PARIS: monuments & historic buildings
Paris is well-endowed with great monuments, iconic structures, like the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, and superb buildings like Notre Dame. Taking them all in is never going to be easy...you'll just have to come back.
arc de triomphe
The stunningly impressive Arc de Triomphe was built on the orders of Napoleon I, in 1806, to honour the victorious achievements of the Grande Armée.
More: Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle
Tel: 01 55 37 73 77
April - September: 1000-2300
October - March 1000 - 2230
Built to satisfy monarchic ego, the Panthéon is dedicated to Ste-Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris. Since 1885, when Victor Hugo was buried here, the monument has been the final resting place of the country's most illustrious people.
Place du Panthéon
Tel: 01 44 32 18 00
basilique cathÉdrale de saint-denis
Formerly a royal abbey, this magnificent edifice is the earliest example of French Gothic architecture, and was an important pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages.
This has been the last resting place of many French kings, with over 70 royal tombs within, including Dagobert, Louis XVI, as well as Catherine de' Medici.
1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur
Tel: 01 48 09 83 54
April-September: Monday-Saturday 1000-1815; Sunday noon-1815
October-March: Monday-Saturday 1000-1700; Sunday noon-1715
tours de notre-dame
the towers of notre-dame
The towers, which offer a spectacular view of the city, involves the ascent of 422 steps through a height gain of 226 feet. This is for the fit and healthy only.
Construction of the cathedral began in the 12th century, and continued for the next 200 years. It was badly damaged during the Revolution, but restoration work began in 1844.
Rue de la Cloitre Notre-Dame
Tel: 01 53 10 07 00
April-September: 1000-1830 (2300 Saturday and Sunday in July and August)
The exceptional collection of stained-glass windows rivals Chartres cathedral, and make this one of the finest royal chapels to be built in France.
Like Saint-Denis, this is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ.
4, Boulevard du Palais
Tel: 01 53 40 60 80
Visitors must queue to go through security
Linked admission with the Concieregerie.
Also known as the Tour Maine-Montparnasse, this is the only
skyscraper in Paris, standing 689 feet tall, and weighing some 150,000 tons.
56th floor is reserved for tourist visitors; here you will gain one of the
finest views possible of the city and its landmarks.
33 avenue du Maine
Tel: 01 45 38 53 16
(Sunday-Thursday) 0930-2230 (Friday-Saturday) 0930-2300