paris were we can visit famous people buried here like Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Marie Curie through to the installation of the Foucoult’s pendulum.
It was then decided in 1918 that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier would be buried underneath the arc, plus in 1923 the Eternal Flame was lite also in remembrance of people who had fought for France over the years.
The Hotel National des Invalides is often known as just Les Invalides and is one of the great landmarks in Paris that was initially thought of by King Louis XIV back in 1670, but today houses such things as the tomb of Napoleon, Musee de l’Armee, Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation and Musee des Plans Reliefs.
Les Invalides in Paris is a popular place to visit when on holiday in Paris, and not only do you get to see this impressive building but you can also visit the Tomb of Napoleon within a circular crypt in the Eglise du Dome at Les Invalides.
With a full name of La Grande Arche de la Fraternite, the Grande Arche is one of the more modern monuments in Paris that is located within the Defense area, which is the business district of the city and there are some unusual discoveries to be made when you visit this building.
La Conciergerie was the very first royal palace in Paris that was built on the Ile de la Cite island in the River Seine and was initially called the Palais de la Cite and then eventually it became a prison.
You can see the Sacre Coeur Basilica, which has a full name of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmarte, from virtually everywhere in Paris as it is located on the top of a hill in the Montmartre area 129m above sea level.
The Luxor Obelisk is the oldest monument in Paris which dates back over 3,300 years, is made of red granite with Egyptian hieroglyphics engraved on it, is over 22 metres tall, weighs in at around 250 tons and was originally one of a pair of obelisks that were positioned outside the Luxor temple in Egypt.
Located on the Ile de la Cite island on the River Seine, the Sainte Chapelle has become one of the renowned historical monuments in Paris with some very unique features that makes it an ideal place to visit when on holiday in Paris.
Located in a square in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, this small chapel is one of the relatively unknown monuments in Paris that was built in remembrance of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, but is well worth a visit if you are near hear.
Originally there was an equestrian statue with King Louis XIV that was on display in the centre of the square of Place Vendome, which was to edify the king and his victories, however King Louis XIV never lived long enough to see this happen.
The Place Vendome in Paris is probably most well known as the square that is home to the fabulous Ritz hotel, but is also home to retail stores, famous jewellers and well known dress designers in couture, and in the middle of the square is one of the old monuments in Paris.
The Colonne de Juillet, or July Column as it is known, is one of the monuments in Paris that you can visit today and it is located in the Place de la Bastille square, which has a rich history from the Bastille fortress to the Storming of the Bastille and the French Revolution.
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is a triumphal arch in Paris that is generally classified as just a smaller version of the Arc de Triomphe, with both of these being commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte I in order to commemorate his military victories and honour his army.
Located on the Left Bank of the River Seine, the Musee d’Orsay is one of the museums in Paris that has a diverse collection and starts where the famous Musee du Louvre Museum finish, as its collections dated from 1848 through to 1914.
The Palais Garnier was inaugurated on 5th January 1875 after taking fifteen years to complete and is known today by different names such as the Opera National de Paris, the Palais Garnier or just Opera Garnier, but one of its main focuses now are ballet performances you can enjoy.
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