Paris monuments
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A detailed review of the greatest monuments in Paris. The most visited are Notre Dame (13.6 million visitors in 2015), the Sacre Coeur (10), the Louvre (8.4), Versailles (7.4), the Eiffel Tower (6.9), Centre Pompidou (3). The iconic Eiffel Tower is the most famous Paris monument. Versailles Palace, commissioned by Sun King, is probably the most famous palace in the world. The Louvre is both a great monument and the world's largest art museum. The massive 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, by Frank Gehry, Centre Pompidou are great contemporary monuments in a city where past and present generally go together well. In order to help students, teachers, lovers of the city of lights and everyone else to learn more about the city, we publish quizzes starting with Paris monuments quiz level 1.

Paris monuments: Eiffel Tower
Tour Eiffel
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
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 Tour Eiffel - Eiffel Tower in English - 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.

Due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 5.2 meters and the tallest monument in the city. It is also the world's most visited paid monument. 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 was build in 1889

Versailles, the royal monument

If you come to the city 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.

Visit Palace of Versailles on a tour
Versailles was commissioned by King Louis XIV

Notre Dame, the christian monument

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.

Notre Dame is the most visited monument in the city ahead of the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre.

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

Arc de Triomphe and Napoleon

Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous Paris monuments. A legacy of Emperor Napoleon, it is the rallying point of French troops parading down the Champs Elysees on Bastille day, July 14th, the French National Day. Arc de Triomphe is a memorial dedicated to the French soldiers who died during World War One. The view from the top of Arc de Triomphe over the twelve radiating avenues from it and the whole city of Paris is spectacular.

Arc de Triomphe facts

Centre Pompidou, a 1977 monument

Centre Pompidou is the most spectacular 20th century monument in Paris. It was designed in 1977 by architects Renzo Piano from Italy and Richard Rodgers from the UK to make art and culture accessible to everyone.

Its factory style architecture contrasts with the surrounding houses of Paris' oldest district between Notre Dame, Louvre Museum and Le Marais. Many parisians refer to Centre Pompidou as Beaubourg. Centre Pompidou information.

Fondation Louis Vuitton monument

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is the most beautiful monument in the city of lights since the Eiffel Tower. The contemporary pieces of art on display are at pain to match the marvelous building designed by Architect Frank Gehry, a Pritzker prize winner living in Los Angeles. Franck Gehry is most of all known in Europe for the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.

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.

Created and financed by the LVMH Group (Louis Vuitton, Dior, Guerlain, Moet & Chandon, Hennessy), the Fondation Louis Vuitton encourages and promotes artistic creation both in France and internationally.

Fondation Louis Vuitton information.

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 the most famous districts in town: Le Marais, Champs-Elysees, Montmartre.

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

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Napoleon's tomb in Les Invalides
Napoleon's tomb in Les Invalides

Other Paris monuments

The city has many other great monuments:
BNF, the 20th century French national library, the largest contemporary monument on the banks of the Seine river.
Palais de Chaillot, a 1937 must do for its spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower and its museums.
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal attracts two million pilgrims each year.
Hotel de Ville, 19th century Paris City Hall
Grande Arche in La Defense business district
Paris Mosque, built in the 20th century
Pantheon, the French heroes memorial
Saint Germain des Pres, the romanesque church

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La Conciergerie was a royal palace
La Conciergerie was a royal palace

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 (half a day by metro)
UNESCO world heritage monuments:
Chartres (half a day to one day)
Fontainebleau Castle (half a day to one day)
Chateaux de la Loire (one day)
Mont Saint Michel (one long day)

Fontainebleau Castle near Paris
Fontainebleau Castle is a renaissance castle

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