Paris sightseeing map helps locate the 24 top sights in the city, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Montmartre, the Champs Elysees, Le Marais, Ile Saint Louis, Ile de la Cite, Paris markets, the Luxembourg gardens, the Tuileries Gardens. Each sight has a dedicated page with full information. Paris sightseeing. Paris maps.
The Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall) has been the heart of political and social life in the city since 1357.
The City Hall, the largest in Europe, is located at the heart of the city on the banks of the Seine river and the edge of fashionable Le Marais district. Although the city of Paris is relatively small with 2 million people, the City Hall exerts its influence over the 12 million people Ile de France region.
The city is divided into 20 arrondissements. Each one has its own city hall with limited administrative power. Check map of Paris arrondissements with top city sights.
The name Catacombs was given to this ossuary in reference to the Catacombs of Rome, an ancient cemetery situated not far from the Appian Way. The Cemetery of the Innocents near Saint-Eustache had been in use for nearly ten centuries and had become a source of infection for parisians. The city council decided in 1785, to prohibit further use of the Cemetery and to remove its contents. Disused quarries were chosen to receive the remains. This underground ossuary became an attraction in early 19th century and has remained so until today.
After WWII, Les Deux Magots had a reputation as the rendez vous of the literary and intellectual elite of Paris, with the patronage of Surrealist artists, intellectuals such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and young writers, such as Ernest Hemingway. Other patrons included Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce and Bertolt Brecht.
Café de Flore became a popular hub of famous writers and philosophers. Georges Bataille, Robert Desnos, Raymond Queneau and Pablo Picasso were all regulars.
The Seine is a 776 kilometre long river flowing through Paris into the English Channel at Le Havre harbour (France map). The banks of the Seine River in Paris are by all means one of the greatest urban landscapes in the world. You will best discover this landcape on a Seine River cruise or walking on the romantic Seine left bank quays from Jardin des Plantes and Paris Natural History Museum upstream to Pont Alexandre III downstream. Check Seine river map.