Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light (la Ville Lumière) and Capital of Fashion, it is home to the world's finest and most luxorious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancôme, L'Oréal, Clarins, etc. A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world (after Tokyo) and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world's most visited tourist sight the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido etc, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually.
Eiffel Tower Information
The Eiffel Tower is probably the most famous attraction in France. Built in 1889 from iron lattice, the tower standing 324m (1,063 ft) is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It is one of the most recognizable structures in the world and is the single most visited paid monument in the world. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World's Fair. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world from its completion until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France after the 2004 Millau Viaduct.
Sacre Coeur Cathedral
Sacre Coeur Cathedral Information
Sacre Coeur Basilica (also known as Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris) is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. The basilica is a popular landmark located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
Today, thousands of tourists climb up the steep and large number of steps (or take the funicular railway to the top of the Butte de Montmartre) every day for the spectacular views across Paris. On a clear day, it is possible to see for 40km (25 miles) from the top of the 112m (367ft) bell tower.
Orsay Museum Information
The Orsay Museum (better known as the Musee d'Orsay) is a museum in Paris on the left bank of the Seine. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography, and is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces (the largest in the world) by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986.
Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles Information
The Palace of Versailles, also known as simply 'Versailles', is a royal château located in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. In French, it is known as the Château de Versailles.
The Palace lies around 20 kilometres SW of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. One of the largest, it is also considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world.
Louvre Museum Information
The Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums and is currently the most visited museum in the world. The 60,600 square metred building housing more than 35,000 objects is associated with its glass pyramid roof which is one of the most iconic symbols of Paris.
The museum is located on the bank of the Seine river in Paris and is the home of some of the world’s most famous works of art, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The other permanent collections includes Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian and oriental antiquities, as well as sculptures, art objects, prints and drawings. Entrance to the Louvre is via the largest of the 3 glass pyramids that dominate the courtyard. The global success of Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code (which features a number of scenes involving the Louvre), has contributed to the status of this museum being the 'World's Most Visited Museum' and at peak times, probably also features the world's longest queue to get inside.
Stade de France
Stade de France Information
The Stade de France is the national stadium of France, situated in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis. It has a capacity of 81,338, making it the fifth largest stadium in Europe. It is used by both the French national football team and French rugby union team for international competition. It also hosts the latter stages of most major rugby and football events and has hosted the annual Motorsport event Race of Champions in 2004, 2005, and 2006. The stadium is also used for music concerts and other sporting events. The facility is owned and operated by the Consortium Stade de France.