Paris monuments, an extraordinary heritage

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Centre Pompidou, tour Saint-Jacques…Paris’s heritage comprises 2,185 historical and contemporary monuments

Sainte Chapelle © Fotolia

Most international visitors associate Paris, like other popular destinations, with its top sights: the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, the Sacré Cœur Basilica. But the reason Paris is the world’s leading tourist destination also has to do with the staggering number of monuments it boasts: 2,185, which means near-infinite options for sightseeing and walks through the city and its history.

This extraordinary and varied range of monuments makes up the charm of Paris and the very core of its identity. Both banks of the Seine and all the city’s districts bear witness to Paris’s incredible heritage, and visitors constantly travel through time in the course of their sightseeing. Past, present and future intermingle more effortlessly in Paris than anywhere else in the world.

It is only a short distance from Ile de la Cité and its venerable attractions, the Conciergerie and Notre Dame Cathedral, to the modern architecture of the Pompidou Centre and the Institut du Monde Arabe. Similarly, the Tour Saint-Jacques is a stone’s throw from the Hôtel de Ville. There is a monument to stop and gaze at on every street, square, courtyard and park, making a stroll through any part of the city a journey of discovery.

La tour Eiffel Adhérent

Monument
5 avenue Anatole France - Champ de Mars, Paris, 75007
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A not-to-be-missed monument and symbol of the capital, the Eiffel Tower stands 324 m tall, and weighs 10,100 tons. Created in 2......

Musée du Louvre Adhérent

Museum
Musée du Louvre, Paris, 75001
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Every trip to the capital deserves a visit to the Louvre to discover the wealth of treasures it contains. The museum houses......

Conciergerie Adhérent

Monument
2 boulevard du Palais, Paris, 75001
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This great vestige of the Capetian Palace is a remarkable testimony of the civil architecture of the 14th century with the Salle......

Centre Pompidou Adhérent

Museum
Place Georges Pompidou, Paris, 75004
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The Centre Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, is a 20th-century architectural marvel, immediately recognizable......

Sainte-Chapelle Adhérent

Monument
8 boulevard du Palais, Paris, 75001
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Situated on the Ile de la Cité, a short walk from Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle chapel is a jewel of Gothic art. It......

Musée d'Orsay Adhérent

Museum
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, 75007
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Internationally renowned for its rich collection of Impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay also displays all Western artistic......

Fondation Louis Vuitton Adhérent

Museum
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris, 75016
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The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, a stone's throw from the Jardin d’Acclimatation, opened its doors......

Panthéon Adhérent

Monument
Place du Panthéon, Paris, 75005
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The Panthéon’s iconic silhouette and dome is perched at the top of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the historic hill of the Latin......

Arc de Triomphe Adhérent

Monument
Place Charles-de-Gaulle, Paris, 75008
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Situated at the Place de l’Etoile, overlooking the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is the biggest arch in the world. It was......

Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Adhérent

Museum
37 quai Branly, Paris, 75007
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Opened in June 2006, the Musée d'Arts et de Civilisations brings together the collections of the Musée National des Arts......

Institut du Monde Arabe Adhérent

Museum
1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris, 75005

In February 2012, the Institut du Monde Arabe unveiled its new museum after three years of work. In a building situated on the......

Hotel de Béthune-Sully Adhérent

Monument
62 rue Saint-Antoine, Paris, 75004

Between its courtyard and its garden, the Hôtel de Béthune-Sully is one of the most beautiful private mansions in Paris. At the......

Grand Palais Adhérent

Museum
Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, 75008

The Grand Palais is one of the most iconic Parisian monuments. Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it is recognizable by......

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

Place of worship
35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris, 75018

The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. At the top of the Butte Montmarte, it has one......

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Street, area of interest
De l'Arc de Triomphe à la place de la Concorde, Paris, 75008

Frequently described as ‘the world’s most beautiful avenue’, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a Paris must-see. Tourists and......

Tour Saint-Jacques

Monument
Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris, 75001

The Tour Saint-Jacques stands alone in the middle of a little garden of the same name. A tower in the flamboyant Gothic style,......

Île de la Cité

Street, area of interest
Île de la Cité, Paris, 75004

Ile de la Cité, once known as Lutetia, is the oldest settlement in Paris, and boasts more than its fair share of Paris sights:......

Gare du Nord

Train stations and left-luggage
18 rue de Dunkerque, Paris, 75010

The Gare du Nord is the largest station in Paris. It opened in 1846 and the building itself was designed by the architect Jacques......

Gare de l'Est

Train stations and left-luggage
Place du 11 novembre 1918, Paris, 75010

The Gare de l'Est opened in 1849 offers today numerous shops and services as well as a branch office of the Paris Convention and......

Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione

Concert hall
110 rue Amelot, Paris, 75011

Built in 1852, the Cirque d'Hiver is one of the oldest constructed circuses in Europe. Every winter, the Bouglione family present......

Hôtel de Ville de Paris

Monument
Mairie de Paris - Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 75004

The Hôtel de Ville de Paris has been the seat of the Paris City Council since 1357. The current building, with a neo-renaissance......

Centre spirituel et culturel orthodoxe russe à Paris

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
2 avenue Rapp - 1-5 quai Branly - 192 rue de l'Université, Paris, 75007

On the left bank of the River Seine, not far from the Eiffel Tower, this fine architectural complex is an eye-catching landmark.......

Place de la Concorde

Place (square)
Place de la Concorde, Paris, 75008

Place de la Concorde is situated at the end of the Champs-Elysées. Today it is famous for the Luxor Obelisk (a 3,300 year old......

Musée Rodin Paris

Museum
79 rue de Varenne, Paris, 75007

Hidden behind the understated facade lies this jewel of a private mansion, dating from the 18th century, and housing the......

Musée de Cluny - Le monde médiéval

Museum
6 place Paul Painlevé, Paris, 75005

The visit begins on the Boulevard Saint-Michel, where even before entering the museum, you can admire the vestiges of Gallo-Roman......

Tour Jean-sans-Peur

Monument
20 rue Etienne Marcel, Paris, 75002

This illustrious building, classed an Historical Monument since 1884, but never opened to the public, finally unveils its......

Arènes de Lutèce et square Capitan

Monument
49 rue Monge, Paris, 75005

The Arènes de Lutèce (Paris's former name) are listed monuments that you can visit for free on any day. These arenas, situated in......

Palais de Tokyo

Museum
13 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, 75116

The Palais de Tokyo occupies a monumental building which was built in 1937 for the Paris International Exhibition dedicated to......

Passage Brady

Park, garden, promenade
46 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, Paris, 75010

India in Paris! Passage Brady, built in 1828, is one of the rare Parisian arcades composed of two parts which are separated by......