Paris is one of the most attractive city around the world. It is fascinating and the most exciting holiday destination. Paris is located in the northern central part of France in a north-bending arc of the river Seine. It has around 6100 streets and every street in Paris is dotted with trees. Paris has also a deeply interesting historical and artistic culture. The history of Paris is quite old and the culture is still alive. Most of the streets in the center of the city can reveal Parisian past. Paris is full of surprises; you just want to keep your eyes open otherwise you can miss a lot of things.
Here are the lists of the top tourist attractions in Paris.
Notre Dame Cathedral: The Notre-Dame Cathedral situated in the heart of Paris on the small plot of land; an island in the Seine River. This is the perfect and finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and Europe. It is also known as the historical and geographical center of Paris. The Notre-Dame Cathedral was founded in 1163 by King Louis IX (Saint Louis) & Bishop Maurice de Sully and completed in 1345. It took almost 182 years to complete. It has 400 feet of height with two lofty towers and a spire. This cathedral is surrounded by many sculptures and relics. The main bell in the Notre Dame Cathedral weighs is over 13 tonnes, and it is known as Emmanuel. The architecture of the roof of this Cathedral is amazing. It has 387 steps to reach the top and the view from the top is amazing, you can see a panoramic view of the region.
Note: Presently this Cathedral is closed as it was damaged due to fire in April 2019. The structure is under repair and hopefully, we can see again very soon.
Arc of Triumph: The Arc of Triumph is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris. This structure is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the French armies of the Revolution. Napoleon commissioned the building of this mighty structure in 1806 to J.F.Chalgrin who designed this structure but did not live to see its completion in 1836. This structure is a perfect example of ancient Roman architecture. It is the largest monument of its kind in the world. Impressive sculptures adorn its pillars, the height of Arc of Triumph is 164 feet and width is 148 feet. In addition, the names of 558 generals and the great victories are engraved on the top of the arc. Under the Arc of Triumph is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of France who fought First World War. The Flame of Remembrance was ignited on November 11th, 1923 and since that date has not ever been extinguished. Every evening at 6:30 PM, a ritual takes place to rekindle the memorial flame at the tomb.
Sacre-Coeur: It is situated at the city’s highest point on Montmartre hill, located in the north of Paris. The height of the Sacre Coeur is 130 meters. It is best known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacred Heart, at the top. The structure looks like a wedding cake. It was completed in 1919 and honors the French victims of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. The terrace view is beautiful; you can see Paris city from here. The stunning basilica draws many tourists every year to see its marble architecture. A gold mosaics, stained-glass windows and one of the world’s largest clock is also attracts many visitors. Sacre-Coeur was the hub of modern art in the early 20th century; many artists such as Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh worked there.