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EIFFEL TOWER

EIFFEL TOWER

Soaring 300 metres into the Parisian skyline, the Eiffel Tower is unequivocally Paris’ most iconic landmark, built in 1889 for the World Exhibition. Situated in the Champ de Mars, the vertical views from the ground are almost as impressive as those from the three platforms (at 57, 115 and 276 metres), offering unparalleled panoramic views over the city. For the ultimate experience, dine at one of the tower’s two revered restaurants – 58 Tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne.
ARC DU TRIOMPHE

ARC DU TRIOMPHE

As emblematic as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as a tribute to his army and stands majestically amidst the mayhem of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the top of the Champs-Elysées. Site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a climb to the observation deck offers unrivalled vistas down the Champs-Elysées and the Avenue de la Grande Armée as well as over La Défense, the Louvre and Sacré Coeur. 
MUSÉE D’ORSAY

MUSÉE D’ORSAY

Rivalled only by the Louvre for its popularity, the Musée d’Orsay is devoted entirely to French art from 1848 to 1914 and its extensive Impressionist collection is considered the finest throughout the world. Converted from a huge railway station and hotel and opened to the public in 1986, the Orsay is home to a wealth of masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Manet, Sisley and Dégas, in addition to the best van Gogh collection outside Holland. 
PÈRE LACHAISE CEMETERY

PÈRE LACHAISE CEMETERY

Admittedly an odd top attraction at first glance yet the Père Lachaise Cemetery ranks highly amongst Paris’ most visited sites, for it marks the final resting place of a large number of famous names. First port of call for many is the grave of The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison, who spent his last days in the city, however wander amidst the cemetery’s grounds and you’ll also find the burial sites of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Chopin, Molière and Pissarro.
JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG

JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG

A visually stunning backdrop to the Palais du Luxembourg, headquarters of the Luftwaffe during World War II and home to the French Senate, the Jardin du Luxembourg was gifted to the children of Paris by Napoleon and provides a serene setting in which to truly appreciate the city. This park is a must if you are travelling with children, with playgrounds, pony rides and puppet shows, toy boats for rent and merry-go-rounds providing a charming and nostalgic air. 
MUSÉE DU LOUVRE

MUSÉE DU LOUVRE

Unquestionably the greatest collection of art worldwide, the Musée du Louvre is as renowned for its glass pyramids as it is for the wealth of treasures contained within its palace walls. As well as its vast archaeological collection, Egyptian antiquities and sculptures, the most famous of which must surely be the Venus de Milo, you’ll find a wealth of Italian, Flemish and French masterpieces including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Rubens, van Dyck and, of course, Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa. 
MONTMARTRE

MONTMARTRE

Overlooking Paris from its hilltop position, Montmartre is dominated by the stunning Sacré-Coeur Basilica set atop the Butte de Montmartre with its soaring white domes. A popular haunt for artists in the mid to late-1800s, Montmartre attracted the likes of Pissarro, Matisse, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Dégas as residents and to this day, the area retains a bohemian, artistic vibe, particularly around the atmospheric Place du Tertre, buzzing with cafés, markets and street artists. 
CATHÉDRALE DE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS

CATHÉDRALE DE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS

Situated on the Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame is an immense Gothic masterpiece and represents the cradle of Paris, attracting millions of visitors each year. Site of centuries of royal coronations and marriages and inspiration for Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the cathedral is renowned for its ornate nave, flying buttresses and gruesome gargoyles, its stunning rose windows and 7,800 pipe organ. A climb to the top of the bell tower is a must.
CHAMPS-ELYSÉES

CHAMPS-ELYSÉES

Stretching some 2km between the Arc du Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde, this famous cobbled avenue is renowned as the venue for all major French celebrations such as Bastille Day and New Year’s Eve. Lined with cafés, cinemas, theatres and luxury boutiques along its length, the Champs-Elysées also plays host to the Grand and Petit Palais exhibition halls; the Elysée Palace, home to the French President; and the tranquil Jardins des Champs-Elysées.
CENTRE POMPIDOU

CENTRE POMPIDOU

Named after the late French President and one of the most recognisable buildings in Paris, this thoroughly unique building is renowned for its distinctive and unique glass and steel construction encased by colourful pipes and ducts. Built in 1977, the Centre Pompidou is best known as the home of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, boasting one of the world’s finest permanent collections of 20th-century art. It also plays host to a library, concert hall, cinema and theatre.

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