18 top Paris landmarks

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Paris in itself is a huge attraction that many dream of visiting. Indeed, this city is a real concentrate of the most interesting objects. Even if you spend a week or two in Paris, the chances of seeing all the delights of the French capital are zero. But it is quite possible to get acquainted with the most iconic sights of this amazing city.

Our ranking contains the most interesting and attractive places in Paris. They open the city from different angles, and you can see Paris not only romantic or historical, but also sublime, comic, tragic, mystical, enchanting. It is likely that some of these attractions will ruin your image of Paris. But what could be more valuable than finding out your true face? Therefore, do not limit yourself to the 'symbolic' sights – visit diverse places and make your trip to Paris as informative and exciting as possible.

Rating of the most important attractions in Paris

Nomination a place Sight Rating
Rating of the most important attractions in Paris 1 Eiffel Tower 5.0
2 Louvre 4.9
3 Notre Dame de Paris 4.9
4 Versailles 4.8
5 Triumphal Arch 4.8
6 Elysian Fields 4.7
7 Montmartre 4.7
8 Basilica of the Sacre Coeur 4.7
9 Moulin rouge 4.6
10 Luxembourg Gardens and Palace 4.6
11 The grand opera 4.5
12 Orsay Museum 4.5
13 Disneyland paris 4.5
14 Isle of Cité 4.4
15 Pere Lachaise cemetery 4.3
16 House of the disabled 4.2
17 Catacombs of paris 4.1
28 Conciergerie Palace 4.0

Eiffel Tower

Rating: 5.0

Eiffel Tower

Tour Eiffel – this is how the name of the most important symbol of not only Paris, but also the whole of France sounds in French. There are many ancient attractions here, but the relatively young (built only in 1889) the Eiffel Tower managed to outshine them all. Every year millions of people from all over the world get acquainted with this masterpiece of engineering. And this is not an exaggeration – the number of visitors is steadily growing, and already reaches seven million a year. In the 'record' days, the tower was visited by over 30 thousand tourists. Due to the huge influx, this attraction is considered the most popular in the world. And also – the most expensive in the world. The estimated cost of the Eiffel Tower is about 550 billion euros, which is significantly higher than the cost of other world attractions (the second place in Europe is occupied by the Roman Colosseum, which is estimated at only 90 billion euros). However, this project was successful from the very beginning – Eiffel returned the funds invested in the construction in just a year.

Advantages

  • A very romantic place.
  • Convenient location (near the metro, bus stops).
  • Great views of Paris.
  • There is a restaurant, shops, cafes.
  • There is a history museum.
  • Affordable ticket prices.
  • It is possible to purchase tickets online (we highly recommend doing this to avoid wasting time in the queue).

disadvantages

  • Long lines.
  • There are many tourists both outside and inside.
  • Obsessive souvenir sellers around.
  • You need to be vigilant – pickpocketing is possible, as well as a lot of fraudsters, beggars.
  • It's windy upstairs.
  • Not recommended for those suffering from acrophobia (fear of heights) – glass floors, in the upper section the elevator staggers under the force of the wind.

Louvre

Rating: 4.9

Louvre

The Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum), or, as it is often called simply the Louvre, is one of the world's most valuable treasuries of art. Last year, this world-famous Parisian museum was visited by more than 10 million tourists. And this is not surprising – after all, the Louvre has the richest collections, which come to Paris from all over the world. It houses such masterpieces as 'Mona Lisa' and 'Venus de Milo', 'Nike of Samothrace' and 'Ramses II'. In general, the number of exhibits is in the hundreds of thousands, and more than 35 thousand are on display. It will take about 10 hours to give each of them one second of attention. Even after devoting an entire day to a tour of the Louvre, it is impossible to get acquainted with all the exhibits (it was calculated that only a quick acquaintance would take at least a week). Therefore, before visiting, it is advisable to purchase a special map with which you can view all the 'top' exhibits in a few hours.

Advantages

  • A huge number of world masterpieces.
  • The third place in the world in terms of occupied area (more than 160 thousand sq. M.), And a third of the area is reserved for expositions.
  • Free admission for visitors under 18 years old, disabled people and a number of other categories.
  • Once a month (every first Sunday) admission is free for everyone.
  • Photography is permitted (without using flash).
  • The museum has an excellent site with interactive and multimedia tools.

disadvantages

  • Long queues for tickets.
  • There is no audio guide in Russian.
  • There is always a large crowd of people near the most popular exhibits.

Notre Dame de Paris

Rating: 4.9

Notre Dame de Paris

The history of the most magnificent cathedral in France – Notre-Dôme de Paris – begins in the XII century, and its construction lasted for almost two centuries. According to the architects, this church was supposed to accommodate all the inhabitants of Paris, whose population at that time was only about ten thousand people.

An interesting architectural feature of this building is the absence of walls. The building consists of pillars connected by arches, and the openings are filled with stained glass windows. This temple has an absolutely unique look, in which the Romanesque style is combined with the Gothic.

Notre Dame Cathedral, as Notre Dame de Paris is also called, annually visits more than 14 million people. He has become a source of inspiration for writers and artists, composers and filmmakers. In addition to the most famous novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, the cathedral is displayed in many literary works. Also, this majestic temple can be seen in a number of films and even cartoons.

Advantages

  • Convenient and beautiful location – in the center of Paris, on the Ile de la Cité.
  • The cathedral contains important Christian relics, in particular the crown of thorns of Christ.
  • The coronation of the imperial couple Napoleon I and Josephine, the wedding of Henry IV with Queen Margot, and many other important events took place in Notre Dame de Paris.
  • The temple has many unique attractions, such as the Gallery of the Kings, which immortalized the rulers of ancient Judea, the famous gargoyles-gutters, figures of the apostles at the spire, etc.
  • The organ in Notre Dame de Paris is one of the oldest and largest, and has the largest number of registers in France (110). There are two observation platforms with a magnificent view of Paris.
  • There are booklets in Russian, you can use the services of a Russian-speaking guide.

disadvantages

  • There is a long queue – both to the entrance to the temple and to the observation platforms.
  • There is no lift to the observation decks – ascent only on foot.
  • The viewing platforms are quite crowded – the narrow balcony space is usually filled with people.
  • Difficult to photograph because of the metal safety grill.

Versailles

Rating: 4.8

Versailles

The palace and park complex of Versailles, located in the suburbs of Paris, is included in the hundred wonders of the world and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The territory of the complex is more than 900 hectares, on which, besides the palace itself, other interesting objects are located (trianons, a play pavilion, gardens and parks, a farm, etc.)

Many significant events are associated with this place not only in French, but also in world history. In Versailles, the most important international treaties and other documents were signed, such as the treaty on the end of the war for US independence, the treaty on the end of the First World War. Here the creation of the German Empire was proclaimed and the Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. And this is only a tiny part of the history of Versailles, which is one of the most important places among the sights of Paris. A visit to this complex is not only an opportunity to see firsthand how the French kings lived, but also to admire real masterpieces of art.

Advantages

  • The complex is the main symbol of the French monarchy.
  • The architecture and design of Versailles became a kind of standard for inheritance (in particular, this complex inspired the construction of Peterhof, Schönbrunn, and other palaces).
  • Unique mirror gallery.
  • One of the largest landscape parks in Europe.
  • A huge number of green spaces (there are more than 350 thousand trees alone).
  • Luxurious fountains with sculptural groups, pools, cascades, grottoes.
  • The palace complex has its own church.
  • It is possible to purchase tickets separately for visiting the palace and for visiting the park complex.
  • Various events are regularly held (musical fountain shows, night fountain shows with music and lighting, balls, art exhibitions, concerts, etc.)

disadvantages

  • The remoteness of the sight from the capital.
  • The high cost of excursions.
  • Long lines.
  • A visit to a number of halls is possible only for organized VIP-class excursion groups.

Triumphal Arch

Rating: 4.8

Triumphal Arch

Another symbol of the French capital and France in general is located on the Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris – the Arc de Triomphe. The construction of this monumental structure was started by Napoleon I after the victory in the Battle of Austerlitz. However, the work moved slowly – only the foundation was laid for two years. A few years later, when Napoleon's army began to suffer defeat, construction was suspended altogether. The construction of the Arc de Triomphe was fully completed only 30 years later, in 1836, and Napoleon was no longer able to see the monument to the triumph of the French army. Nevertheless, his name is immortalized on the arch, as are the names of more than half a thousand marshals and generals, as well as the names of the places of their victorious battles. But there is also a reminder of failure. These are one hundred stone pedestals around the arch, connected by a chain. They symbolize Napoleon's failed attempt to regain power.

Advantages

  • Convenient location – the attraction can be easily reached by metro or city buses.
  • The largest arch in the world (height – 50 m, width – 45 m, vault – 30 m).
  • Stunning bas-reliefs by F. Rud.
  • A museum is located in the inner part of the monumental structure.
  • Upstairs there is an observation deck with a beautiful view of Paris.
  • Very nice lighting.
  • Convenient work schedule (until 23.00 in the summer and until 22.30 in the winter).
  • Affordable ticket prices.
  • There is a souvenir shop at reasonable prices.

disadvantages

  • Long queues at the checkout.
  • Abundance of tourists.

Elysian Fields

Rating: 4.7

Elysian Fields

This one of the main streets in Paris is almost impossible to ignore, since the Champs Elysees begins at the Arc de Triomphe, and is included in the route of bus excursions. But this area is also worthy of a separate visit. A walk along the Champs Elysees is an opportunity to get to know glamorous Paris with its luxurious boutiques and expensive restaurants, premiere cinemas and trendy theaters. This street ranks first in Europe and fifth in the world in terms of the cost of office and retail space.

No less remarkable is the parkland of the Champs Elysees, where the Champs Elysees (the residence of French presidents), the Marigny Theater, the Small and Large palaces, and many other attractions are located. Champs-Elise, as the French call the Champs Elysees, is considered one of the most beautiful streets. Many festive and official events in Paris are held here – military parades, the finish of the France de Tour cycling race, New Year's celebration, etc.

Advantages

  • One of the most famous streets in the world.
  • Boulevard Chanz-Elise is the historical center of Paris.
  • Numerous attractions.
  • Carrying out a variety of events.
  • A huge amount of green spaces.
  • Many shops are open until 23.00-24.00.
  • The Russian restaurant 'Rasputin' is located here.

disadvantages

  • Very high prices in most of the shops located on the Champs Elysees.

Montmartre

Rating: 4.7

Montmartre

Montmartre is one of the oldest districts in Paris, which has retained the charm of antiquity to this day. Even those who have never been to the French capital, no doubt, are familiar with this area from the films ('Paris, I love you', 'Amelie', 'Montmartre on the Seine and many others). The special atmosphere of Montmartre has always attracted extraordinary personalities. At one time, Zola and Rousseau, Van Gogh and Picasso, Apollinaire and Turgenev lived here. In fact, the list of celebrities whose names are associated with Montmartre is huge. These narrow streets became a source of inspiration, excited the imagination, and attracted numerous adventure seekers.

Montmartre unified the non-unified in an amazing way. There are very beautiful temples, and an abundance of sex industry outlets, and lively squares, and quiet back streets, and a vibrant nightlife, and a place of last rest. And in this diversity, the whole of Montmartre is multifaceted, unpredictable and incredibly magnetic.

Advantages

  • Excellent location on a hill (you can climb to the top of the hill either on foot or by cable car).
  • Magnificent panorama of Paris.
  • Interesting history of the region.
  • Numerous attractions.
  • Creative 'center' of artists.
  • The only mill of the 14th century that has survived to this day.
  • Small vineyard and wine production (up to 500 liters per year).

disadvantages

  • The area has a reputation for being unsafe, especially at night.
  • Quite high prices in many restaurants and entertainment venues.

Basilica of the Sacre Coeur

Rating: 4.7

Basilica of the Sacre Coeur

This one of the most famous churches in Paris rises above the French capital in the truest sense of the word. It was built at the highest point in Paris – on the top of the Montmartre hill (130 m above sea level). And although this is a relatively new building (the Sacre-Coeur Basilica is a little over a hundred years old), the attraction attracts numerous tourists and pilgrims not only from France, but also from other countries.

The temple was erected in memory of the victims of the Franco-Prussian war. Its construction was delayed for several decades, because, in parallel with the construction work, it was necessary to strengthen the hill. To do this, they dug deep wells (more than 80 pieces, up to 40 m deep), into which stone pylons were installed.

The basilica has a non-standard, but very beautiful white color, since during its construction they used a special limestone mined in the suburbs of Paris. Under the influence of water, this material acquires a snow-white shade.

Advantages

  • Excellent location.
  • Unusual milky white color of the building.
  • Lush interior decoration.
  • The top of the temple is the second highest point in Paris (only the Eiffel Tower is higher).
  • The bell of the basilica is one of the largest in the world (weight – about 19 tons).
  • One of the largest and oldest organs in the world.
  • Wonderful panorama of Paris (in clear weather, a view of 50 km around is open).
  • Convenient working hours (in summer – from 6 am to 11 pm).

disadvantages

  • A visit to the upper part of the cathedral is paid.
  • A mixture of a huge number of styles (jokingly, Sacre Coeur is even called the 'national cake').

Moulin rouge

Rating: 4.6

Moulin rouge

One of the most famous sights of Paris is the Moulin Rouge cabaret, built at the end of the 19th century. Since its opening, the 'Red Mill' has become a kind of center of the cream of society. This attraction very soon became much more than a cabaret. Moulin Rouge was perceived as a symbol of youth, free-thinking, creative experimentation.

The place for the construction of the cabaret was chosen deliberately: in those days, the Montmartre area was exempted from the alcohol tax. So the prices here were very nice, especially considering the 'twist' program. The cancan dance made the cabaret a 'calling card', which caused a real stir. The establishment was admired and mercilessly criticized, and its fame grew rapidly. Even people from abroad came to see the famous dancers in the Moulin Rouge. Cabaret traditions continue today – in the Moulin Rouge, viewers can enjoy enchanting shows, but the cancan remained the 'main highlight' of the program.

Advantages

  • An original architectural solution in the form of a mill.
  • An amazing history of the institution, filled with both sad and tragic events and unprecedented success.
  • Distinguished visitors, including Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and even the Prince of Wales.
  • Delightful performances – modern choreography, fiery music, unusual costumes, interesting various numbers with elements of a circus show.
  • Several world records have been set in the cabaret, thanks to which the institution was in the Guinness Book of Records (the largest number of kicks, the largest number of bottles of champagne sold).

disadvantages

  • Filming of the show is prohibited.
  • According to reviews, it is quite crowded in the spectator part of the hall.
  • Long queues to get to the show.
  • High ticket prices.

Luxembourg Gardens and Palace

Rating: 4.6

Luxembourg Gardens and Palace

One of the most beautiful sights, the Luxembourg Palace and Park Ensemble, is located in the center of Paris. The name 'Luxembourgish' does not refer to the small state neighboring France, but to the Luxemburg family, whose estate was on this place before. At the beginning of the 17th century, it was acquired by the widow of Henry IV, Maria de Medici, who wanted to move from the Louvre. The author of the project was Salomon de Bross, who managed to flawlessly combine the Tuscan style with the French classic layout.

A magnificent garden with terraces, ponds, flower beds, and marble statues was laid out around the castle. Already in those days, this park became very popular among Parisians.

After the Great French Revolution, both the palace and the park were nationalized. For some time it housed a prison, and at the end of the 18th century, the palace began to be used for official events. In 1799 it was transferred to the French Senate. Now it also hosts meetings of the Senate, and part of the premises is set aside for exhibition halls.

Advantages

  • Cozy, quiet place in the heart of Paris.
  • An interesting historical path.
  • The original architectural style.
  • Spacious terrace with magnificent garden views.
  • Many attractive objects in the park.
  • Free entrance to the territory.
  • Picnics are allowed.
  • The Luxembourg Palace Museum periodically hosts exhibitions.

disadvantages

  • Only part of the palace is open to the public during exhibitions.
  • Many of the exhibits are stored elsewhere (most are in the Orsay Museum, and the famous 24 paintings by Rubens, originally decorating the Luxembourg Palace, can be seen in the Louvre).

The grand opera

Rating: 4.5

The grand opera

Believe it or not, the history of the Grand Opera in Paris began with superstitious fear. When Napoleon III was assassinated near the theater, he became afraid of this place and ordered to build a new theater. 150 architects took part in the competition for the best project, but the victory went to Charles Garnier, practically unknown at that time. His project was striking in scope and grandeur. It is not surprising that many, including the emperor's wife, preferred this particular project.

The construction was delayed for as much as 15 years due to the unstable political situation and a complex architectural solution (there is a reservoir under the theater, which was used to strengthen the foundation and a water reservoir in case of fire). But in 1875 the construction was finally completed, and the Parisians received a truly luxurious theater. Since 1989, the Grand Opera was named after the author of the project – Opera Garnier, and the theater, together with the Opera Bastille, is part of the Paris National Opera.

Advantages

  • A very nice building.
  • Large area of ​​the premises (more than 21 thousand square meters. M).
  • An auditorium with 2,200 seats and a stage that can accommodate up to 450 artists.
  • Rich interior decor with numerous columns, sculptures, stucco moldings, paintings, mirrors.
  • A huge chandelier weighing more than six tons.
  • Ceiling painted by Marc Chagall.
  • Luxurious foyer with a fountain.
  • The theater has a library and two ballet schools.
  • There are guided tours, you can buy souvenirs to remember your visit to this place.

disadvantages

  • Excursion programs in French and English only.
  • Fairly high cost of tickets for performances.

Orsay Museum

Rating: 4.5

Orsay Museum

The Orsay Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest not only in Paris, but also in the world. Here is a collection of European painting and sculpture of the second half of the 19th – early 20th centuries. The building of the former railway station, built for the 1900 World Exhibition, was converted into this museum. In the 60s, they wanted to demolish the old dilapidated station, but thanks to public protests and the personal intervention of the then French President Georges Pompidou, a great art connoisseur, the building was preserved for the museum. And time proved that it was a great idea, although the reconstruction lasted almost 7 years and was completed by 1986. The Musée d'Orsay became a chronological link between the Louvre and the Center Georges Pompidou, filling the corresponding historical period. More than 3.5 million people visit this attraction annually.

Advantages

  • The original interior, which retains the atmosphere of the train station.
  • An impressive list of exhibited masterpieces (paintings by Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, Gauguin and many other famous masters).
  • All types of art are represented, including music, cinema, photography, and even the design of an opera.
  • In addition to paintings and sculptures, the museum displays art nouveau furniture and other works of applied art.
  • In addition to exhibitions, the museum regularly hosts concerts, performances, conferences, and round tables.
  • Annual Film History Festival (the building was used for the filming of the world's first film).
  • A cafe with an outdoor terrace on the upper level, offering a beautiful view of Paris.
  • The restaurant and tea room are average.
  • Free admission every first Sunday of the month and for certain categories of visitors.
  • There is a shop on site where you can buy books, reproductions of paintings, miniature figurines and other products.
  • There are Russian audio guides and Russian translation under the main exhibits.

disadvantages

  • The most popular department of impressionism is located under the roof in small rooms, so it is always crowded and crowded here.
  • Limited opening hours (the museum is closed on Mondays, and on other days it closes at 18.00, with the exception of Thursday, when visitors can be indoors until 21.45).
  • Mandatory advance booking for group visits.

Disneyland paris

Rating: 4.5

Disneyland paris

Disneyland Paris is the largest amusement park in Europe, which covers a huge area (almost two thousand hectares). It consists of three main parts: Magic Kingdom of Attractions, Walt Disney Studios and Disney Village. Most of the rides are in the Magic Kingdom. The Studio also has attraction entertainment, but its main purpose is to familiarize guests with the production of cartoons. And in the 'village', visitors can have a bite to eat in numerous catering establishments and even stay overnight in one of the hotels.

A special feature of Disneyland Paris is the presence of French elements in this typically American world. But it's still a piece of America in Paris. Among the five 'republics' into which the Magic Kingdom is divided, two ('Main Road of the USA' and 'Wild West') are built in an absolutely American style. Therefore, you should not look for France in Disneyland Paris – here you just need to enjoy an amazing adventure in a fairy-tale world.

Advantages

  • Well thought out organizational system.
  • Railway line covering the entire territory.
  • Entertainment for different age categories is provided.
  • A system that allows you to skip the queue for some attractions.
  • An abundance of shops with Disney-themed souvenirs.
  • Spectacular evening light shows with fireworks.
  • Variety of other entertainment (cinemas, golf course, swimming pools, bowling club, tennis courts, etc.)
  • Festive, fabulous atmosphere.

disadvantages

  • Remoteness from the capital – the attraction is 35 km away.
  • High prices.
  • In the cold season, some of the attractions are closed.

Isle of Cité

Rating: 4.4

Isle of Cité

It is simply impossible to visit Paris and not see the Ile de la Cité. Several of the main attractions of the French capital are located here. And the island itself deserves attention as one of the oldest parts of Paris.

Cité is one of only two remaining islands in the city center. It has been inhabited since ancient times. This island is considered the 'birthplace' of Paris – as early as 300 BC. the Celts founded the settlement of Lutetia on Sita. Subsequently, the Romans conquered the island and turned it into a typical military city, building a fortress. In the VI Art. The Cité becomes a royal residence, and the fortress is reconstructed into a palace. From the palace complex of those times, only the Concierges prison and the Sainte-Chapelle chapel remain. There are also several other significant buildings preserved on the island, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palais de Justice, the Hotel Dieu hospital. Unfortunately, most of the buildings were destroyed in the 19th century. by order of the then prefect of Paris.

Advantages

  • Architectural splendor.
  • Nine beautiful bridges that connect the Cité with the right-bank and left-bank parts of Paris, as well as with another island.
  • The New Bridge is one of the oldest bridge structures in Paris.
  • There is a lot of greenery on Sita, there are four parks.
  • The famous flower market, which 'turns' into a bird market on weekends.

disadvantages

  • Some places are very crowded.
  • Long lines to attractions.

Pere Lachaise cemetery

Rating: 4.3

Pere Lachaise cemetery

Located on the outskirts of Paris, in the 20th arrondissement, Pere Lachaise Cemetery is nevertheless one of the most visited attractions in the French capital. More than two million people come here annually, not only to salute the buried, but also to simply walk in silence among the trees and beautiful monuments.

The Pere Lachaise cemetery has become a successful business project. It was bought by the architect Nicolo Frosho. But the distant burial site was not in demand among the Parisians. Then the enterprising architect decided to achieve the reburial of some famous figures. This is how the graves of Moliere, Abelard and Héloise, La Fontaine appeared on Père Lachaise. And when Balzac described this place in the novel Father Goriot, Père Lachaise gained real fame. Remarkably, the architect Frosho then sold the cemetery to the previous owner, but, of course, it was already much more expensive. Now it is one of the most expensive burial places in the world, where many celebrities are buried.

Advantages

  • Many prominent personalities are buried on Père Lachaise, including writers, composers, singers (Balzac and Wilde, Bizet and Chopin, Piaf and Morrison and many others).
  • Burial places of our compatriots (Princess Trubetskoy, Countess Dolgoruka, Metropolitan Polycarp, Decembrist Nikolai Turgenev, etc.), as well as Yesenin's wife Isadora Duncan.
  • Huge (47 hectares), well-planned, well-groomed area with paths and signs.
  • A beautiful location on a hill with terraces from which a wonderful panorama of the city opens.
  • Lots of greenery, including tall old trees, creating a special atmosphere of tranquility and detachment from the surrounding world.
  • A large number of original monuments, sculptural compositions, crypts.
  • Monuments to the victims of concentration camps.
  • Wall of the Communards.
  • Monument to Russian soldiers who participated in the French Resistance.
  • Free entrance (you can also get a graveyard map for free at the entrance).

disadvantages

  • There are many unkempt graves.

House of the disabled

Rating: 4.2

House of the disabled

One of the most famous landmarks in Paris, the Invalides, includes a whole range of facilities. These are museums, a cathedral, a necropolis, and a hospital with an institution for veterans.

The history of the House of Invalids dates back to the second half of the 17th century, when the king of France decided to build a shelter for veterans who were injured during the war. The complex was built in just three years. It consisted of living rooms, a refectory and an infirmary. 4 thousand veterans could live here at the same time. Over time, not only former military men, but also ordinary Parisians and guests of the French capital began to walk in the courtyard of the House of Invalids. Many famous personalities have been here, including Peter the Great.

The first museum exhibits in the house of invalids appeared at the end of the 18th century, when a collection of models of cities and fortresses was transported here from the Louvre. In the second half of the 19th century, two museums were opened here – artillery and the history of the army, later combined into a single Museum of the Army.

Advantages

  • Convenient location near the Champs Elysees, with which the House of Invalids is connected by the Pont Alexandre III.
  • The majestic Church of Saint-Louis is the cathedral where the first Orders of the Legion of Honor were awarded.
  • The church houses the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte – a huge sarcophagus surrounded by marble figures symbolizing the emperor's victories.
  • 4 museums with unique exhibits.
  • The Pantheon, where prominent French soldiers are buried.
  • Historic Charles de Gaulle Memorial with multimedia materials.
  • There is a souvenir shop with a large selection of military-themed goods and Le carré des Invalides for a bite to eat.
  • The attraction is open for visits until 21.00 in the summer and until 19.00 in the winter.
  • On the square in front of the House of Invalids, the La Nuit aux Invalides light and sound show is held in summer.

disadvantages

  • Photo and video filming on the territory of the House of Invalids is possible only upon prior written request.
  • Limited opening hours of museums (until 18.00 in the summer and until 17.00 in the winter).

Catacombs of paris

Rating: 4.1

House of the disabled

The Paris Catacombs are not as well-known as many others. This place is not called either a symbol or a business card of the city, but it is worthy of attention, as it allows you to see another Paris – underground, scary, mystical.

The network of tunnels under the French capital is enormous. According to some estimates, their total length reaches 300 km, and the total area of ​​underground premises is over 11 thousand square meters. m. Such a large tunnel system was formed back in the period when the lands near modern Paris were used as quarries. Subsequently, the empty mines began to be used as cellars for storing wine. And at the end of the 18th century, they began to transfer the remains from the city cemeteries here, simply laying out bones and skulls on top of each other. As a result, the remains of more than 600 million people were buried in this large 'mass grave'.

Advantages

  • A mysterious place steeped in legends and secrets.
  • Many famous personalities found eternal rest in the Paris catacombs (Blaise Pascal, Charles Perrault, François Rabelais, Maximilian Robespierre, etc.)
  • A special atmosphere that makes you think about life, death, decay of being.
  • The Paris catacombs are described in many works of art, they can be seen in films and computer games.
  • A lot of interesting historical facts are connected with this place.

disadvantages

  • Only about two kilometers of catacombs are open to tourists.
  • Long lines.
  • According to the reviews of visitors, the place is really very scary, therefore it is not recommended to visit people with phobias, impressionable persons, who have certain health problems.

Conciergerie Palace

Rating: 4.0

Conciergerie Palace

The Conciergerie palace complex occupies almost half of the Ile de la Cité. The history of this imposing building dates back to the distant 6th century, when a royal residence was built here. During the reign of Philip the Fair, reconstruction was carried out, new towers were built, and the Conciergerie Palace became one of the most luxurious in Europe.

After the change of power in the XIV Art. the residence was moved to the Louvre, and the Palace of Justice was opened in the former royal castle. When there was too little space in the nearby prison, they decided to place some of the prisoners in the Conciergerie. And after the French Revolution, the building housed a tribunal, which became one of the bloodiest. For two gold days of activity, more than two and a half thousand prisoners were sentenced to death here. Among the prisoners of the Conciergerie were well-known personalities such as Queen Marie Antoinette, the poet André Chénier, the revolutionary Maximilian Robespierre, and others.)

Advantages

  • A majestic palace complex.
  • The oldest prison in Paris.
  • Marie Antoinette's chamber with a composition of wax figures.
  • The atmosphere of medieval France.

disadvantages

  • A small number of exhibits.
  • Only part of the palace is accessible to tourists.


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