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Paris Attractions & Paris France Museums, Sightseeing, Historic Sites, Monuments, Churches Visitor Guide

Paris is relatively small; most major sights and museums are within walking distance...and you're sure to pass interesting things along the way. One can move easily among the various neighborhoods. Be sure to see the world-famous Eiffel Tower; the Arc de Triomphe, the world's largest museum - the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Wander the streets and sidewalks along the Seine River and discover the charm of city parks and cafes and the Parisian lifestyle.

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The Paris Directory - The Eiffel Tower in Paris France
The Eiffel Tower is a must see when visiting Paris. It is a European icon. It was built for the World exhibition in 1889, held in the French Revolution in 1789. The construction was only meant to last for the the duration of the Exposition, but it still stands today, despite all protests from contemporary artists who feared the construction would be the advent of structures without 'individuality' and despite the many people who feared that this huge 'object' would not fit into the architecture of Paris. Today, there is no such aversion anymore among the Parisians, and one could not imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, in fact it has become the symbol of the City of Light.
Each one of the about 12,000 iron pieces were designed separately to give them exactly the shape needed. All pieces were prefabricated and fit together using approx. 7 million nails.

The Paris Directory - Arc de Triumphe
The Arc de Triomphe is engraved with names of generals who commanded French troops during Napoleon's regime. Standing at the end of the Champs-Elysées, it is now one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, together with the Eiffel Tower symbol of France's capital.
12 Streets radiate from the circular square. The streets are named after French military leaders
. The design of the arch by Jean Chalgrin is based on the Arch of Titus in Rome. The Arc de Triomphe is higher but it has exactly the same proportions. The triumphal arch is adorned with many reliefs, most of them commemorating previous battles. The best known relief is the Departure of the Volunteers in 1792, also known as the Marseillaise. At the top of the arch are 30 shields, each of them bears the name of one of Napoleon's successful battles. The arch also includes the Grave of the Unknown Soldiers from the first World War.

The Paris Directory - Gare de Orsay
At the turn of the 19th century, two large railway stations were built in Paris, the Gare de Lyon and the Gare d'Orsay. The Gare d'Orsay had the most prominent site, along the Seine opposite the Louvre. The railway station was planned by the Compagnie d'Orléans, who wanted to bring electrified trains right into the heart of Paris. The Gare d'Orsay was inaugurated on the 14th of July 1900 for the Paris World Exposition and was considered a masterpiece of industrial architecture. But soon the platforms had become too short for the now much longer trains and as early as 1939, the Gare d'Orsay was out of use as a train station. Over time it was used as a parking lot, as a shooting stand, as a theatre location and even as a reception center for prisoners of war. Today it has become a museum - Musee d Orsay.

The Paris Directory - info - The Louvre

The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world, and the most famous of them all.
In the heart of Paris, this palace is both from an architectural point of view as from an arts perspective one of the must see sights in Paris. It displays about 300,000 works, among them some world-famous like the Mona Lisa from Leonardo da Vinci, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory. The first time the immense collection was displayed was in 1789, during the revolution when the Revolutionary Committee decided to open the King's arts collection to the public.


Paris Directory - Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame cannot be missed on your visit to Paris. It might be the most famous of all cathedrals. The gothic masterpiece is located on the Ile de la Cité, a small island in the heart of the city.
The site of the Notre dame is the cradle of Paris and had been the religious center of the city. The Celts had their sacred ground here, the Romans built a temple to worship Jupiter. A Christian basilica was built in the 6th century and the last religious structure before the Notre-Dame construction started was a Romanesque church.

The Paris Directory - Basilique du Sacre Coeur
Montmartre is known for its artists who have been omnipresent since 1880. The name Montmartre, north of downtown Paris, is said to be derived from either Mount of Martyrs or from Mount of Mars. Until 1873, when the Sacré-Coeur was built on top of the hill, Montmartre was a small village, inhabited by a mostly farming community.
The project to build the Sacré Coeur was initiated by a group of influential people who wanted to build the monument as moral condemnation of the sins of Paris, which, in their opinion, had caused the defeat of the French army against Prussia in 1870. The project was authorized by the National Assembly in 1873, and a competition was organized. The goal was to build an imposing basilica true to Christian traditions.



Musee Rodin
Musee Rodin
77 Rue de Varenne  75007 Paris
The Government acquired the Hôtel Biron in 1905 and Rodin rented the ground floor from 1908 onwards. From that moment, the sculptor, backed by his closest friends, was determined to turn the Hôtel Biron into a museum devoted to his works. It was only in 1916, through three successive donations, that Rodin handed over to the Government all his collections and personal archives, his property in Meudon and, even more important, his works, both sculptures and drawings, accompanied by reproduction rights. The museum opened its doors to the public on 4 August 1919. At present, it houses marble, bronze, plaster, wax and terracotta sculptures, ceramics, paintings, drawings, and works by other artists (Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh) from his personal collection.

Official Website:  www.musee

Centre Pompidou
Exhibition and performance center. Has become one of the city's most popular tourist destinations

Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner
Decorative Arts, Medals, Painting, Photography, Drawings

Musée en Herbe

Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine
History, Medals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Manuscripts, Engravings, Posters, Documents

Montmartre District of Paris - the Paris Directory

This is a rural neighborhood on the outskirts of the city and is very charming. It has a lot of nice cafes and shops and has an artistic feel.  Little streets wander up and around.

Musée de l'Histoire de France
Decorative Arts, History, Painting, Manuscripts, Posters, Engravings, Documents

Musee Jacquemart-Andre
19th-century mansion has a magnificant collection of art, and more.

Bois de Boulogne
Large park on the West side of Paris...lots of nice restaurants and more.

Opera Garnier
This performance hall hosts opera, ballet and chamber music performances
Tickets?  Visit

La Madeleine
Napoleon had this church built in tribute of his army.

This lively neighborhood is located in the 14th Arrondissement.

French National Library
Modern Glass structure is located on the banks of the Seine River. Also...inside is a large research library...maybe the biggest in the world.

Hotel des Invalides
Built in the late 17th century this large building, used to shelter old and wounded soldiers. Napoleon's tomb has been added.

Hotel de Ville
French government seat here along with displays on French history in the museum.

Musée de l'Ordre de la Liberation
History, Medals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Stamps, Arms

Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéa National de Paris - Garnier - 75009
Decorative Arts, History, Jewellery, Furniture, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Textile, Stamps, Drawings, Scale Models

Jardin des Tuileries
Parisian style garden of intricate landscaping.


The Catacombs
These underground stone quarries hold many 200-year-old skeletons.

Musee Carnavalet
Exhibits include Voltaire and Rousseau....The history of Paris from its beginnings through modern times is revealed.

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery
This famous cemetery is the burial site of numerous French luminaries -  Famous cemetery is site of many French authors, writers, and more.

Musée Pasteur
Decorative Arts, Painting, Sciences, Sculpture

Pavillon de l'Arsenal

Pavillon des Arts
Archeology, Ethnography, History, Jewellery, Literature, Medals, Furniture, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Textile

Disneyland Paris - The Paris Directory
Disneyland Paris

Disney theme park opened in 1992. Resort designed in one general area including Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studio Park, Golf Disneyland, Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch, Resorts, Hotels, and international shopping at the Val d'Europe.

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Musée du Petit Palais
Decorative Arts, Furniture, Painting, Sculpture, Drawings, Engravings, Books

Musée Edith Piaf
Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Furniture, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Textile, Stamps

City Museum of Modern Art
An impressive collection of 20th-century Parisian artwork.

Musee de la Musique
Check out this museum...if you are a music lover.  It houses nearly one thousand instruments...

The sewers of Paris - The Paris Directory
Sewers of Paris

See the 1,300 miles that make up the Parisian sewer system.

The center of Parisian nightlife that houses an abundance of popular restaurants, clubs and cafés.

Palais de la Decouverte

Musée national Eugène Delacroix
Furniture, Painting, Drawings, Engravings

Musée Pierre Fauchard - Musée d'Art Dentaire
Medicine, Furniture, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Books

Musées de la Parfumerie Fragonard
History, Painting, Technology

Musee Delacroix in Paris - The Paris Directory
Musee Delacroix

19th-century painter Eugène Delacroix has been preserved along with a lot of his work.

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Musée du Grand Orient de France de de la Franc-Maconnerie Européenne
History, Medals, Furniture, Painting, Sculpture, Textile, Documents

St. Germain des Pres
Oldest churches in the city, this cathedral's inside is very impressive.  Check out the frescos.

Musee National du Moyen Age-Thermes et Hotel de Cluny
A collection of sculptures, tapestries, medieval art, and even jewelry can be found in this museum.

Musee Picasso in Paris, France

Musee Picasso

An excellent Picasso paintings/sculptures collection that is housed in a 17th-century building/hotel.
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Musée d'Art Juif
Archeology, Ethnography, History, Industry, Jewellery, Literature, Medals, Furniture, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Textile, Scale Models

Musée national d'Art Moderne
Decorative Arts, History, Industry, Literature, Furniture, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Architecture

Luxembourg Gardens
Gardens open to only royalty before the French Revolution is now one of Paris's most popular destinations for relaxation.

France's greatest heroes can be found in this famous church. It was built to be a vast mausoleum to "receive the bodies of great men who died in the period of French liberty". The windows were closed, thus enforcing the solemnity of the interior. The building alternated between being a church and mausoleum throughout the last century. In 1985, following the collapse of stone work in the vaults, it has had to be closed for an indefinite period. You can still visit the crypt.
April to September: 9.30am to 6.30pm
October to March: 10am to 6.30pm

Champs Elysees
Tree-lined avenue may be the most famous street in Paris and is home to the city's chic restaurants, fashion, shops and boutiques.

Place Vendome
Square where you will find a statue of Napoleon in its center. Check out all the jewelry stores too.

Latin Quarter
West bank area...neighborhood famous for its students who spoke Latin.

Musée d'Anatomie Delmas-Orfila-Rouviere
History, Medicine, Sciences

Petit Musée de l'Argenterie
Ethnography, Technology

L'Argonaute (Submarine)
History, Industry, Sciences, Technology

Musée de l'Armée
History, Medals, Painting, Photography, Technology, Arms

Moulin Rouge Paris - The Paris Directory
Moulin Rouge

Risqué world-famous cabaret has been around since 1900. The giant windmill stands out.

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Musée national de l'Orangerie

Canal St-Martin
Canal is an extension of the River Seine..

Musée Dapper
Decorative Arts, Sculpture

Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba
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