TRAVEL IDEAS - PARIS
VISITING PARIS ?
This page will give information about Paris, and give suggestions of places not to miss and more
We hope this will be a comprehensive introduction for you to visit before you travel to Paris!
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Click to see web-arts Prints of art from the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower Take a look at GOOGLE Maps Eiffel pictures
Palace of Versailles
Musee du Louvre
Jardin du Luxembourg
Arc de Triomphe
Bois de Boulogne
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
Musee du Louvre
Musee de Cluny
GARDENS AND SQUARES
Bois de Boulogne
Jardin des Tuilleries
Esplanade des Invalides
Square du Vert-Galant
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Place des Vosges
Jardin des Plantes
Bois de Vincennes
Jardin du Luxembourg
Pere Lachaise cemetery
St Paul St Louis
Mosquee de Paris
Buy a "carnet de dix" - a book of 10 Metro Tickets which saves $8 per book - the Metro will take you anywhere in Paris and there is no zoning system.
Designed by Gustav Eiffel and
built for the 1889 International Exhibition. 9700 tons of iron and 1000 feet
high it was then the tallest structure in the world. It is used as a radio, TV
and meteorological post
Do you know that the Eiffel Tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building and churches are the oldest intact buildings in the city with Notre Dame cathedral and the church of Sainte-Chapelle the two most striking buildings in the city?
Built as a Railway Station and hotel in 1889-1900 and designed by Victor Laloux. Renovated in 1979 to use as a Museum it showcases superb works from the 19th century.
Here is some art from the MUSEE d'ORSAY
the official MUSEE d'ORSAY site
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU
is a 5 story high-tech building of steel and glass containing the Museum of Modern Art, the Public Library, a Centre for Computer Music, Film Archives, Cinema, Dance and Children's Workshops, and a Restaurant.
1163-1345 Supreme Gothic Masterpiece with 226 foot Towers, it was restored from 1841-1864 by Viollet-le-duc and its Rose Windows have remained intact from the 13th century.
It can accommodate 9000 people and is a supreme masterpiece of French Art
Vespers at 5.45 when you can usually hear the organ and choir perform at that time each night.
1517-1606 is the oldest of the bridges crossing the Seine.
At its centre there is a bronze statue of Henry IV
run parallel to the Seine from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysees and the Arc ce Triompe.
Laid out in the 17th century for Andre Le Notre, royal gardener to Louis XIV - a classical garden with regularly spaced terraces and flower beds.
web-arts page for the Tuilleries Gardens
See more art from the Louvre on our Louvre Museum page
is Paris's most famous thoroughfare. Wide pavements, cafes, cinemas and shops, shady chestnut trees and flower beds, a place to see and be seen! Formal gardens line the Champs-Elysees from the Place de la Concorde to the Rond-Point and these were laid out by Jacques Hittorff in 1838
During the 19th century it was THE spot for artists, writers, poets and their followers
considered the most beautiful square in the world with its impressive symmetry - 36 houses, 9 on each side, and still intact after 400 years. The scene of many historic events, Victor Hugo lived here for 16 years.
PERE LACHAISE CEMETERY
Named after Pere Lachaise confessor to King Louis X1V to get there take the Metro to Gambetta. Interesting graves include those of Oscar Wilde Irish Poet and Playwright, journalist Victor Nork a famed womanizer. Maps of the cemetery are sold at the entrance but admittance is free.
PALAIS-BOURBON - 1722-28 is the Seat of the National Assembly. Built for the duchess of Bourbon, daughter of Louis X1V its facade dates from 1807
ST GERMAIN DES PRES 1163 is the oldest Church in Paris and its tower dates from the 11th century. St Germain Bishop of Paris was buried here in 576.
PALAIS DU LUXEMBOURG 1615-1631 was built for Marie de Medici after her husband Henri IV died, in 1793 became a prison, and in 1804 was remodelled to house the French Upper House (the Senate) in 1804. The front is by Alphonse de Gisors was added in 1836
ECOLE MILITAIRE 1752-1772 was bu8ilt for the military academy founded by Louis XV in 1751. Napoleon I was a cadet here.
MAISON VICTOR HUGO: 1612 No. 6 Place des Vosges was his home from 1832-1948 and contains many of his manuscripts.
CONCIERGERIE was built by Philippe the Fair in the 14th century as a palace, and then used as a prison in 1793 and 17894. Its square Horloge Tower has houses the first public clock in the city since 1370
LA MADELEINE 1814 is a classical Greek building with 52 Corinthian columns and was dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.
JEANNE d'ARC the Maid of Orleans 1410-1431 led an army against the English and was burnt at the stake, later being cannonised
DOME DES INVALIDES has a dome decorated with garlands and a 351 foot spire. Napoleaon's tomb is here and St Louis-des-Invalides church and the Musee del'Armee.
ST GERMAIN-l'AUXERROIS 1220-1439 is built in Gothic style, its bells signalled the massacre of the Protestants on St Batholomew's Day in 1572
ST GERVAIS-ST PROTAIS 1494-1657 is a Gothic church with tripartite facade designed by Clement Metezeau
OPERA GARNIER 1861-1875 was the largest opera house in the world in its day, has a Grand Foyer with magnificent Grand Staircase, 6,000 light chandelier, and don't miss the Marc Chagall painting!
HOTEL DE VILLE 1874-1882 is the municipal headquarters of the city. Neo-Renaissance with 146 statues its central facade is based on the original town hall commenced in 1533 and destroyed by fire in 1871
ARCH DE TRIOMPHE DU CARROUSEL - a marble arch built by Napoleon I with bronze horses originally taken from Venice, (now returned and replaced with substitutes!)
THEATRE DES CHAMPS-ELYSES is one of Paris's first reinforced concrete buildings.
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