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The 5 must-see monuments in Paris

Posted on May 6, 2014 by Hailey in

Over 27 million tourists visit Paris every year. The French capital is the most visited city in Europe, ahead of Venice and London. There is so much to do that it is not always easy to decide where to go. To help you, here is a selection of five monuments you must see during your first trip to Paris.

The Eiffel Tower

This is the city’s main tourist attraction. This 324-metre high steel tower is located in the 7th district. Built by Gustave Eiffel (from 1887 to 1889) for the World’s Fair of 1889, it still attracts millions of visitors today. Three floors are open to the public. They are accessible by stairs (for the fittest) and lifts. From the highest floor (310 metres), you can admire the whole city. Check out our tours to the Eiffel Tower.

The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is located in the 8th district of Paris, on the Place de l’Étoile, at the western end of the famous Avenue des Champs Elysées. 50 metres high, this monument is also accessible to the public. It was built from 1806 to 1836 on Napoleon’s orders. Buy Arc de Triomphe tickets.


Every year, more than 10 million tourists visit this famous cathedral, in the 4th district of Paris, on the eastern part of the Ile de la Cité. This is one of the largest and most impressive cathedrals in Europe. It is well known for its very large rose windows (13 metres in diameter). Book “Notre Dame de Paris” guided tour.

The Louvre

Historically, the Louvre is a former royal palace. It is now known for housing the Louvre museum (one of the largest art museums in the world). It is located in the heart of Paris, in the 1st
district. Every year, more than 8 million people visit the Louvre. Its gardens are also very popular.

Les Invalides

Located in the 7th district of Paris, south of the Seine, the Hôtel des Invalides is an imposing monument (107 metres high) and very famous. As its name suggests, it provided care for wounded soldiers but also contains several museums and a famous military cemetery. Every year about 4 million people visit the majestic courtyard of Les Invalides.

Whatever the length of your stay in Paris, these are must-see monuments. Public transport will get you quickly and easily to these places that are popular with tourists from around the world. So you will have unforgettable memories of your first trip to Paris!

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