Paris Landmarks – A Must See World Heritage!
Have you ever thought that the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Palace of Versailles were the only Paris landmarks worth visiting? How could you? Paris is full of monuments, museums, and historic places.
If Paris has something that no city has ever had, and will never will, it’s the number of world famous landmarks and tourist attractions. Amazing city that impresses you right from the very first moment you put a step on its streets.
I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit all of them, all Paris landmarks, one by one. From the mysterious Notre Dame de Paris to the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, from the great Panthéon to the Arc De Triomphe, from Les Invalides to the Palace of Versailles. And my beloved Eiffel tower, of course.
Living in Paris has its pros and cons, but the most peculiar thing I find about it, is that all your friends want to visit you often. And of course, what they also want, is to visit as many Paris landmarks as possible.
So I would make a plan for the day, we would get our Paris Pass, and then, we would spend all day out visiting Paris attractions, museums and places.
Then, at the end of the day, feet burning, and eyes aching, we would sit down in a nearby café to have a little rest before going home.
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most visited Paris landmarks. It is located on the Île de la Cité, which was once the center of medieval Paris. The cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
We would first gather at Parvis de Notre Dame, which is the square facing the west facade of the cathedral. A little known fact about this square is that it’s the zero point of roads in France.
Then we would go to the top of the Towers of Notre Dame which is the best part of our visit. They are simply spectacular – 41 m wide, 63 m high, and are the most impressive part of the cathedral. There’s no lift though, so we would count the 387 steps until we get to the top.
The Towers of Notre Dame de Paris are open for visits from 10:00 to 18:30 hours during April, May, and September and from 10:00 to 17:30 hours from October to March.
Entry price is 8.50 euros, unless you hold the Paris Pass, in which case admission is free.
The Panthéon is, in my opinion, one of the most impressive buildings in Paris. It’s located in the Latin quarter, and houses the remains of the most prominent French people.
It was originally built as the church of Sainte-Geneviève. By the time the church was completed though, the purpose of the place had changed.
The site became a mausoleum for the greatest French intellectuals. That’s the burial place of Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Alexandre Dumas.
The Panthéon opening times are from 10:00 to 18:30 hours from April to September and from 10:00 to 18:00 hours from October to March.
For visitors not holding the Paris Pass, the entrance fee is 7 euros.
Opera De Paris – Palais Garnier
It is definitely the most beautiful building in Paris. The Palais Garnier was founded by Louis XIV back in 1669. It is now home of The Paris Opera House, designed by the architect Charles Garnier and inaugurated in 1875.
The most impressive features of this Paris landmark are the Grand Staircase built in marble of different colors, and the richly decorated foyers.
The Paris Opera House is also home to a small gallery which hosts exhibitions as well as a permanent exhibition of the sets of operas from its history.
Guided Tours are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 and 14:30 hours. For visitors not holding the Paris Pass the entrance tickets are set at 12 euros for an adult and 9 euros for a child.
Army Museum and Tomb of Napoleon
The Musée de L’Armée at Les Invalides was originally built by Louis XIV as a hospital and home for disabled soldiers. It now houses the Tomb of Napoleon and the museum of the Army of France.
The Musée de L’Armée was established in 1905 by merging the Artillery Museum and the Historical Army Museum. It contains 500,000 objects, including weapons, armour, artillery, uniforms, emblems and paintings.
Les Invalides is one of the most interesting Paris landmarks for me, because it houses the Tomb of Napoléon. Napoléon passed away in 1821, on the island of St Helena, where he had been in exile since 1815. His remains rested there until October 15th 1840 when King Louis-Philippe ordered the emperor’s body be returned to France.
The museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00 hours from April to September, and from 10:00 to 17:00 hours from October to March. The ticket price is 9 euros. Access for visitors holding the Paris Pass is free of charge.
These historical Paris landmarks are the ones we would visit most often. But there are so much more Paris tourist attractions worth the visit – Musée d’Orsay, Centre Georges Pompidou, Latin Quarter, Basilique de Sacre Coeur, Montparnasse Tower…
So, there would be another friend’s visit, and we would be visiting another Paris landmark. Paris is never short of tourist attractions.