Paris is a capital and most populous city in France. It is known by many names; The City of Lights, The City of Love, and The capital of Fashion. It is located along the Seine River in northern central France. Population of this city was 2.14 million as on January 2019 and you will be surprise to know that in 1921, the population of Paris was 2.9 million. Paris covers an area of 105 square kilometers (41 square miles) which is spread widely on both banks of the river Seine and includes two islands, the Île Saint-Louis and the larger Île de la Cité, which form the oldest part of the city. The land of this city is relatively flat, the lowest point is 35 meters above the sea level and the highest point is 130 meters.
Here are the lists of the top tourist attractions in Paris.
Luxembourg Park: The Luxembourg Park is located on the left bank of the Seine, around the Sorbonne. The gardens were laid out in the 17th century when the Palais du Luxembourg was built where the Senate seats. It was redesigned by André Le Nôtre. The main attraction of the park is the large octagonal fountain-adorned pool, which is flanked by two terraces lined with statues, orderly geometric rows of flowerbeds, and manicured shrubbery. There are 106 statues and a bronze Statue of Liberty also. You will also find an orchard, several varieties of apples, an apiary and a greenhouse with orchid collection.
Musee d’Orsay: Musee d’Orsay is located on the banks of the Seine River. It is a best place of art lovers as it has a collection of impressionist paintings. It is located in a former railway station. This museum is very grand and has splendid collection of Impressionist art work of mid 1800s and the early 1900s. You can see the art work of many famous artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Cezane, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir and Jean-Francois Millet. The museum also has two cafes and an upscale restaurant.
Palais Garnier: Palais Garnier is one of the most famous Opera House in the world. It is an architectural fusion of Baroque, classical and Renaissance styles. It is symbolic of grand Parisian architecture and the opera culture of the country. It was commissioned by Napoleon III in 1860. Architect Charles Garnier worked for more than a decade and completed in 1875. The facade features classical columns and eight sculptures representing allegorical figures; Poetry, Music, Idyll, Recitation, Song, Drama, and Dance. Today, the opulent monument is a symbol of Napoleon’s Imperial regime. The seating capacity of this house is around 2105. Besides opera, this is used for ballet performances, classical music concerts, and gala events. It has a stylish contemporary restaurant also which serves Japanese-French fusion cuisine.
Place de la Concorde: It was created between 1755 and 1775 by the architect of King Louis XV. The Place de la Concorde is the largest and major public square in Paris. It is designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 in octagon shape which is bordered by gardens, hotels, and emblematic statues on each angle. The two fountains also there from the time of Louis-Philippe; Fountain of River Commerce and Navigation, and the Maritime Fountain. The large 3200 years old Egyptian obelisk in the center of the Place de la Concorde was brought from the Temple of Luxor in the 19th century.