Oh Paris! The city of lights and the city of love! What a beautiful place to visit! If you want to discover the most famous landmarks in Paris, you are in for a treat here!
Paris is the number one tourist destination in the world. We all dream of going at some point and we all should!
The French Capital is home to some of the most beautiful landmarks in Europe and its history is fascinating! There so many interesting facts about Paris! If you love history, you will be spoiled!
No trip to France would be complete without seeing Paris. Art, architecture, history, culture, food, entertainment… It’s the full package, it truly has it all!
So let’s dive into it and discover the most famous landmarks in Paris, France!
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Most iconic landmarks in Paris
Now is time to get properly started and discover the most famous landmarks in Paris, France.
Who says Paris, says Eiffel Tower. This is Paris’ most iconic landmark!
Created by France’s most famous architect, Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower has a pretty interesting story.
It was originally created for the World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle) of 1889 and was supposed to be taken down shortly after.
However, as time went on, Parisians started to become very fond of it and it ended up staying.
Since then, it became one of the most iconic french landmarks!
HOW TO VISIT: You can walk to the Eiffel Tower from Bir-Hakeim metro station.
Once there you can buy a ticket to go up to the top. You can either climb up the 1710 steps or take the lift. Tickets are available on-site and on the official website.
That having been said, this is one of the busiest places in Paris which means that the line can be insanely long.
To save time and avoid any disappointment, it’s recommended to opt for a guided tour or a skip the line ticket. The stairs ticket is slightly cheaper than the lift.
No matther what, you will only get access to the second floor though as the third one is a Michelin star restaurant.
That said, you can book a table at the restaurant Le Jules Vernes.
The starting price in this gastronomic restaurant is no less than 135 euros and tables need to be booked months in advance.
You can also walk along the Champs de Mars and enjoy the views of tower from the ground.
A lot of people go there for a picnic, you can sit on the grass and enjoy your meal looking up at the Eiffel Tower. It can get quite crowded but is a nice place in the morning.
If you want to take a nice photo though, the best place to go is just behind the Trocadero metro station. It’s way less crowded and you get a way prettier view with the Trocadero Gardens and the Eiffel Tower just behind.
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris is France’s favourite landmark.
The cathedral is 800 years old. It was built between 1163 and 1345.
Through the centuries, it became a subject of fascination for many artists and authors.
The most famous piece featuring Notre Dame are les Misérables from Victor Hugo.
This masterpiece of french literature is also London’s longest-running musical!
If you are a Disney fan, you will also have seen this landmark in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
HOW TO VISIT: Unfortunately, Notre Dame burnt in 2019 which means you can’t visit the inside anymore.
The restoration will go on for years so it will be a while before we all get to visit it again.
That having been said, you can still enjoy the views from the outside. Just make your way to the Cité isle and you will be able to see it (Metro station Cité).
Another way you can get amazing views of the cathedral is by opting for a cruise on the river Seine. See prices here.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is also an iconic french landmark.
If you love history, you will be in for a treat as it is a beautiful representation of France’s history.
It was originally wanted by Napoleon and was inaugurated by King Louis Phillipe in 1836.
After WWI, the unknown soldier was buried at the bottom of the arch and the flame of remembrance is lit up every day at 6:30pm.
It’s located at the end of the Champs Elysees on the Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly known as Place de l’étoile.
Fun fact about this roundabout. It’s known to be one of the world’s most difficult places to drive through.
As a matter of fact, Parisians say that you only become a real parisian if you can drive around the Etoile roundabout without getting into a car accident.
HOW TO VISIT: You can admire the Arc de Triomphe from the Place de l’Etoile or the Champs Elysées.
If you wish to visit, you can go up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The ticket costs 13 euros and can be booked online.
It is a rather busy place and it’s worth considering buying a skip-the-line ticket. Click here to see the prices.
The Champs Elysées need no introduction. They are one of the most famous commercial streets in the world and the widest avenue in Europe!
It’s particularly famous to be the final line of the Tour de France and be home to some of the most famous designer shops in the world.
If you like designer clothes and luxury shops, the Champs Elysées will be your paradise.
Dior, Channel, Yves Saint Laurent… they are all there!
You will also find some of the best restaurants in the country.
That said, the Champs Elysees are also known to be home to a lot of rip off cafes and restaurants which is why locals tend to avoid this part of the city.
If you are on a budget or want to experience the real French culture, the Champs Elysées are not the right place for you.
Everything is extremely expensive and not always good quality.
Here is another fun fact about the Champs Elysees (that will give you an idea of how expensive it is). It’s the most expensive street on the french monopoly. Basically the equivalent of Mayfair in the English version.
Finally, it’s also where you will find most celebrations and parades, including on Bastille Day.
HOW TO VISIT: The Champs Elysées are a street which means it’s free to visit.
You can easily walk there from Trocadéro or take the metro. There are several stations near the avenue but George V is the most convenient.
Alternatively, you can opt for a bike tour of Paris (prices here) or a segway tour (prices here) which includes the Champs Elysées as well as other famous Parisian landmarks.
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a stunning landmark located at the top of Montmartre hill, the highest point in Paris.
It sits at a height of 130m. The basilica itself is 91 m tall. This means you will get a beautiful view of Paris from there!
The basilica was designed by the French architect Paul Abadie who also worked on the restoration of Notre-Dame and other famous churches in France.
The construction ended in 1914 but the consecration only happened after WWI, for obvious reasons.
There are 5 bells inside the basilica, including one who is amongst the largest in Europe.
HOW TO VISIT: To get to the Sacre Coeur, you can take the metro to Pigalle and start going up the hill. The directions are indicated but if ever you have a doubt, follow the souvenir shops, they lead straight to the basilica.
To appreciate the true beauty of the place, you need to go up the stairs.
Please note there is also a funicular and disabled access.
The entrance to the basilica is free!
It’s open every day from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
To make the best of your time, it’s highly recommended to go on a walking tour of Montmartre. It’s one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Paris and well worth exploring! See prices here.
PRO TIP: Please be careful and aware of pickpockets. Nothing you should be particularly scared of but just keep an eye on your purse.
There are also a lot of people trying to send you bracelets and souvenirs. They can be quite insistent but don’t hesitate to say no.
Le Louvre Museum & Pyramid
Located in the 1st arrondissement, Le Louvre is the world’s largest art museum. It’s mainly known for being home to the Mona Lisa painting but there is a lot more to know about it!
The Louvre Palace was originally part of the Louvre Castle which was built in the 12th century by King Phillip II.
It was used as a fortress (defence purposes) until 1546 when King Francis I made it the royal residence.
This lasted until 1682 when Louis XIV decided to make Versailles his residence.
Because of this royal heritage, Le Louvre has always been one of the most beautiful buildings in France (and the whole of Europe). As a visitor, you will discover way more than paintings and sculptures. Everything about the Louvre is full of history and fascinating facts.
HOW TO VISIT: With over 35,000 works on display, needless to say, that you could spend a lot of time in the museum.
Ideally, you will need to reserve a whole day to visit the Louvre. There are many things to see and even a day won’t be anywhere near enough however, it will allow you to see the main parts.
Make sure to have at least 4 hours to spend in the museum otherwise it won’t be worth your time, money and effort. If you don’t have that much time, you can still visit the main courtyard and take photos with the Pyramid. Also, this part is free!
As you may imagine, the Louvre is a very busy place and it’s better to get there early as you may have to wait for a long time to get your ticket.
To make the best of the experience, you should consider going on a guided tour which also includes a skip the line ticket. Click here to see the latest prices.
You can also opt for a guided tour at night. See prices here.
Finally, if you are planning on visiting several museums in Paris, you should consider taking the Museum pass. See prices here.
Located just outside of Paris, in Marne La Vallée, Disneyland Paris is one of the most iconic landmarks near Paris.
It’s an amusement park located 32 kilometres east of the city and the only Disney Park in Europe!
It was inaugurated in 1992 and has since attracted hundreds of million visitors.
This makes it Europe’s number 1 theme park!
Disneyland Paris is made of two parks: Disneyland (which is the equivalent of Magic Kingdom in Florida) and Walt Disney Studios.
Disneyland Park was the first to open and it’s famous for the Cinderella Castle and all the Princess shows. You will also find some amazing rides such as Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean.
Walt Disney Studios is a bit more geared towards adults since that’s where you will find the Marvel universe and more recent movies.
You will also find rides that are a bit more thrilling including the Tower of Terror.
Disneyland Paris has grown to become an iconic Parisian landmark and whether you are travelling as a couple, with friends or with children, you can be sure to have a great time here.
HOW TO GET THERE: There is a TGV (high-speed train) train station right at the entrance of Disneyland Paris which means you can easily get there by train.
The Eurostar (from London or Brussels) even stops here!
HOW TO VISIT: You will need to book your tickets in advance. You will be able to choose how many days you want your pass for and how many parks you want to be included. Click here to see the prices.
PRO TIP: If possible, when you book your ticket, take 1 park per day. You can walk from one to another so it’s not technically impossible to do both in a day but it will be very hard and you will have to rush so much it will spoil the experience.
Montparnasse Tower is one of the most famous buildings in Paris. It was built at the end of the 60s, beginning of the 70s, and was the tallest skyscraper in France until 2011.
It is 210 metres high and has 60 floors. They are mainly offices but as a visitor, you can access the observation tower at the top.
In all honesty, the Montparnasse Tower is not the most loved landmark in Paris. Parisians always found it pretty ugly and never really thought it fitted in.
However, everyone would agree that it boasts some of the best views of the city and it’s actually a great thing to do!
A lot of locals would go as far as saying that you should skip the Eiffel Tower and get the views from the Tour Montparnasse.
While this is a pretty good piece of advice, it’s also great to go to the Eiffel Tower. It’s iconic and that’s why we all want to visit Paris, right? But it’s true that the Montparnasse Tower is a better place in terms of views and you will get to see all the famous landmarks in Paris (including the Eiffel Tower!).
If you manage to get there at the right time for sunset, you will be able to admire the city in all its beauty, with the warm colours of the sun setting.
GOOD TO KNOW: If you want to learn more about the tower, make sure to watch the 2001 movie ‘La Tour Montparnasse Infernale’ (Don’t Die Too Hard!) which is a classic example of French comedy.
HOW TO GET THERE: The Montparnasse Tower is located in the 14th arrondissement. You can easily get there from the Montparnasse Train Station or the Montparnasse-Bienvenüe metro station.
HOW TO VISIT: The Tower is open to the public every day and it’s very easy to visit. You simply need to book your ticket online.
You can do so at the front desk but it will be slightly more expensive.
The Musee d’Orsay is an art museum housed in the beautiful former Beaux-Arts railway station.
It focuses on art pieces from the 19th century.
It’s way smaller than the Louvre but yet just as good.
This would also be a great alternative if you don’t have time to visit the Louvre but still want to catch a glimpse of a beautiful french museum and discover an amazing impressionist collection.
HOW TO VISIT: Unlike for the Louvre, 2 hours is a good amount of time to explore the Quay d’Orsay. Ideally, you will need a bit more time but even with a couple of hours you should be able to see a lot!
To visit, make sure to book your ticket online or opt for a guided tour with skip-the-line. Click here to see the prices.
Pont Alexandre III
The Pont Alexandre III is one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris.
The construction started in 1896 and was finished by 1900 for the World’s Fair. It was named as such in honour to the Russian tsar Alexander III.
Fun fact: the first stone for the bridge was laid by Tsar Nicholas II (Alexander III’s son).
The bridge spans over the river Seine and connects two famous areas of Paris: the Champs Elysées to the Invalides.
Although you will find a lot of bridges in Paris, this is definitely the prettiest one. It’s elegant and features stunning golden statues.
It’s often shown in movies and TV series. If you’ve watched Emily in Paris, you might remember that it’s where they are shooting the perfume commercial.
HOW TO VISIT: You can easily get to the bridge and walk on it. There are footpaths on each side. The views are very nice.
That said, if you want to get a picture of the Pont Alexandre III, you will need to go to one of the next bridges (upstream or downstream) which are the Pont de la Concorde and the Pont des Invalides.
Another option is to go on a cruise on the River Seine. This was already mentioned as you get to see a lot of landmarks on this cruise. See prices here.
Finally, if you want to have a bit of fun, you can opt for a segway tour of Paris which includes a visit to the Pont Alexandre III. See prices here.
Located in the famous Latin Quarter, the Panthéon is known as the temple of the French nation.
It is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and a must-see for all history lovers!
It was initially commissioned by King Louis XV of France and was meant to be a church. However, by the time the construction was finished, the French revolution had already happened.
This meant France was no longer a monarchy and for this reason, it was decided to turn the Panthéon into a mausoleum for the remains of distinguished French citizens.
In other words, it’s a bit like the French version of Westminster Abbey in London.
In French, there is actually a verb which is “panthéoniser” (To Pantheonise) which means honouring a person by burying his or her remains at the Pantheon.
FUN FACT: A lot of people (especially French actually) mistake the Pantheon for the Parthenon. These are very much different. The Parthenon is a famous European landmark as well but it’s a Greek Temple in Athens. It has also nothing to do with the Pantheon in Rome.
The Panthéon was named after the square where it’s situated, the Place du Panthéon.
It’s a great place to visit in Paris if you want to learn more about the French history and also discover beautiful views of the city.
A lot of people don’t know that but by visiting the Pantheon, you’ll get to go on the rooftop. It boasts fantastic views of the city of lights!
HOW TO VISIT: Make sure to buy your ticket in advance online. It’s very easy and you can do so here.
This will give you access to the crypt with all the tombs and the rooftop.
Pont des Arts
The Pont des Arts is undoubtedly one of the most famous bridges in Paris, if not in the world.
It’s a pedestrian bridge that links the Louvre to the Institut de France. The construction started in 1801 after a design of Louis Arretche.
It’s often referred to as the most romantic bridge in the city of Lights because of its padlocks. Over the years, thousands of couples from all around the world left a padlock on this bridge as a symbol of their love.
Unfortunately, most of these locks were removed in 2015 as it was starting to pose a safety hazard. Yep, in effect, the weight was making the bridge sink.
HOW TO VISIT: This is a pedestrian bridge so you can go there anytime you want. It’s particularly beautiful in the evening as you can enjoy the lights.
Please note that the city installed protective glass on the bannisters to prevent people to add more padlocks but you can still find them on a designated part of the structure.
The Moulin Rouge is a true french institution! It’s as Parisian as it can ever get! Nobody should go to Paris without visiting the Moulin Rouge, or at least seeing from the outside.
The Moulin Rouge was founded in 1883 and has grown to become the world’s most famous cabaret.
Here are a couple of fun facts about the Moulin Rouge:
- It’s the birthplace of the French can-can.
- It employs more than 80 full time performers!
HOW TO VISIT: You can easily get to the Moulin Rouge on foot from the metro (station Blanche or Pigalle).
The best way to experience it is to go see a show however, you have to book in advance.
The Moulin Rouge sells out every day and the chances of you getting a last minute ticket are very low.
There are 3 shows per day: 7pm, 9pm and 11pm.
Prices for the show only start at 88 euros and tickets can be booked here.
For the full experience, opt for the dinner shows. Click here to see the latest prices.
Dinner shows will start at 190 euros and can be booked here.
Seeing a performance at the Moulin Rouge is an experience of a lifetime. Everything about it is just perfect.
Sensuality, beauty, hand-made costumes… The Moulin Rouge only tolerates excellence and that’s exactly what you will get!
If the tickets are out of your budget, no need to worry. You can still go and see it from the outside. It’s very pretty especially in the evening with the lights on.
The Opera Garnier, also known as Palais Garnier, was ordered by the emperor Napoleon III.
Although it’s not the largest opera house in France, it’s definitely an architectural wonder.
This beaux-arts style building is very unique and so very French! It was originally called ‘Le nouvel Opéra de Paris’ (meaning New Paris Operahouse) but was then renamed Palais Garnier because of the architectural achievement that it is.
When it comes to opulence, it sets the standard! There is gold everywhere!
It’s also very well known for being the setting of the famous novel The Phantom of the Opera.
HOW TO VISIT: The Opéra Garnier is located in the 9th arrondissement. You can easily get there by metro (station Opéra). It stands in the middle of the Place de l’Opéra, which was also used as a filming location for Emily in Paris.
When it comes to visits, you have several options available.
Firstly, you can check out their calendar and get a ticket for one of the performances (ballet, opera…). You won’t get to go around the building but it is a unique experience to see a show there.
If you are more interested in the building and its treasure, you can visit it as well. Here are the tickets available:
- Entrance ticket and self-guided tour. See prices.
- Guided tour of the Opéra Garnier and skip-the-line ticket. See prices.
- After-hours tour. Prices here.
Located in the 16th arrondissement, the Jardins du Trocadéro is one of the most famous parks in Paris.
It’s situated just across the Eiffel Tower, across the River Seine.
PRO TIP: If you are looking for a good photo spot to take beautiful pictures of the Eiffel Tower, head to the place du Trocadéro, just behind the metro station. The views are beautiful from here!
The Trocadéro gardens are absolutely stunning and they are the perfect Parisian landmark.
Gorgeous fountains, green space, famous statues… you will find a bit of everything here!
HOW TO VISIT: Besides the fact that the gardens are beautiful, what makes the Trocadéro gardens so popular is the fact that they are free to visit!
To get there, take the metro to the Trocadéro station (line 6 or 9).
Once you step out of the station, turn around and you will see some stairs to access the square.
This part is the one with the best view of the Eiffel Tower.
From there, you can take the stairs down along the fountains and then have a stroll in the gardens.
It’s also important to note that the Trocadéro is home to the most famous fountains in Paris: the Warsaw fountains.
If you are more into modern theatre then the Opéra Bastille is the place for you.
Located in the 12th arrondissement, the Opéra Bastille is the largest opera house in France.
It was inaugurated in 1989 as part of President Francois Mitterand’s grand travaux program.
HOW TO VISIT: If you’d like to discover the backstage world of this modern theatre, you can go on a 90mins guided tour. It costs 17 euros and can be booked online.
That said, don’t expect anything like the Opéra Garnier. The opéra Bastille is a great opera house in terms of size and shows but it doesn’t have this typical Beaux-Arts charm that you can find everywhere else in Paris.
Visiting the Opéra Bastille is recommended for theatre enthusiasts but not for everyone.
The catacombs are the most unique attraction in Paris.
They are underground ossuaries, holding the remains of more than 6 million people.
In the 18th century, there were many diseases and health issues in Paris. This led to an increase in the number of deaths and therefore bodies. There were so many that the cemeteries could not hold them anymore.
To solve this issue, it was decided to create a network of underground tunnels to put the bodies. These are known as the Catacombs.
Although they are not used for this purpose anymore, they are still open to the public and you can visit them. Admittedly, this is a bit of an odd place to visit and if you don’t like the idea of seeing skulls and other bones, you should skip it.
HOW TO VISIT: The Catacombs are located in the 14th arrondissement. You can get there with the metro or RER (station Denfert-Rochereau).
The catacombs are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:45 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
There is only a limited amount of tickets available each day and it can get quite busy. For this reason, make sure to book in advance! It’s almost impossible to find last-minute tickets.
Here are the options available:
- Simple entrance
- Skip the line ticket with audio guide. See prices.
- Skip the line ticket with guided tour. See prices
Jardin des Tuileries
The Tuileries Garden is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde.
Not only is it one of Paris iconic landmarks but it’s also one of the most famous gardens in Europe.
It was created by Catherine de Medici who was Queen of France and the mother of King Francis II (Mary Queen of Scots’ first husband), Charles IX and Henry III.
She is known for her role as a regent, being the mother of 3 kings but also for some more cultural achievements such as commissioning the recipe of the maracons, France’s most beloved treat and some landmarks such as the Jardin des Tuileries.
It was originally a private garden but has been a public one since the French Revolution.
Here you will find beautiful trees (particularly pretty in autumn and spring), the grand carré made of three ponds, the grande allée and the esplanade.
In the west corner, you can also find one of Paris most famous museum, the Musée de l’Orangerie. It’s home to an incredible collection of impressionist paintings including the Water Lillies of Claude Monet.
FUN FACT: The Tuileries Garden is often used as a filming location in Paris. If you’ve watched Emily in Paris, that’s where Emily meets Mindy!
HOW TO VISIT: It’s free to visit the Tuileries Garden. They are open from 7:30AM to 7:30PM. No need to book or anything, you can just show up and enjoy a stroll around!
If you want to visit the Orangerie though, you’ll need to book your ticket (in advance if possible).
This is another great site to visit if you are interested in the French history. Les Invalides is a complex of building relating to the French military history.
The words Les Invalides means ‘the disable”.
Here you will find a hospital and retirement home for war veterans, the Musée de l’armée (Army museum) and the absolutely stunning chapel known as the Dôme des Invalides.
Though the entire complex is very important, it’s fair to admit that the Dôme des Invalides is the most famous landmark here.
It is particularly known for its golden dome. It is entirely covered in gold leaves!
It’s an excellent example of baroque architecture in Paris and a beautiful place to visit.
Finally, it’s important to note the reason why the Invalides is so famous in France but also in the rest of the world.
This is where the most famous emperor France ever had is buried.
Yes, that’s right! Napoleon is buried under the Dome of the Invalides.
HOW TO VISIT: You need to buy tickets to the Musée de l’armée (in advance if possible). They cost less than 15 euros and include access to the Dome and the tomb of Napoleon.
If that’s something you are particularly interested in, you can also opt for a guided tour with skip-the-line entrance.
The Centre Pompidou is one of the most recent Paris landmarks
It was built in the 70s as an incongruous element on the Place Beaubourg and has since been one of Europe’s most vibrant cultural centres.
The building is designed with a unique architecture that might appear odd at first but is actually a marvel of architecture. It’s very recognisable so you can’t miss it!
The Centre Pompidou is home to the National Museum of Modern Art, which is the largest of the kind in Europe, as well as a centre for musical research.
Amongst the most famous pieces displayed at the Centre Pompidou, you will find:
- Fontaine by Marcel Duchamp
- Manège de cochons by Robert Delaunay
- Mit dem schwarzen Bogen by Vassily Kandinsky
On average, over 5 million tourists visit the centre each year which makes it one of the most popular museums in Paris.
HOW TO GET THERE: The Centre Pompidou is located in the heart of the 4th arrondissement. You can easily get there from Rambuteau or Châtelet Les Halles metro stations.
HOW TO VISIT: The Centre Pompidou is open every day except on Tuesdays. You can book your ticket online here.
This landmark is not located in Paris exactly however, it’s such an important French landmark and a popular day trip from Paris so it’s worth mentioning it here.
Up until 1862, the royal residence of the Kings of France was the Royal Palace in Paris. After a couple of decades as a King, Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King came to power, he decided to centralise the power in the monarchy and build a new palace.
This was the Versailles Palace. The Royal court was then moved to Versailles, so were many nobles.
Louis XIV wanted to have the most opulent palace in history and that’s exactly what he got.
Bear in mind that Louis XIV is (still to this day) the longest-reigning monarch in Europe. He lived until the ages of 77 at a time where the average life expectancy was 30 years old.
Louis XIV believed he was blessed by god and could build anything, hence the impressive opulence of the palace and its gardens.
lHe reigned over a period of unprecedented prosperity in which France became the dominant power in Europe and a leader in the arts and sciences.
Even after his death, Versailles stayed the official residence of the French kings until Louis XVI and the French Revolution.
The palace of Versailles is one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire world and that’s why it’s rated as a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s so worth a visit!
HOW TO VISIT: Versailles Palace is one of the most visited sites in France.
You can easily go there on a day trip from Paris but make sure you have the entire day ahead of you. Between the palace itself and the gardens, there is a lot to see!
You can easily get there by train. You can take the RER from the main stations in central Paris to Versailles. The trip lasts about 40 minutes.
If you don’t want to plan your journey, you can also opt for a day tour with transfer. Click here to see the prices.
No matter what, it’s important to get your ticket in advance. Get there as early as you can to avoid the crowds as much as possible. Alternatively, you can opt for a skip the line ticket.
You can choose to visit the palace and gardens on your own, with an audio guide or book a guided tour. See prices here.
Please note that there are different tickets, one for the palace only and one for the gardens as well. It’s highly recommended to take the combo with the gardens as they are absolutely stunning and won’t cost you much more. Click here to see the prices.
Located on the island, Île de la Cité, Sainte Chapelle is a stunning Gothic-style royal chapel. You can find it within the Palais de la Cité.
The chapel was commissioned by King Louis IX who wanted a place to store the Holy Crown as well as important relics he had bought from the emperor of Constantinople.
These relics were housed in the Sainte Chapelle up until the French Revolution. They were then given to Trésor of Notre-Dame de Paris in 1804.
They were again moved to the Louvre in 2019 because of the fire in Notre Dame.
While the relics are what made Sainte-Chapelle famous initially, it’s not the only thing it’s known for today.
It is one of the greatest examples of gothic architecture in the world. Here you will find a gorgeous collection of stained glass windows dating from the 13th century.
There are 15 of them and they are all 15 metres tall which is incredibly high and unique!
They depict various stories from the Bible (from both the Old and New Testament) as well as the story of how the Holy relics arrived here.
HOW TO GET THERE: It’s very easy to get there! Hop on the metro to Cité and then just around the corner.
HOW TO VISIT: The Sainte-Chapelle is open every day (except Christmas Day, New Year’s day and Labour day – 1st of May). You will need to book a ticket to enter the chapel. Prices here.
Stade de France
If you’re a fan of sports, then visiting the Stade de France is a must-do!
This is the largest football stadium in France!
The Stade de France was built specifically for the 1998 Football World Cup and hosted several matches during this famous event and since!
At first, it was only famous for being a football stadium but things changed since then. It started hosting a lot of rugby matches including for the 6 nations and the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
It also grew to become a famous music venue in Paris. With a capacity of over 80,000, it’s a great place for large concerts.
The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Madonna have all played here!
The Stade de France was also the target of one of the attacks during the terrorist attacks of November 2015.
HOW TO GET THERE: You will be able to get there with the RER B or the metro line 13.
HOW TO VISIT: There are two ways you can visit the stade de France. The first one is to book a ticket for a match or a show.
The second one is to book a guided tour of the stadium. This is perfect if you want to learn more about the history of the Stade de France and get to see some behind the scenes spots! See prices here.
Map of the famous landmarks in Paris
You can find on the map below the exact location of all the Paris landmarks mentioned in this article.
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