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A detailed review of the best monuments in Paris. The iconic Eiffel Tower is by far the most famous Paris monument. The Louvre is both a great monument and a superb art museum. Versailles Palace, commissioned by Sun King, is probably the most famous palace in the world. The Arc de Triomphe at the top of Champs Elysees Avenue was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon. Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte Chapelle, Sacre Coeur are fabulous Paris churches. Fondation Louis Vuitton, Centre Pompidou are first class contemporary monuments in a city where past and present go together well.

Paris monuments: Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Paris monuments: Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Paris monuments: Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
Paris monuments: Louvre Museum
The Louvre
Paris monuments: Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
Paris monuments: Versailles Palace
Versailles
Paris monuments: Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou
Paris monuments: Fondation Louis Vuitton
Fondation Vuitton
Paris monuments: La Conciergerie
La Conciergerie
Paris monuments: the Invalides
Les Invalides
Paris monuments: Sainte Chapelle
Sainte Chapelle
Paris monuments: Opera Garnier
Opera Garnier

Eiffel Tower, the iconic monument

Completed in 1889 for Paris' world exhibition, the Eiffel Tower monument was designed and built in just two years by 132 workers and 50 engineers.

At 300 meters, it remained the world tallest monument until 1930 when the Chrysler Building was completed in New York City. Detailed Eiffel Tower facts.

Visit the Eiffel Tower monument on your own or as part of a bus tour. See our 4 hour Eiffel Tower walking tour.

Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower monument was built in 1889

Notre Dame Cathedral

Built in 13th century, Notre Dame Cathedral is undoubtedly one of the top monuments from the Middle Ages in Europe.

Notre Dame was built between 1163 and 1270. A pure treasure, Notre Dame is not just a wonderful monument. Fervent Catholic masses and beautiful concerts give Notre Dame its full dimensions. Detailed Notre Dame facts.

Check page on Paris catholic churches. They are among the best monuments of the city and are often open for free visits.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame monument is the cathedral of Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is the most beautiful Paris monument since the Eiffel Tower. The contemporary pieces of art on display are at pain to match the marvelous building designed by Architect Frank Gehry.

Inaugurated in October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton instantly became a must see monument in Paris, a city already so rich with palaces, churches and civil architecture. Fondation Louis Vuitton information.

Visit also 20th century Centre Pompidou monument.

Versailles, the french royal palace

If you come to Paris for at least two days, don't miss Versailles Palace and the superb Versailles Park. It takes half a day and only 49 euros to visit Versailles on a coach tour from Paris. Prefer the full day visit if you can. Do avoid Tuesdays when Versailles Palace is crowded.

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If you want to go on your own, consider metro or train for the Paris to Versailles trip. Detailed Palace of Versailles facts.

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Versailles was commissioned by King Louis XIV

Tour of best Paris monuments

We recommend you this full day Paris tour to see Paris monuments (Notre Dame, Louvre, Opera Garnier, Arc de Triomphe, Invalides, Sacre Coeur) and famous Paris districts (Le Marais, Champs-Elysees, Montmartre).

Lunch at Eiffel Tower. Seine cruise to admire famous Paris monuments from the river. See tour details

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Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph)
The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon

Best monuments near Paris

France is rich with incredible monuments that you can all visit in half a day or a full day from Paris by car, train or bus:

Saint Denis Cathedral (half a day by metro)
UNESCO world heritage monuments:
Chartres Cathedral (half a day to one day)
Fontainebleau Castle (half a day to one day)
Loire Castles (one day)
Mont Saint Michel (one long day)

Fontainebleau Castle near Paris
Fontainebleau Castle is a renaissance castle


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