Paris – Sights and Attractions – All in one place, recommended

Paris – Sights and Attractions – All in one place, recommended

Paris is the capital of France. It is located in the middle of the Paris Basin in northern France, straddling both banks of the Seine River. Looking down from the plane, the beautiful Seine River stretches out its green arms, softly embracing the world-famous city of Paris. It is the political, economic, cultural and financial center of France, the cradle of modern human literature and art, with a history of more than 800 years as the capital. Romance is the most famous characteristic of Paris, and much evidence of this can be found along the Seine River. Another characteristic of Paris is its responsiveness, where new social, literary and artistic ideas are constantly emerging. In Paris, classical elegance and modern fashion are so perfectly blended, greatness and sanctity, wealth and power, tradition and enthusiasm, wit and casualness, complement each other and complement each other. It is proud and capricious, full of contradictions and contrasts everywhere.

1. Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is arguably the symbol of Paris. It stands in the heart of the city on the right bank of the Seine at the Place de la Guerre and was built for the International Exhibition held in Paris in 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower is 320 meters tall, and it is a very lightweight interlocking structure made up of less than 15,000 metal bodies welded together in total. The tower weighs a total of 7,000 tons and is supported by four thick iron columns with concrete and cement foundations. The tower is divided into three levels: the first is 57 meters high, the second is 115 meters high, and the third is 274 meters high. On each level there are bars and restaurants where visitors can take a break and enjoy a unique panoramic view of downtown Paris. On clear days, the view can be seen as far as 70 kilometres.

2. Notre Dame de Paris

The world-famous French Catholic Church, located on the island in the middle of the Seine, is now one of the three most famous tourist attractions in Paris, along with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. 1163, Pope Alexander and King Louis VII jointly presided over the laying of the foundation stone, construction began, and was largely completed in 1345, lasting nearly 200 years. After centuries of war and dilapidation, it was redesigned by the architect Violet le Duque, who kept the original style intact and reopened it in 1864 after 20 years of work. Critics call it “solid, but not unwieldy”, and in its own unique style it has achieved perfection. It is a typical Gothic church, a new generation in the history of European architecture.

3. Louvre

One of the largest royal palaces in France, it is now home to the Musée National des Beaux-Arts, the largest museum in the world, with a collection of 400,000 works of art from around the world, both ancient and modern. Located on the right bank of the Seine in Paris, the palace was built by Philip II in 1204 as a bunker for the royal archives and treasures. In March 1989, in the middle of the two wings of the Louvre, the “Cour Napoléon” was opened. In March 1989, a glass pyramid was built in the “Napoleonic Courtyard” in the middle of the two wings of the Louvre, thus adding to the richness of the Louvre.

4. Champs-Élysées

The Champs-Élysées is the main street in Paris, France, running from Place de la Concorde at the east end to the Place des Stars in the west, and is 1,800 metres long and about 120 metres wide at its widest point. In French, “Champs Elysees” means “idyllic land”, and was named Champs Elysees in 1709. The street is bounded by the north-south Rue du Rombouin, which is divided into two distinctly different sections, east and west. The quiet eastern section reflects the idyllic scenery, about 700 meters long, with rows of sycamores lushly lined up, and the street gardens appearing and disappearing among the trees. The western section is more than 1,100 meters long, the bustling downtown area, along the sycamore trees sandwiched by the road, the most prosperous department stores, big banks, fashion shops, cinemas, cafes, bars, nightclubs, etc., is the first commercial avenue in Paris.

5. Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is a magnificent and world-renowned building, a monument protected by the French government. Situated in the center of the star-shaped square in the center of Paris (now known as General de Gaulle Square), the 12 streets are centered on the Arc de Triomphe and radiate in all directions, which is magnificent and shaped like a star. The Arc de Triomphe is 49.54 meters high, 44.82 meters wide and 22.21 meters thick. It has doors on all sides, and the central arch is 14.6 meters wide, with two high piers as pillars for the gatehouse and an elevator going up and down in the middle. On top of the arched dome there are three levels of enclosed corridors, the lowest level is the Arc de Triomphe’s guard office and accounting room; the second level holds various French medals and awards; the top level is the showroom, displaying various historical artifacts about the Arc de Triomphe as well as pictures of Napoleon’s life story.

6. The Seine

The Seine River is one of the four major rivers in France. It originates from the Langres Plateau in the east at an altitude of 471 meters, and flows from west to north through the city of Paris. 13 kilometers from the city of Paris, it is injected into the English Channel near the port of Le Havre, covering a distance of 776 kilometers. It is the second largest river in France and the shortest and most prestigious of the four major rivers. With more than 300 km of viable waterways, Paris has developed because of the Seine and is known as the “daughter of the Seine”. On both sides of the river, there are many parks, famous monuments and gardens, and the scenery is luxuriant and elegant. In the eastern section of the river, there is the island of the city, which was inhabited by the Parisians in 300 BC.

7. Concorde

Place de la Concorde is located on the north bank of the Seine River in the heart of Paris, France. It is one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It was built according to the design of the famous architect Cabrière. It was called “Place de la Révolution” during the Revolution and was renamed “Place de la Concorde” in 1795. The 8 statues surrounding the square are the symbols of the 8 major cities of France. These eight cities have played an important role in French history: Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nantes, Rouen, Bresse, Lille and Strasbourg. Nowadays, the Place de la Concorde is both a historical witness to the heroic struggle of the Parisian people, and a place for the citizens of Paris to rest and visit. To its east is the flowery Jardin de la Guyli, and to the west the wide Champs-Elysees connects the square with Place Charles de Gaulle.

8. Palace of Versailles

Versailles is a world-famous French royal palace, a representative of Western classical architecture, located in the town of Versailles, 18 kilometers southwest of Paris. The building area is 110,000 square meters, and the garden area is 1 million square meters. The building is symmetrical on an east-west axis and north-south, and the gardens are also geometrically shaped. On the 3 km long central axis, there are statues, fountains, lawns, flower beds, colonnades, etc. The main body of the palace is 707 meters long, with the royal palace in the middle and the palace rooms and government offices, theaters, churches, etc. in the two wings, with a majestic appearance. The interiors are inlaid with marble, jade steps and huge columns, decorated with carvings, tapestries and huge paintings. The Hall of Mirrors in the center, also known as the Hall of Mirrors, is known for its grandeur and splendor, and is a place that every visitor should pay special attention to.

9. Osei Museum

The Musée d’Orsay, once known as “the most beautiful museum in Europe”, is located on the left bank of the Seine, where in 1870 the “State Audit Office ” was located. The original building was destroyed during the “Paris Commune”. The Musée d’Orsay is the perfect intermediate link between the Louvre, the temple of ancient art, and the Pompidou Centre, the temple of modern art. The tender for the renovation of the original building was launched in 1978 and won by the team of the Association des Arts, Films et Télévisions; the interior design work was carried out by the Italian woman architect Gaile Oronti. Today, the museum has a collection of more than 4,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, design drawings and home furnishings, with over 45,000 square metres of exhibition space.

10. Paris Opera House

The Paris Opera House is the largest theatre in the world for the performance of formal opera. With a surface area of almost 11,000 square meters, the opera house can accommodate more than 2,000 spectators and more than 450 performers. It was built between 1862 and 1875. The main facade of the theatre is covered with a large number of decorations, all typical of the Napoleon III period. A wide stone stairway runs upwards to the bottom row of the two rows of columns, where the front half-wall is divided into sections. The columns form a tall arched cavity flanked by thick columns, behind which are numerous groups of sculptural figures. Inside the theatre and on the front wall are carved beams and monumental steps filled with marble ornaments; the vaulted ceiling is decorated with paintings by Isidore Pierce, while the ceiling of the hall is covered with a canopy book painted by Chagall in 1966.

11. Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau is a famous historical monument and tourist attraction in France, and is a commune in the Seine Marne. It is located on the left bank of the Seine, about 60 km from Paris. It has a beautiful landscape and a pleasant climate, and is particularly famous for its gilded palaces and lush forests. “Fontainebleau” means “beautiful spring”, which is named after a small octagonal spring. The water is clear and blue. The artists, led by the famous Italian painter Francesco Primatico, formed the famous Fontainebleau School, which is actually the result of a blend of French and Italian art. The nearby Fontainebleau forest is planted mainly with oak, birch, beech and other tall trees, and when viewed from above, it looks like a large green carpet.

12. New Bridge

The Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in the city of Paris. It was designed by Di Celso and Desiré, and its construction began in 1578 under Henry III, and was not completed until 1606, in the reign of Henry IV. All other bridges in Paris were built with tall bridgeheads at either end, which blocked the view over the river. This bridge, however, is different in that you can enjoy the view of the Seine from it, with two circular arches underneath, as if it were a large balcony spanning the river. Parisians loved this beautiful bridge as a place to meet and hold group events, and it saw the inauguration of the Comédie-Française in the early 17th century, where the famous dramatist Tabarin performed.

13. Chinatown

There are three Chinese neighborhoods in Paris: the 3rd arrondissement, the 13th arrondissement and Cité Belle. The 13th arrondissement is the most representative and has become almost synonymous with the “Chinatown of Paris”. The 3rd arrondissement is full of Chinese specialty shops and snacks, most of them selling leather products. In the two main streets of the City Beautiful, you can find Chinese restaurants, handicrafts, grocery stores, gold shops and gift shops everywhere, making it the second largest Chinatown in Paris. In the 13th arrondissement, starting from the Place d’Italie, along the triangle formed by the Avenue d’Ife and the Avenue de Sauss, this is the main and most famous Chinatown in Paris. Large signs in Chinese can be seen everywhere, and supermarkets, restaurants, department stores, fashion houses, hair and beauty shops run by Chinese people abound here.

14. Holy Chapel

The Chapel of the Holy Chapel was built for King Louis IX “St. Louis ” to house the fragment of the crown of thorns that the king had acquired from Venice in 1239 and which had been brought to Venice from Constantinople even earlier. The Holy Chapel was opened in 1248. The lower nave serves as a tall base for the entire structure, with a triangular wall spire atop the giant large windows above. The soaring sloping roof is punctuated by a narrow and elaborate marble fence, and the opulent building is topped by a long, 75-metre-high spire-like structure decorated with transalpine carvings. The whole building is distinguished by the harmony of its tones, and the various elements of its structure, although inconsistent, become subtle ornaments and laces. The ribbed structure gradually shrinks to become a tower until the rest of the building is almost invisible, leaving only the huge stained glass windows.

15. Bastille Square

On July 14, 1789, the citizens of Paris demanded the release of political prisoners in the Bastille, but the government did not accept the demand, which led to riots. This was the beginning of the French Revolution. Since then, Bastille Square has become a symbol of freedom, known not only in France but also around the world. The “Pillar of July” in the centre of the square commemorates the heroes of the July Revolution of 1830 and the February Revolution of 1848, and the new opera house, inaugurated in 1989 on the site of the former Bastille station, has attracted numerous opera fans.

16. Sacred Heart Institute

No matter whereyou look at the panoramic view of Paris from in the city, your eyes will always naturally rest on the great dome of the white church of the Sacre Coeur. This behemoth, which towers over the summit of the Montmartre hill, was built in 1876 with donations from all over France and completed in 1919. Its architects (the most famous of whom were Abbati and Ma) designed the church in a chic combination of Romanesque and Byzantine styles. The four small domes around it and the large dome in the middle are all built securely on top of a tall poncho with a typical oriental mood.

17. Luxembourg Palace

The Luxembourg Palace is more reminiscent of the “Palazzo Pitti” in Florence than any other building in Paris, both in its rough masonry and in its large columns and rings . In the centre of the front of the Palazzo Luxembourg is a terrace building with two tiers of columns, topped by a four-sided dome. There is a wing on each side. The three buildings are connected by a gallery. After the outbreak of the French Revolution, the palace was taken from the royal family and converted into a state prison, where the first governorship was established on November 4, 1795. Later, Napoleon ordered that it be converted into offices for the Senate. Inside the palace there are still works of art created by Eugène Delacroix and Jorden.

18. Chartres Cathedral

The region of Baux, where Chartres is located, has always been known as the “barn of France”. Amidst the idyllic landscape of wheat fields, there are two dazzling spires, the cathedral of Chartres.Anyone with an interest in Western architecture and religion should visit. Châtel Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, built in the 11th century by the order of Bishop Fellbert, destroyed by fire at the end of the 12th century, and expanded during the reconstruction process, the current model is the sixth generation. The inner nave has a double cloister with 175 statues, and the entrance door is called the “King’s Gate” and has a very finely carved portrait on it. The famous stained glass consists of 176 pieces, covering a total area of 2,700 square meters and featuring more than 5,000 figures, almost all of which date from the 12th and 13th centuries and are known as “Chartres Blue” (using a unique blue material). To the left of the cathedral is an art gallery displaying “Coplin weaving”, and to the rear is the “Rüschberg garden” with a view of the River Ur.

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