5 Best Places to see in Paris

  1. Louvre Museum

 

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Where?  Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

When? 9AM-10PM

I first saw Louvre Museum or read about it in Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’. The museum is so rich in history and the architecture is to fall in love with. The Louvre Palace is a former royal palace located on the banks of the Seine in Paris, between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. It became a public museum in 1793. The museum has the world-renowned paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci, Mona Lisa, the Virgin of the Rocks, St. John the Baptist to name a few.

2. Eiffel Tower

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Where? Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

When? 9:30AM-11PM

Eiffel tower needs no introduction. It is the icon of Paris throughout the world, a symbol of the city known as the fashion capital of the world. It is made of wrought iron and stands on Champ De Mars in Paris. The name Eiffel comes from the Engineer,  Gustave Eiffel whose company designed and built the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Its completion took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days. Did you know that it is illegal to take the picture of Eiffel Tower because the lights displayed are considered an artwork and are protected by the copyright law.

3. Arc de Triomphe

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Where? Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

When? 10AM – 11PM

 The Arc de Triomphe was built by the French Emperor, Napoleon in the honour of those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer walls (somewhat like the India Gate in Delhi). Beneath it lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. It is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. The eternal flame of remembrance was lit on 11th November 1923 by Andre Maginot and has never been extinguished since.

4. Chateau de Chenonceau

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Where? 37150 Chenonceaux, France

When? 9:30AM-5PM

A chateau is a large French country house or castle. The Château de Chenonceau spans the River Cher, near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France. It is often known as “the ladies chateau” as throughout its history it is they who have most influenced its design and its destiny. In 1515 Thomas Bohier, a revenue collector began the construction of the Château de Chenonceaux. Unfinished at the time of his death, construction of the château was completed by his wife and son.

5. Mont St.-Michel

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Where? Island commune in Normandy

When? Anytime

Mont St. Michel was built between 11th and 16th centuries and is visited by around 3 million people every year. It is located about 0.6 miles off France’s north-western coast and has an area of 100 hectares. It is interesting to know that its a structural hierarchy of feudal society. On the very top is God, followed by the monastery, the Great halls, then stores and housing, and at the bottom, outside the walls, the fishermen’s and farmers’ housing.

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