Located in the centre of the city within the Palais de Justice complex on the Île de la Cite, the Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is a small Gothic chapel constructed in the Rayonnant style. Built by King Louis IX from 1238-1244, the chapel housed holy relics from the Passion believed to be Jesus' Crown of Thorns and a piece of the True Cross. These items were purchased from the Byzantine emperor Baldwin II in 1239 for a huge sum of 135,000 Livres (the church cost 40,000 livres to build) due to the King's desire to elevate France as the leader of Western Christianity. The Sainte-Chapelle provides visitors with a spectacular visual experience since the entire upper tier of the chapel is surrounded by enormous stained glass windows.
The Romano-Byzantine Sacre Coeur Basilica overlooks Montmartre, one of Paris's most picturesque districts. Its distinctive travertine stone dome rises up over the rooftops, allowing visitors to the basilica the perfect vantage point from which to survey the city. Within Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, often called Sacré-Cœur, visitors will find several interesting sites, including a mosaic of Christ, an elegant organ constructed by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and a crypt. Commissioned by the Catholic Church, construction began in 1875 under the watchful eye of architect Paul Abadie, and was finally completed in 1914.
The Panthéon is a magnificent building that was built between 1764 and 1790, commissioned by King Louis XV and completed on the heels of the French Revolution. Not only is the building renowned for its Neoclassical architecture, but the Panthéon is also the resting place of famous individuals such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire and Marie Curie. The architecture is inspired by the Roman Pantheon, with the dome closely resembling that of the St. Paul's Cathedral in London. This is a must-visit for all visitors of Paris - not only for its grand history, but also the sheer beauty of the Panthéon.
Take a trip to the beautiful gardens of Tuileries, where the Orangerie Museum is located. The museum stocks a host of famous and fabulous artists such as Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Henri Rousseau. All the artwork in the museum was handed over by Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume, two art fanatics who have ensured that all these works are exhibited together. There is a surprise in the basement: the Oval Room, which houses some of Monet's Water-Lily paintings on permanent display. Another surprise awaiting you is the La Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, which is a twin tower of the Orangerie.
Stretching for two kilometers (one mile) and lined with trees, les Champs-Élysées has become the center for festivities and official parades in Paris. The avenue was originally created in 1667 by André Le Nôtre, Louis XIV's gardener, in order to improve the view from the Jardin des Tuileries and its palace. The avenue was lengthened at the end of the 18th Century to run from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Today, this famous boulevard is a magnet for tourists and for the multitudes who enjoy evenings spent strolling along the broad and picturesque street. The many cinemas, cafés, and restaurants tempt visitors to rest their legs for a few hours, tired from walking by the designer boutiques, banks, and embassies also situated in this chic neighborhood.
Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux takes you a systematic journey through some of the key events from world war one. With a good collection of arms and ammunition used by both sides, this museum showcases some spine-chilling accounts and facts of the war. Among its collection are also a number of tanks, aircraft and other vehicles, along with miniature battlefield reconstructions, uniforms and medals.
Disney and Pixar’s collaborative movie, Toy Story, is the inspiration for the layout of Woody’s Roundup Village in Disneyland. It occupies an expansive area at the Frontierland in the Paris Disneyland. When the park first opened in 1992, the space was called Critter Corral: a farm ranch and a petting zoo. Fifteen years later the area was redesigned, and the animals relocated. Visitors can have conversations with characters like Sheriff Woody or Jessie from the iconic Disney movie.
Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant is the heart of the Disneyland Park in Paris. It is the counterpart to the original Sleeping Beauty Castle in the California Disneyland. The creation of the castle was a massive project. Inspiration was drawn from a Monastery of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, as well as the fanciful illustrations in the Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. The authenticity is apparent in the structure with its towers and turrets, tapestries and colored glass. Peter Chapman, who had formerly worked on the restoration of Notre Dame, was in charge of the installation of the stained-glass windows.
Nestled close to the Castle of Chessy and the fairytalesque Disneyland, Le Bicheret is one of the most idyllic spots one can come across. A glistening pond acts as the centerpiece of the verdant expanse which is riddled with trails and swaying trees. Turning into a winter wonderland during winters, this picturesque park plays host to numerous local and cultural events. Enjoy a music festival or come for a pleasant morning stroll at this lovely park.
Located in the small commune of Lognes is the Église Saint-Martin de Lognes where once Catholics attended pray services and celebrated holy festivals. This structure was established in the year 1903 in Romanesque Revival style of architecture. The church has a steeple-like most of the churches in Europe. At the turn of the Millennium, it underwent restoration where the stained glass showcasing the twelve saints were installed. A few of the historic monuments that are contained in the church is the statue of Saint Martin and a bronze bell.