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Top Attractions in Paris

Updated on July 23, 2012

The Most Romantic City

Paris, a city of beauty and elegance. Everyone who visits this dreamy city is sure to fall in love with it. Offering you almost anything from haute couture, art masterpieces, unrivaled architecture, fine dining at its best and the best side walk cafes. Paris, the most romantic city is a definite must see!

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Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou houses a vast public library, the Musée National d'Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research. It is named after Georges Pompidou, the President of France from 1969 to 1974 who decided its creation, and was officially opened on 31 January 1977. The Centre Pompidou has had over 150 million visitors since 1977. The Centre was built by GTM and completed in 1977 for about 993 million French francs. Renovation work conducted from October 1996 to January 2000 was completed on a budget of 576 million francs. Several major exhibitions are organized each year on either the first or sixth floors. The Place Georges Pompidou in front of the museum is noted for the presence of street performers, such as mimes and jugglers. In the spring, miniature carnivals are installed temporarily into the place in front with a wide variety of attractions: bands, caricature and sketch artists, tables set up for evening dining, and even skateboarding competitions.

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The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located in Paris. It was built in 1889 and has become a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world. The tower was designed by the engineer Gustave Eiffel and originally built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair. The Eiffel tower stands 324 metres tall and has three levels for visitors.

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The Musee du Louvre

The Louvre is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. The Musée du Louvre, consisting of eight curatorial department over 60 600 square metres, contains more than 380 000 objects and displays 35 000 works of art. The Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world with an average of 15 000 visitors per day.  

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Carnavalet Museum

The Carnavalet Museum in Paris is dedicated to the history of the city. In the courtyard, a magnificent sculpture of Louis XIV, the Sun King, greets the visitor. The museum houses about 2,600 paintings, 20,000 drawings, 300,000 engravings and 150,000 photographs, 2,000 modern sculptures and 800 pieces of furniture, thousands of ceramics, many decorations, models and reliefs, signs, thousands of coins, countless items, many of them souvenirs of famous characters, and thousands of archeological fragments. The museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm. It is closed on Mondays and holidays.

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The Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay, housed in the former railway station, is an impressive Beaux-Arts edifice built between 1898 and 1900. It holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915. The art includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. The museum is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

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The Musée du quai Branly

The Musée du quai Branly features indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel. The "living wall" (200m long by 12m tall) on part of the exterior of the museum was designed and planted by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc. The museum's frontage facing onto quai Branly features very tall glass paneling which allows its interior gardens to be remarkably quiet only meters from the busy street in front of them. The museum contains 267,000 objects in its permanent collection, of which 3,500 items from the collection are on display.

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Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris was one of the first Gothic cathedrals, its sculptures and stained glass show the heavy influence of naturalism. The cathedral suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution in the 1790s, when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. During the 19th century, an extensive restoration project was completed, returning the cathedral to its previous state. The cathedrals organ has 7,800 pipes, with 900 classified as historical. It has 111 stops, five 56-key manuals and a 32-key pedalboard. There are five bells at Notre Dame. The great bourdon bell, Emmanuel, is located in the South Tower, weighs just over 13 tons, and is tolled to mark the hours of the day and for various occasions and services.

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Travel Guide to Paris, France

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    • SAFlights profile imageAUTHOR

      SAFlights 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you festersporling1

      Many people only think about the most popular attractions, but never the less popular that is also as great.

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      Daniel Christian 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These are all great. I did a hub on the Eiffel Tower. But you mention so many great ones. https://hubpages.com/travel/Eiffel-Tower-Paris... Well written.

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