5 Things You Have To See Your First Time In Paris

Arc de Triomphe – triumphal arch

The Arc de Triomphe, or triumphal arc is another iconic symbol of Paris.  It would probably be even more prevalent if it wasn’t for the Eiffel Tower.  Napoleon commissioned this edifice to help brag about his military accomplishments.

The Arc is massive; to most people it appears much bigger in person than in pictures.  It is immensely popular and situated between 12 intersecting streets, so don’t expect some quiet time to inspect all the generals names inscribed in the Arc to yourself.

 

Notre Dame

This medieval Catholic cathedral is also historic and world famous.  Almost 200 years of construction were finished in 1365, so it’s fair to say it has been around for a while.  It is a great example of gothic architecture, and the inspiration behind The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It still is a catholic church today, but aside from church services you can visit the crypt or climb to the top.

 

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is often shown as a symbol of Paris, France, and sometimes even Europe as a whole. Even though it is a cliché, you have to go and see why millions flock to this romantic wrought iron tower each year.

It’s worth a quick visit even if you don’t ride the elevator up, or eat in one of the mid-tower restaurants.  At one point it was the tallest man made structure in the world, and even though it doesn’t have that title any more, it still provides great city views from the top.

 

The Louvre

The Louvre is the world’s largest museum, and easily arguable as the world’s most famous museum and houses so much more than the Mona Lisa.  Originally, the Louvre Palace was a fortress, but as time went on it was expanded considerably and recommissioned as a museum.  It houses over 35,000 works of art that are said to be worth between $50-$100 billion dollars..

 

Les Invalides/ Hotel national des Invalides

This complex of buildings is dedicated the military history of France.  It features a military hospital, retirement home for veterans, church, and museums detailing tons of military endeavors by the French. It also includes the burial grounds of many French war heroes.  Yes, France’s most famously short of stature, but in actuality probably not that short in stature Napoleon Bonaparte is buried here.


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