Salire sui 387 gradini fino alla cima di questa meraviglia è assolutamente ricompensato dalla spettacolare vista. La costruzione della prima grande cattedrale gotica è iniziata nel 1163 e venne più o meno completata nel 1212. La ricostruzione dei due grandi transetti nel 1270 marcarono la fine dei lavori. La facciata occidentale è decorata con tre portoni riccamente ornati ed è incoronata da una torre di 69 metri. La cattedrale è sempre zeppa di gente: specialmente domenica quando la maggior parte dell'edificio è chiuso ai turisti.
Il più famoso cimitero di Parigi prende il nome dal consigliere religioso di Luigi XIV, che era precedentemente il proprietario del terreno. Nel 1804, la città decise di convertire il terreno in un cimitero. Qui sono sepolte personalità famose tra cui scrittori come Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde e Honoré de Balzac, e i cantanti Edith Piaf e Jim Morrison (la cui tomba è una delle più visitate). Fra le varie sculture e monumenti si trova il "Mur des Fédérés", che venne deposto in memoria dei 147 ribelli che venero uccisi il 28 Maggio del 1871, durante la Comune di Parigi. L'entrata è gratuita.
Hôtel Biron, which now houses Musée Rodin is where Auguste Rodin spent the last years of his life, from 1908 to 1917. Since then, his superb sculptures and private art collection have been housed here. There are a number of sculptures in the garden, including his best-known piece, the Thinker. Trees provide welcome shade and the benches placed beneath make these peaceful surroundings the perfect spot for meditation and relaxation. Visitors can also buy a museum passport to visit both the Musée Rodin and Musée d'Orsay on the same day for a reduced ticket price.
All visitors to Paris should come to the Carnavalet Museum, which reveals the secrets of the City of Light from prehistoric times to today. Set up in two contiguous townhouses (the Hôtel Carnavalet was built in 1545 and the Hôtel Le Peletier in the 17th Century), you need a whole afternoon to see everything. Retrace the history of Paris through a plethora of sculptures, paintings and pieces of furniture. The rooms are decorated to evoke different periods, follow the evolution of furniture from the reign of Henri IV to the beginnings of the 20th Century.
The Cluny National Museum of the Middle Ages is located near the famous Sorbonne University and is one of the best examples of 15th-century architecture. The museum showcases armor, chests, ivories, mirrors and hangings which were gathered by Alexandre du Sommerard to portray the Medieval ages and the Renaissance. There is a whole room depicting the most amazing pieces of art from the 16th Century, such as Dutch tapestries full of flowers and birds, a woman spinning while a cat plays with the end of the thread and a pretty woman in her bath, overflowing into a duck pond. But the best exhibit is that of 'The Lady with the Unicorn' tapestry, which features six inscrutable scenes of a beautiful woman flanked by a lion and a unicorn.
Pont Neuf is one of the oldest bridges which stretches across the river Seine. Ironically Pont Neuf, translated into English means 'new bridge'. Standing at the western point of the Île de la Cité, (island of the city), the Pont Neuf bridge connects the left and right banks of the city. The bridge was officially inaugurated in 1607, by King Henry IV. The attraction and specialty of Pont Neuf is that, it was one of the first to have pavements. Parisians love to socialize and hang out here, and hence there is no doubt that the bridge is one of the most visited spots in the city.
The first Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais Church was built in the 6th Century in the Marais district in Paris. The construction of its current shape started in 1494 and lasted 150 years. It is consequently the oldest parish of the Seine’s right bank. Even though its style is definitely Gothic, the French classicism has inspired the creation of the facade, which was finished in 1621. This facade has a distinctive feature: it has three different Greek-style columns; moreover, one can also admire the two sundials: one is made with Roman numerals, to the southeast, the other with Arabic numerals, to the southwest. Inside the Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais Church, one can look at the oldest church organ of Paris.
Completed in 1552, Eglise Saint-Merri was built in entirely Gothic style. The origins of the site date back to the 17th Century and the name dates back to a century later when Saint Mérédic was buried. Looted during the Revolution, the church was restored in the 19th Century. Notice the medieval style from the outside and inside as well as in the 16th-century windows. Famous composer of the opera Samson and Dalila and friend of Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns played the organ which itself dates back to the 17th Century. Visit website for more i
The Fontaine du Palmier located in the Place du Châtelet is a large circular pool topped by a column. It is decorated with bands of bronze and four statues at the bottom of the column sculpted by Louis-Simon Boizot, and the lower basin by Gabriel Davioud. Originally built to provide fresh drinking water, this fountain was considered as the largest fountain to be built during Napolean's reign. The fountain has been designated as historic monument since 1952.
Located between the 1st and 4th arrondissements of Paris, Place du Châtelet is one of the most important square of the city. It is home to several important structures and attractions, such as Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre de la Ville, to name a few. The square is highlighted by its centerpiece Fontaine du Palmier which celebrates the achievements of Napoleon Bonaparte. A gorgeous place to visit, Place du Châtelet should figure on every Parisian traveler's itinerary.
Spanned across the River Seine, the Pont Saint-Louis is situated in 4th Arrondissement of Paris. Built in place of a former wooden bridge, the Pont Saint-Louis was opened in 1970. This metal footbridge was designed by architect Creuzot Jabouille. The bridge is used by many cyclists and walkers. Providing scenic views of the beautiful river, the bridge is popular among local artists and painters. It has featured in many films, TV shows and even in the Assassin Creed game in its wooden form.