France’s capital city is one of the most iconic cities in the world, and with so many important buildings and a thriving cultural and artistic scene, it is no surprise that millions of people come to Paris every year.
However, it is certainly one of the more expensive places to visit in Europe and definitely stretches a budget so if you are planning to go loan calculators could help as well as knowing the different regions of the city, check out this guide to Paris by Arrondissement.
With a collection of over thirty five thousand pieces and spanning all areas of history from prehistoric artifacts through to the present day, there is no doubt that The Louvre is one of the premier museums in the world. The building once served as a royal residence, but was first opened as a museum to the public at the end of the eighteenth century, with an exhibition of just five hundred paintings.
While visitors can see thousands of exhibits today, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is the most famous painting in the museum, while the Venus De Milo is one of the best known examples of Greek sculpture also housed at the museum.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is probably the most iconic and impressive building in Paris, standing in the beautiful park of the Champ de Mars, where many people gather to relax and enjoy the sunshine as well as to get a good view of the tower.
At over a thousand feet tall it is one of the tallest towers in Europe, and visitors can buy a ticket to ascend to either one, two or all three levels of the tower. The tower itself was built in 1889 to be the archway welcoming visitors to the 1889 World Fair, and is still one of the most important buildings today.
The majority of people who do go to the highest observation tower do ascend by lift, as the narrow steps up and down are not very practical for visitors.
The Palace Of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is located in an area that was originally a village a short distance outside the capital, but today it is considered as one of the suburbs of Paris.
The palace today is used both as a museum and a tourist attraction as well as being one of the most important ceremonial locations in France, with several government events being held in the palace every year. If you are visiting Versailles you may be overawed by the sheer size and scale of the building, but within the walls of the palace is a museum with a huge collection that is second only to The Louvre in terms of size.
Notre Dame De Paris
Located in the eastern portion of the city, the Notre Dame Cathedral is often named as one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in France, with the two square towers at the front of the building particularly impressive. The rose window in the building is between the two towers, and is very attractive, offering an insight into the popular architecture of religious buildings in the period between the twelfth and the fourteenth centuries when it was built.
The reliquary of the Cathedral holds several important artifacts for Christians, which are said to be the crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ, a fragment of the true cross on which he was crucified and one of the nails used to crucify him.
The Tuileries Garden
Located in central Paris just a short distance from the Arc de Triomphe is the Tuileries Garden, which is an attractive and elaborate public park which is known for having some of the best manicured gardens in Europe.
The gardens are wonderful to explore and have several tree lined boulevards and water features, as well as a beautiful collection of sculptures that are dotted around the garden. As well as the garden itself, there is also a beautiful orangery and a small modern art gallery located within the grounds.