Are you currently organizing your next trip to Paris? We at Booster2Success want to help, so we crafted a list of our favorite famous monuments in Paris. You will want to include them all, so you may have to choose!
The majestic one: Notre Dame cathedral
In the heart of the Cité Island, the Notre Dame cathedral is one of our most famous Gothic gems. The construction started in 1163 and lasted more than two centuries. Many French Kings were celebrated in Notre Dame but only one had the prestige of being crowned there: Napoleon. Furthermore, Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the main locations in Victor Hugo’s famous eponymous novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
Due to the tragic fire, the towers are temporarily closed. But when they open again, be sure to climb the many steps up and enjoy the wonderful view of Paris from the top of the cathedral towers. You will have gargoyles at your level to take selfies with!
Famous monuments in Paris: Orsay museum
The musée d’Orsay is one of the most fantastic spots in our list of famous monuments in Paris. It was inaugurated in 1986 in the former Orsay train station by the French president François Mitterrand. This museum hosts a large collection of impressionist and Western masterpieces from 1848 to 1914. Orsay museum is definitely a must see in Paris. Check out the small Statue of Liberty and the Rodin sculptures and buy the combined ticket that includes Rodin’s home!
You can also check out our page regarding our treasure hunt for adults in the Orsay museum.
Famous monuments in Paris: the Sacre Coeur Basilica of Montmartre
The construction of this architectural marvel, a cathedral at the top of Montmartre hill, lasted from 1875 to 1914 with the addition of the bell tower. By the way, this edifice is directly inspired by the Saint Marco basilica cupolas in Venice. Be aware that you will have to climb 237 steps to admire the Sacre Coeur, but you’ll see why it’s worth every step! Think of how many croissants that will burn off! Close to the Sacre Coeur, Booster2Success, created a playful team building to explore in the Montmartre district.
The largest museum of Paris: Le Louvre
In our list of the famous monuments in Paris, we could not miss mentioning the infamous Louvre museum of course. This former royal palace measure more than 72 000 sqm (775 000 sqft) and exhibit more than 35,000 original masterpieces. On your way, be sure to meet the most famous goddess of love, the Victory of Samothrace or the masterpiece Mona Lisa. Do not expect to be able to visit the whole museum in one day, but you can certainly visit the majority and maybe a few original art works!
2019 is also the year of the 500th birthday of Leonardo da Vinci death, so, do not miss the special exhibition on that occasion.
» READ ABOUT – A unique scavenger hunt for adults at the Louvre museum
Beaubourg: the Georges Pompidou art center
The Pompidou modern art center is another of the most famous monuments in Paris. It was constructed in a place called Beaubourg which used to be public parking. This architectural marvel was inaugurated by president Georges Pompidou in 1977. The design of the building is well known for its gigantic colorful pipes. Inside the building you’ll find the french National Museum of Modern Art. The collection is divided into two periods: modern (1905 to 1960) and contemporary (from 1960 to the present days). At the Pompidou art center, we also love the panoramic view of Parisians roofs. It’s magical! Have a drink at sunset and watch the city change colors and the lights twinkle on. It’s a secret spot so don’t tell anyone.
The charming iron lady of Paris: the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated in 1889 by its creator Gustave Eiffel for the universal exhibition. It is for sure the most famous monuments in Paris! The tower measure 324 meters (more than 1000 ft with the antenna) and is the highest building in Paris. At the time of its construction, the Eiffel Tower was not really appreciated by the Parisians. The iron lady was supposed to stay 20 years up before being disassembled. Gustave Eiffel put in place at the top a weather laboratory and a radio antenna in 1898. Eventually (and hopefully) the science saved our precious tower…
The chapel of our lady the miraculous medal
Located rue du bac #140, the chapel of our lady the miraculous medal is a well-known pilgrim spot in Paris. Every year a large number of faithful people come from the entire world (2 million visitors each year). The pilgrims travel to pray at the place where the Virgin Mary appeared to Catherine Labouré in 1830. Be sure to include this historic site of faith on your must-see itinerary.
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Famous monuments in Paris: the Opera Garnier
This beautiful building was constructed in 1875 by the famous architect Charles Garnier under the reign of the emperor Napoleon the 3rd. Jaw dropping gorgeous interiors will keep your eye spoiled as you walk among living history. Gustave Eiffel himself took part in the construction of the Opera Garnier’s workshops. The splendor and beauty of the building from outside will surely give you the envy to visit this unique artistic institution. You could have a look at the backstage or even watch an opera performance. We recommend one spot nearby, the famous Bouillon Chartier, which is one of the oldest restaurants in Paris!
One of the most amazing views of Paris: Montparnasse Tower
The Montparnasse Tower is one of the famous monuments in Paris we would love to introduce it to you. It is one of the highest skyscrapers in Paris, affording you possibly the best view in Paris because it includes the Eiffel Tower. The building was inaugurated in 1973 and has more than 7200 windows! From the top of its observation deck, the tower offers a spectacular view of the famous monuments in Paris and a 360° view! Events are frequently organized such as an ice skating rink, trampoline or yoga classes… at 210m high! Champagne at sunset anyone?
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