Museums and monuments

Paris, leading capital for art and culture, has more than 200 museums and historical sites. This incredible wealth and diversity gives to the Ville Lumière an international acknowledgment. To help you plan your vacations in Paris and organize your visits, here are a few practical informations (presentation, opening timetable, rates, etc.) of major sites and museums in Paris.

Eiffel Tower

Built by Gustave Eiffel for the universal exposition of 1889, the Eiffel tower lived through centuries to become one of the most visited monuments. It now welcomes close to 7 million visitors every years and is the first symbol of the city through out the world ! offering an exceptional view from its 324 meters high, this is an inescapable visit during your stay in Paris !

Louvre Museum

Located in the heart of Paris, by the river Seine, the Louvre is a universalistic museum with a massive collection (300 000 works) spreading from antiquity up to 1848 with all kinds of art. Among the famous, come and discover Millo's Venus, Hammurabi's code, and of course la Joconde from Leonardo da Vinci. To see over and again, with such a big collection multiple visits are advised.

Versailles Castle

One hour away from Paris, Versailles once was the residence of French Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. Architectural master piece, the château has more than 2000 rooms with view on a sumptuous park open to the public. Come and relive the golden age of French royalty and make the most the verdant gardens. In summer, the "spectacle des Grandes Eaux" cannot be missed !

Catacombs of Paris

In the late eighteenth century, faced with the saturation of Paris cemeteries, the government voted the evacuation of most of pauper's graves and of cemetery of the Innocents, one of the biggest in Paris. To collect all the bones - it is estimated that 6 millions remains have been gathered - the Catacombs of Paris have been arranged in underground quarries that you can visit from Place Denfert-Rochereau. Do not miss visiting the largest necropolis of the world !

Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur

Situated at the top of "butte de Montmatre - a cult place since forever - the Basilica Sacré Coeur is the second most visited monument of France, with more than ten million visitors and pilgrims a year. built in 1875 thanks to donations from faithful ones, the Basilica's architecture is inspired from roman and byzantine style making it very eclectic. To get to it, you will have to take the funicular or climb the 222 steps: an effort well worth it once you've taken a look at the view.

Tuileries garden

Situated between place de la Concorde, rue de rivoli, the Palais du Louvre and the river Seine, the Jardin des tuileries is the oldest and most important French style garden of Paris. With its massive treed alleys, lovely lawns and ponds, it welcomes each day thousands of visitors who enjoy walking around, relaxing on a chair by a pond (freely lent to the public) or admire one of the many contemporary sculptures of the park.
 

Notre-Dame de Paris

Built starting in 1163, right in the center of Paris at the further end of the Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame is the largest in France, and a real jewel of gothic architecture. This cathedral has stood throughout centuries and become today the most visited monument in Europe. Each day, approximately 30,000 visitors discover its stained glass windows, sculptures, and of course, the west face with its famous portal of the Last Judgement. You mustn’t miss it if you’re coming to Paris for the first time !