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Paris monuments. Top ten most visited.
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The top ten most visited monuments in Paris. Notre-Dame Cathedral was number one (12 million visitors in 2017). The Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre is number two (10). The Louvre, both a museum and a royal palace, is number three (8). The royal Palace of Versailles close to Paris is number four (7.7). The Eiffel Tower is number five (6.2). Centre Pompidou, both a superb modern building and a museum, is number six (3.337). The small Chapel of the Miraculous medal is the surprising number seven (2). The famous Arc de Triomphe is number eight (1.583). Fondation Louis Vuitton, a 21st century monument, is number 9 (1.4). Les Invalides, housing Napoléon's tomb, is number ten (1.176). Sightseeing in Paris.

Paris monuments: Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Paris monuments: Notre-Dame
Paris monuments: Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
Paris monuments: Saint Germain des Pres
Paris monuments: Sacré-Coeur
Paris monuments: Versailles Palace
Paris monuments: Le Panthéon
Le Panthéon
Paris monuments: Fondation Louis Vuitton
Fondation Vuitton
Paris monuments: La Conciergerie
La Conciergerie
Paris monuments: the Invalides
Les Invalides
Paris monuments: Sainte-Chapelle
Paris monuments: Opéra Garnier
Opéra 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 city guided bus tour. There are many options.

Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was build in 1889

Versailles, the royal monument

If you come to the city for at least two days, visit the Palace of Versailles. Sun King commissioned it in 1668 and had exceptional taste. The famous Hall of Mirrors, the Petit and Grand Trianon, Versailles Gardens, the Grand Canal, are marvels that were imitated many times. It takes half a day and only 62 euros to visit Versailles on a coach tour from Paris. Do avoid Tuesdays when the Palace of Versailles is crowded. If you want to go on your own, consider public transport for the Paris to Versailles trip. Palace of Versailles information.

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 gave Notre-Dame its full dimensions. Unfortunately, the fire of April 15th 2019 destroyed part of Notre-Dame, which is for unlimited time not be to visited. Notre-Dame Cathedral facts.

Notre-Dame was the most visited monument in the city ahead of the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-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 Napoléon, it is the rallying point of French troops parading down the Champs-Elysées 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

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

A coach tour is a good and fast way to get a glimpse of most famous monuments in the city. We recommend you the full day Paris tour to see Notre-Dame, Louvre, Opéra Garnier, Arc de Triomphe, Invalides, Sacre Coeur and the most famous districts in town: Le Marais, Champs-Elysees and Montmartre. The tour includes a lunch at the Eiffel Tower and a one hour Seine cruise to admire the many monuments along the river banks. Check guided tour details and book.

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

Other Paris monuments

The city has many other great monuments. Among them:

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.
Chapel of Lady of the Miraculous Medal, a sanctuary to the Virgin attracting two million pilgrims each year.
Hotel de Ville, 19th century Paris City Hall, the replica of the original renaissance building destroyed in 1871
Grande Arche, the spectacular 20th century white arch in La Defense business district
Paris Mosque, built in the 20th century as a tribute to the many muslims soldiers who died during WW1

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

Best monuments near Paris

The Paris region is rich with incredible monuments of the past that you can all easily 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)

Fontainebleau Castle near Paris
Fontainebleau Castle is a renaissance castle

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