The Eiffel Tower, the most visited tourist attraction in Paris, also ranks high on the list of places in France to visit. It’s impossible to imagine that when it was first revealed, the structure was dismissed as a monstrosity. For the Paris Exhibition of 1889, which celebrated the centenary of the French Revolution, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel designed the famous tower.
Musée du Louvre
The Louvre is the most significant of Paris’ top galleries, a sumptuous building that used to be the home of the Kings of France. People enter the museum near the mirror pyramid in the palace courtyard (designed by Ieoh Ming Pei in 1917). From antiquities to European paintings of the 15th to 19th centuries, the Louvre Museum has more than 30,000 artworks (many considered masterpieces).
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
A victory of Gothic architecture, Notre-Dame is situated on the Ile de la Cité in the heart of Paris, close to the attractions of the Latin Quarter. Ile de la Cité, an island on the Seine River, is the historical and geological centre of Paris. The Romans founded the Gallo-Roman city of Lutetia on this small plot of land and the Kings of France lived here from the 6th century to the 14th century.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Before the 17th century, when it was landscaped by André Le Nôtre, Paris’ most monumental boulevard used to be a barren area of marshland. A century later, Baron Haussman, the famous Parisian city planner, designed the boulevard’s elegant buildings. With the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees as its junction, the Champs-Elysées is split into two sections.