The Capital of France, Paris is considered by many the
Capital of the World. It is the most populous city of France and the center and
seat of government, commerce, education and culture. It is by far the number one site for French Tourism.
Paris is one of the most fascinating cities on Earth
A Millenarian History
It is located on the River Seine on the northern part of France. It is a city with almost 2.5 million inhabitants but the whole Metropolitan area is the largest one in Europe with 12 million inhabitants.
With a history of more than two millennia, it was the center of many important events such as the French Revolution.
Today Paris is a world leading center for politics, entertainment, commerce, media, fashion and culture. Millions of people have visited Paris and we can humbly say that we have been to Paris tens of times during the last 50 years.
Here are the most important sites of interest while visiting “The City of Lights”. The most we have enjoyed when the weather was mild is the walking through the city Capital of France.
I remember once we started our walk at the Arch de Triomphe, through Champs Elysees to Place de la Concord and on and on all the way to Sacre Coeur atop the hill.
The World renowned Louvre Museum in Paris
This museum is the number one of the world’s leaders in pre-20th century art. We all know about the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci, the “Dying Slave” by Michelangelo or the Venus de Milo, but there are other works of Caravaggio, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and many others.
It is home to more than one million objects. The palace itself is a master piece and today you may also enjoy the glass Pyramid which became the main entrance to the Louvre.
When visiting the Capital of France, if you have time I suggest you dedicate a couple of days to visit it. Make a plan, divide the museum and enjoy the art with the time it deserves.
At the center of Paris is the Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
This is another top attraction in Paris. It was built in 1806 to commemorate the triumphal battles of Napoleon Bonaparte.
It stands 50 meters high by 45 meters wide and dominated the landscape in what is called its center.
It is located in the area called L’Etoile, meaning the star in reference to the avenues that converge from different sides of the city into the arch.
The main of these avenues is the grandiose Avenue des Champs Elysees.
The beautiful sculptures reflect the generals and soldiers that fought in Napoleon’s battles.
In the center is located the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier.
Sunset at the Eiffer Tower in Paris
This is by far the most representative landmark of the Capital of France.
It appears in all postcards, websites and magazines when they refer to Paris.
Built in by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Exposition, it was rejected by the people of Paris for being too modern and it was almost torn down.
Since then it has attracted over 220 million visitors from every corner of the world that wouldn’t consider visiting Paris without seeing it.
Located in the Champ de Mars it towers 300 meters and is one of the world most photographed tourist attraction.
you may dine in the luxury restaurant on the tower.
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris France
Notre Dame Cathedral
This adorable cathedral took 100 years to complete and was for centuries the center of life in medieval Paris.
This is one of the most beautiful and singular cathedrals in the world.
With stained glass, dramatic towers and an awe inspiring statuary.
Go back in history and climb the North Tower and see Paris from the Hunchback Quasimodo’s, point of view.
You will understand why it is one of the top tourist attractions in Paris.
Musee d'Orsay in a former train station in Paris
You can walk from the Louvre to this important museum Musee dOrsay, and cross the bridge from classical to modern art.
Built in a former train station it houses one of the world’s most important collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art including such artists as Degas, Monet, Gauguin, Manet, Van Gogh, Pissarro, Renoir and many more.
The museum building was originally constructed for the Chemin de Fer de Paris à Orléans and finished in time for the 1900 Exposition Universelle.
To the design of three architects: Lucien Magne, Émile Bénard and Victor Laloux.
World Renowned University of La Sorbonne in Paris
The Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter
Located on the Latin Quarter, this famous university was founded in 1257 by a small group of theology students, making it one of Europe’s oldest universities
It is the Alma Mater of renowned thinkers such as Descartes, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
As you leave the university, go and explore the maze like little streets of the Latin Quarter.
You may meet important people and have your coffe as you watch the people of Paris.
For more information go to Paris Tourism website
The Latin Quarter in Paris France
A visit to the Capital of France is a dream for many, but also many millions have achieved it.
Plan your trip and enjoy every minute of it.
Credits for images for the Capital of France:
paris view by taxiarchos
notredam by mosralist
eiffel by mark ggn
orsay by sundor laza
triomphe by benh
sacre coeur by sicxlocal
sorbonne by plive
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