Top Heritage Sites in Paris
Paris has a certain grandeur that cannot be attached to mere words. Soaked in a lush history, which has seen the rise and fall of several civilisations and communities- Paris has numerous cultural heritage monuments in the form of forts, palaces, museums, cathedrals, churches and iconic monuments. Boasting of an array of World Heritage monuments, cobblestone streets, beautiful arcades and vibrant city quarters- Paris is truly a dream vacation for a spirited traveler. We at thesqua.re are in complete awe of Paris like you and hence took the time to curate a list of the top 4 Heritage monuments which you cannot afford to miss on your trip. If you are also searching for options of where to stay in Paris, then take a look at serviced apartments than hotels which is ideally located and can place you within close proximity of these iconic landmarks!
1. Eiffel Tower
The brainchild of the legendary architect- Gustave Eiffel, this iconic landmark is considered to be the true embodiment of the Parisian grandeur. The Eiffel Tower is a 320m-tall and has three floors on it. It also has an elevator with which you can access all the floors and also go right up to the top! For the enthusiastic ones, they can also climb up the stairs to the second floor, from where one can take the elevator to the top. The panoramic views at the top, which extend onto a vast view of the city’s beautiful landscape, consisting of the neatly arranged arrondissements, the scenic River Seine banks and also a few other iconic monuments. It is all worth the long queues and the climb. There are two famous restaurants or snack bars in the tower. The first floor has the ’58 Tour Eiffel’ and the second floor has a restaurant by the name of ‘Le Jules Verne’. But an additional exciting feature of the tower is the ‘Champagne Bar’ at the top of the tower! We would also advise you to pre-book your entry tickets here.
Location: Champ de Mars, 5 av Anatole France, 7e Paris.
Timings: From mid-June-Aug, the timings for the lifts & stairs are 9am-12.45am, while Sep-mid June the timings are slightly different. The timing for the lifts are 9.30am-11pm, and for the stairs, they are 9.30am-6.30pm.
2. Musée du Louvre (The Louvre)
Considered to be the world’s most esteemed, grand and prized art galleries on earth- The Louvre stands tall as the symbol of Paris’ ‘piece de résistance’ or as the prized showpiece of the city. Louvre is the world’s most-visited art museum which houses more than 35,000 works of iconic art- dating back to ancient civilisations, like Egyptian, Greek etc., and from different eras of times. Masterpieces of art, created by the world’s celebrated artists of all times like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh are showcased in this very museum. One of the most popular paintings by Da Vinci- ‘Mona Lisa’ is also showcased here. The Museum is spread over three wings and four floors. In addition to the paintings, the Louvre also has priceless antiques which have been procured over time from within France, Europe and also the world. These belong to different civilisations and also eras. For example, the ‘Seated Scribe’ or the ‘Code of Hammurabi’ from the Egyptian civilisation- which is fascinating to witness and learn of. One of the most admired features of the Louvre is the ‘Grande Pyramid’ which sits at the entrance. It is an extraordinary and grand ‘glass pyramid’ that is now recognised as a significant Parisian symbol.
Location: Rue de Rivoli & Quai des Tuileries, 1er Paris
Timing: Open from 9am-6pm Mon, Thu, Sat & Sun. On Wednesdays and Fridays, it is open from 9am-9:45 pm.
3. Notre Dame Cathedral
An architectural masterpiece in itself, The Notre Dame Cathedral is a fine symbol of the French Gothic style of architecture. Built on the design given by Bishop Maurice de Sully, the cathedral was started to be built in the 11th century. It was finally completed in the 14th century. One of the most visited sites on Earth, it receives more than 13 Million visitors annually. The Cathedral is a revered site for the Parisian Catholic community and accommodates close to 6000 people in its prayer halls. Look out for the Treasury and the bell towers of the cathedral- the facades of which are also intricately done. People can also climb the 400 steps of the North Tower and experience some breathtaking views of Paris.
Location: 6 Place du Parvis Notre Dame, 4e Paris
Timings: Monday to Friday the Cathedral is open from 7.45am to 6.45pm, while over the weekends it is open from 7:45 am to 7.15pm. Also check here for timings for the tower and the treasury.
4. Arc de Triomphe
Upon his victory in Austerlitz in the year 1805, Napoleon commissioned to the building of this magnificent ‘triumphal arc’ in the year 1806. A magnanimous arc in the beautiful neighbourhood of Charles de Gaulle. Beneath the arc, buried in the ground is the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’- which honours the millions of French soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the World War I. The Arc de Triomphe is intricately sculpted with various forms of sculptures and patterns which are a treat to look at. There is also a viewing platform atop the arch which can be reached by climbing 284 steps. Climb up to this platform to see some incredible Parisian vistas.
Location: place Charles de Gaulle, 8e Paris
Timings: From April to September the arc is open for visits from 10am-11pm, while from the months of October-March it is open for visits from 10:00 am to 10.30pm.
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