Best Places to Visit in Paris
Unforgettable Paris: 5 Parisian Tourist Attractions You Must Check Out
Paris – Known as the love and romance capital of the world, this city has more to offer especially from a cultural and architectural perspective. Check out the list of 5 Parisian tourist attractions below, and you will surely fall in love with this romantic city!
Centre Georges Pompidou
When it was opened in 1977, Centre Georges Pompidou stunned the world with its “inside out” architecture topped with radiantly colored pipes displayed on the outside. Built as a cross-cultural arts center, this creation by architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano showcases a cinema, library, a number of different shops, and a performance theater. Within the walls of Centre Georges Pompidou, one will also find the excellent Modern Art Museum.
On the other hand, the outer courtyard is usually crowded with tourists and locals alike – gathering to savor the area’s relaxing ambience. If you do visit Centre Georges Pompidou, don’t forget to check out the wonderful Stravinsky Fountain – a fountain that was inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird.’ And just in case you’re wondering, it showcases a bird that sprays water as it spins.
Geographically and spiritually, Notre-Dame is the ‘heart’ of France. The stone foundation of this awe-inspiring cathedral located on Ile de la Cite was laid down by Pope Alexander III in 1163. However, it took a massive army of craftsmen and 170 years of continuous work to FULLY realize the impressive design concocted by Bishop Maurice de Sully.
Within the Cathedral Of Notre-Dame, you will also find the country’s largest organ and the stunning stone tympanum known as the Portal Of Virgin Mary.
Musee du Louvre
Home to over 35,000 priceless objects and artifacts, there’s little doubt that Musee du Louvre is one of the most impressive museums not just in France but in the whole world.
Established in 1190, the museum also served as a home to King Charles V. About 5 centuries after it was established, its original design was replaced by a Renaissance-themed palace. Around about the same time (16th Century), the royal art collection was founded in Musee du Louvre and showcased 12 paintings that originated from Italy.
The Eiffel Tower
Recognized as the romantic symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower was established back in 1889 as part of the Universal Exposition, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
However, it’s not all rosy and pleasant for the massive Parisian tower. Matter of fact, leading French writers, architects, and artists banded together to denounce the construction of the Eiffel Tower – calling it useless and monstrous. Guy de Maupassant went as far as calling the tower a “high and skinny pyramid of iron ladders” while novelist Leon Boy dismissed it as a “truly tragic streetlamp.”
About a century later, people stare at the tower and are impressed by its perfect symmetry. Atop the tower during evenings, visitors are treated to an enchanting sight of the city and with the Seine River glittering with lights. Romantic indeed!
Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart)
A basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacre-Coeur is one of the most photographed places in the city. Established as a memorial to the French soldiers who risked and lost their lives during the Franco-Prussian war, you will find priests in the basilica – praying for the souls of the dead ‘round the clock.
For a structure that took 46 years to build, Sacre-Coeur’s interior is NOT as impressive as those of other churches within the city. However, visitors and vacationers flock to the basilica for panoramic views. And during sunset, finding Parisian sights that are more memorable is almost next to impossible!