For sure, one of the most emblematic landmarks in the world and the iconic symbol of Paris and France is The Eiffel Tower which was built by and named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel. It was constructed and erected for The Exposition Universelle of 1889. Today the tower is one of the most photographed tourist attractions as well as the most visited places in the world.
Topping the list of the world’s museums with the highest number of visitors, The Louvre Museum is a must-visit place for any foreign tourist in Paris. It hoses superb collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman arts as well as it displays masterpieces and first-class art works such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave”. The Louvre Museum is located in the Louvre Palace and its main entrance is marked by The Louvre Pyramid (a large glass-metal pyramid surrounded by 3 other smaller pyramids).
The Musée d’Orsay is another flagship and a must-visit place for art lovers. Being located in the former impressive railway station “Gare d’Orsay”, today the museum showcases rich and incredible collections going from Monet to Van Gogh as well as sculptures, furniture, and photography.
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is the most monumental and splendid of all world’s triumphal arches. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc was built in 1806 to commemorate and memorialize Napoleon Bonaparte’s victorious battles and those who died for the Emperor. Beneath The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a tribute to the dead from World War I.
There is no doubt that one of the masterpieces of Gothic art in Western Europe is Notre Dame de Paris standing on Ile de la Cite, at the heart of Paris.
Another popular landmark of Paris is the white-domed Basilique du Sacré- Coeur. It is situated on Montmartre hill that is the highest point in the city. The stunning basilica with its marble architecture and wonderful interior was built at the beginning of 19th and the beginning of 20th and attracts millions of tourists annually.
Jardin du Luxembourg (the Luxembourg Gardens) was designed for Marie de Medici and was the first French garden to be influenced by the Italian Baroque. Nowadays, this public park is the second largest in Paris offering locals and tourists alike numerous recreation facilities.