is famous all over the world for the beauty
and the richness of its monuments.
Every king, emperor and President of the
Republic has left his personal architectural
Discover the cultural and historical richness
that makes Paris the sweetest and most romantic
city of the whole Europe.
The most famous Parisian monuments date
back to different periods and they are located
in the centre of the city and all along
the river Seine.
The banks of the Seine represent one of
the most amazing panoramic views of Paris.
Trees shade the banks of the river and several
bridges, from the Pont de Sully
to the Pont de Bir Hakeim, span
magically the Seine.
From east to west you will cross: the gothic
Notre Dame cathedral that has been
built between the XII and the XIII century
and renovated during the XIX century; the
Louvre museum that keeps preciously famous
masterpieces of art like the Mona Lisa
by Leonardo da Vinci as well as
the limbless beauty, the Venus de Milo;
the golden-domed Hotel des Invalides
where lies the tomb of Napoleon; the Alexander
III bridge with its sumptuous decorations;
the Grand Palais where the main
exhibitions are held; the Quai Branly
museum dedicated to african, asian, oceanian
and american civilizations; the emblematic
Eiffel Tower built for the World
Exhibition in 1889; the majestic Arc of
Triumph that overtops the famous avenue
des Champs Elysées.
In the eastern part of the city, important
modern buildings have been built like the
department of Finance and the National
Library François Mitterand made of
four L-shaped towers, whose shape recalls
the shape of an open book.
Several other monuments deserve a visit:
the Conciergerie, ancient seat
of the regal power until the kingdom of
Charles V, it was also a dreaded prison
that hosted the main protagonists of the
French Revolution (queen Marie Antoinette
included); the Sainte Chapelle,
built just behind the Conciengerie and considered
a gothic masterpiece; the Pantheon
that represents an authentic civil temple
where a lot of famous French people are
buried; the Opera theatre conceived
by the architect Garnier. Most of Paris
monuments can be visited during weekends
and close only once a week and during some