There, where you see the limit of your emotions, is Paris. City of love, of art, of mind-boggling food, of wine, of a whole universe of sights and places, which you absorb with all your senses. Where you can't stop thinking, as you hurry alongside the rows of cars and pedestrians on the Champs-Elysées or sink into the timelessness of an eternal city on a small table in one of the thousands of street cafes. Paris and excitement, whenever and wherever you look at it. And he is always ready to tell stories, just want to learn them.
The first meeting with Paris may seem like a collision with a freight train or a smooth entry into a vast ocean of places, experiences and views. But no matter how it starts and how you think, that it will end, your meeting with Paris will be a memory for a lifetime.
Where to start exploring Paris and which way to continue, no one can tell you. But to have at least a basic guideline, in this article we will introduce you to the main sights of Paris.
Of course, Eiffel Tower. No matter where you start, you will think of her first. 324-meter tower, built in 1889 r. by Gustav Eiffel and his team, to this day it is a symbol of Paris. The tower was built as the entrance arch to the World's Fair in Paris and more 130 years continues to be the main entrance to the Paris experience. Millions of tourists climb the tower every year - some because of the view, and others just to experience the emotion, that they are both in the heart and on top of Paris. Lovers choose her, to experience their most romantic moments.
According to more experienced visitors, however, The Eiffel Tower may be one of the most romantic places in Paris, but the view from it is not the best. In fact, panorama of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, it looks far more recognizable and attractive. That is why one of the favorite places of photographers is the Arc de Triomphe.
A curious fact, which you need to know about the Eiffel Tower, is, that you are not allowed to photograph it at night. The tower itself can be photographed, but the lighting around it is subject to copyright. If you decide to photograph it for your personal collection and do not distribute the photographs anywhere, you probably won't have a serious problem. But if you share such a photo on social networks, you can get in trouble.
The Champs-Elysées is one of the most famous streets in the world and it is no coincidence that it has the fame of the most beautiful boulevard in the world.. Although its name means "Champs Elysees", today it is a symbol of colorful urban life in one of the busiest cities on the planet. Only about long 2 km and wide 70 m., he is the beating heart of Paris.
The boulevard was built at the beginning of 17 century. It starts at Place de la Concorde and ends at Place Charles de Gaulle, on which the Arc de Triomphe is located. It was originally part of a park with a lake, where the French kings had fun. Through 1616 r. wife of Henry IV – Maria de Medici, ordered an alley to be built here. This promenade quickly became a favorite place for walks of Parisians of all walks of life. Through 1667 r. Louis XIV extended it and ordered trees to be planted on both sides. The modern look of the street is from 19 century, when bronze lanterns were installed around the boulevard, fountains were built along the sidewalks, built theaters, cafes, restaurants.
Today, no visit to Paris can pass without a walk on the Champs-Elysees. And the boulevard jealously guards its aristocratic appearance, surrounded by cinemas, cafes, luxury stores. No business can accidentally come across the Champs-Elysees - the rents are huge, and the opening of a store requires a special permit and the brands are carefully selected.
The Champs-Elysées is undoubtedly the most representative street in Paris and 14 July, Bastille Day, the traditional military parade takes place here. And in December, the Christmas decorations on the boulevard are an experience for all the senses.
The Arc de Triomphe was built in honor of all those who fought and died for France in the wars of the First French Republic and the Napoleonic Wars. (1789 – 1815). The names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on its walls, and under its arch lies the tomb of the unknown warrior of the First World War.
The arch is remarkable for its scale and is the second largest triumphal arch in the world after the one in Pyongyang. High 50 meters and wide 45 meters, with arch height above 18 meters. The design is inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.
Today, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris is one of the must-see sights in the French capital. But only a small number of tourists take the opportunity not only to watch it and take pictures from the side, but also to climb on it. And the top of the Arc de Triomphe is the place with one of the best views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. And inside the arch there is a small museum, documenting its history.
The location of the arch is known as Etoile - translated as "star", because the square, on which it is located, connects several of the most important boulevards in Paris, and seen from above, it looks just like a star. The Triumphal Arch is also a connecting link on the Historical Axis (Historical axis) - a series of monuments, which starts from the Louvre and ends at the Grand Arch on Sq. Defense.
No matter how many times and for how long you go to Paris, make no mistake, that you will be able to go around the Louvre and see everything in it. To get acquainted with the whole museum, it will take you days and even weeks. The Louvre preserves the rich artistic heritage of France, but also objects from all over the world. The artifacts in the museum are over 380 000, of which over 35 000 are exposed, divided into 8 collections - Ancient Egypt Greece, Etruria and Rome, Art of the Middle East, Islamic art, Sculptures, Decorative art, Paintings, Engravings and graphics.
The most visited exhibit in the Louvre, of course, is Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. But there you can also find works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Poussin and other famous artists. Among the famous sculptures in the collection are Venera Miloska and Nike from Samothrace.
The impressive Louvre building was originally a military fortification, then the royal residence. The first castle on this site was built in 1190 r. as a defensive fortress of Paris. It was first opened as a museum in 1793 g., and today the exhibits are located on an area of over 60 000 sq. m. This is the most visited museum in the world.
With its over 700 rooms, Versailles is one of the largest palaces in the world. Home to some of the most famous French rulers such as Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. With its richly decorated halls and priceless works of art, Versailles allows us to peek into French monarchical life. The Palace of Versailles is part of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The Mirror Hall is world famous, the royal opera, the gallery of battles and royal apartments. Nearby are the Big and the Little Trianon, and last but not least, its famous gardens. The palace is located in the town of Versailles, a suburb of Paris, and you can safely spend a whole day in it, studying the hundreds of rooms, artifacts and curious facts about it.
Montmartre Hill is one of the most interesting and picturesque districts of Paris, pier of artists and painters, a place with a rich history and unique atmosphere. It is famous for its beautiful architecture, and in 19 and 20 century became an attraction for some of the world's most famous artists - Picasso, Van Gogh, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali. The tall one 130 meters hill, on which the neighborhood is located, is an excellent place for windmills and it is no coincidence that there were many on the hill. Today, only the one in front of the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret is preserved (which in translation means just that - the Red Mill). Montmartre is the neighborhood with the most strip bars, sex shop, cabaret and nightclubs.
At the top of the hill rise the snow-white domes of the Sacré Coeur Basilica., built in 1874 r. Its bell tower is high 80 meters and from it rings one of the largest bells in the world, heavy 19 tons. One of the most remarkable places in the area is the meditation garden and the fountains in it. And even if you don't consider churches to be big landmarks, then the view from the hill to Paris is certainly something, which you would not want to miss. To help hard-to-move tourists, there is a lift to the top of the hill.
No matter how much we tell you about Paris and the sights of Paris, it will never be enough. Paris is a place, for which there is no and will never be a unilateral definition, nor can there be a list of the “10 things, to see in Paris ". The places listed in this article are probably the most famous, but only a small drop in the ocean of sights in Paris. , which, , . . 100 meters shines in night Paris. The Musee d’Orsay is another museum, which you should not miss. The Latin Quarter will take you to another world. And if you want to enjoy Paris in the most romantic way, give yourself a cruise on the Seine.
This article was written with the assistance of BulTravel and Agent Express EOOD.
Author : Ivan Rashkov