Paris,10 must-sees

Ten must-see monuments in Paris have gained the French capital worldwide renown.

Arc de Triomphe au soleil couchant © Willian West

2,185 monuments and 206 museums, an extraordinary heritage !

The top things to do on a first-time visit: enjoy a panoramic view of the city from a 324-metre height at the top of the Eiffel Tower, admire Victor Hugo’s beloved gargoyles at Notre Dame Cathedral and stand at the top of the tallest hill in Paris at the Sacré Cœur Basilica. These are the three monuments most popular with visitors to Paris. Not far from Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle with its beautiful stained glass windows is also well worth visiting.

A short distance from the Champs-Elysées, the Grand Palais, a huge stone, steel and glass structure, hosts prestigious exhibitions. Built by Napoleon, the Arc de Triomphe offers a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the city.

In the heart of Paris, the Louvre is a former royal residence which was transformed into a museum after the Revolution and has since become the world’s most visited museum. The Musée d’Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world.

Another must-see is the Palais Garnier with its ornately decorated façade and its ceiling painted by Marc Chagall. Finally, a trip out to the Père Lachaise cemetery offers the opportunity to pay homage at the tombs of many famous people.

La tour Eiffel

Monument
5 avenue Anatole France - Champ de Mars, Paris, 75007
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A symbol of Paris and more generally of France, the Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair. It is one......

Musée du Louvre

Museum
Pyramide 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......

Musée d'Orsay

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......

Sainte-Chapelle

Monument
8 boulevard du Palais, Paris, 75001
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Let yourself be dazzled by the 1,113 stained glass windows in this gem of Rayonnant Gothic architecture. The Sainte-Chapelle is......

Arc de Triomphe

Monument
Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris, 75008
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A unique view of the Champs-Élysées, the world’s most beautiful avenue. The Arc de triomphe was begun in 1806, on the orders of......

Grand Palais

Museum
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris, 75008

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

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris et son trésor

Place of worship
6 parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II, Paris, 75004

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is the most visited monument in France. It was built......

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

Place of worship
Parvis du Sacré-Coeur - 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......

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Park, garden, promenade
Face au 21 boulevard de Ménilmontant, Paris, 75020

The Père Lachaise cemetery takes its name from King Louis XIV's confessor, Father François d'Aix de La Chaise. It is the most......