Elysian Fields : Everybody knows that which is called "the most beautiful avenue in the world"? The Champs Elysees is located in the 8th district and connecting the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle. 700 meters long, the Avenue offers a long perspective combining the Arc de Triomphe, the Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Louvre Carrousel. Whereas it was formerly uninhabited swamps that, the Champs-Elysees is born during the reign of Louis XIV with sketches of the Palace of Versailles landscaper, Andre Le Notre.The reputation of not being famous places during the seventeenth century, it is only during the French Revolution as the Champs-Elysées are experiencing a popularity among the general public. The work of the architect Jacques Hittorf in the nineteenth century, also in charge of redeveloping the Place de la Concorde offer more consistent with an urban avenue. It is finally under the Second Empire Avenue that becomes the Mecca of Parisian life with the construction of luxurious residences and mansions.
Arc de Triomphe : Panoramic view, museum linked with the history of the monument. 2 viewpoint at the top. Architects : Chalgrin, Joust, Blouet. Sculptors : Cortot, Rude, Etex, Pradier, Lemaire. November 11, 1920, the body of the Unknown Soldier representing 1.5 million deaths of the "great war" had descended into the vault beneath the Arc and the Holy Flagstone was sealed on him. Two years later, it lit a flame on the tomb so that no one should forget him. Since then, even during the occupation from 1940 to 1945, "The Flame of Remembrance", which was never extinguished, and is rekindled every evening at 18:30. 802 associations of veterans take turns on a schedule established by the Committee of "Flame" which is responsible for maintenance of the slab and the organization of ceremonies.
Eiffel Tower : This great lady, inaugurated by Gustave Eiffel at the Exposition Universelle, Paris dominates the top of its 324 meters high. And for over 120 years, it overlooks its metal through the banks of the Seine and the Champ de Mars. At night, it sparkles with all its lights to mark the passing hours, an unforgettable experience for lovers of Paris. This masterpiece of mechanical art has inspired many artists, poets, painters, writers, filmmakers. This is the most visited paid monument in the world. Note, in addition to the rise of classical three floors, it is possible to attend exhibitions or to visit the private apartments that the engineer Eiffel had built there.
Notre Dame de Paris : Listed as World Heritage, it is one of the most remarkable masterpieces of Gothic architecture. It has many windows and rosettes, two, each measuring 13 meters in diameter, are among the largest in Europe. Its construction in the Middle Ages, spread over nearly two centuries, the thirteenth to the fourteenth century and has been in the 19th century after the French Revolution, a restoration led by the architect Viollet-Le- Duke. Gargoyles, spire, towers, bells, inspired one of the most famous novels of Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris. Located in the historic center of Paris at the end of the "Ile de la Cité", is symbolically the heart of Paris and all French road distances are measured from its square. Known throughout the world for five centuries, it hosts some days up to 50 000 visitors. A program of sacred music held there throughout the year ..
Louvre : The Louvre is one of today's most important museums of the world, and most visited. It is also the largest museum in Paris, having 210 000 m2. This former royal palace, residence of the Kings of France has a long history from the Capetian kings in the twelfth century to today. During the French Revolution in 1793, it is transformed into a national museum. In 1988, President Francois Mitterrand decided to make the Louvre the largest museum in the world, the work is entrusted to the architect IM Pei. It built the high glass pyramid over 20 meters to the current entry to the museum. Universalist museum, it has 35,000 works, composed of eight departments : Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Graphic Arts. Among the most famous pieces and treasures on display, we can admire the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix, The Venus de Milo, or the Code of Hammurabi ..
Place de la Concorde : Largest square in the capital with its 84 000 m2, the Place de la Concorde was built in honor of Louis XV between 1755 and 1775 by Jacques Ange Gabriel central place in the revolution, it has eight statues oriented along the eight French cities they represent and the Luxor Obelisk in pink granite, 3,300 year old gift of the Viceroy of Egypt done to France in 1830. The beautiful Fountain of the Rivers and Seas Fountain, located on either side of the obelisk, celebrate after the inland and maritime navigation. Lighting up the dark, the prestigious place becomes a symbol of the City of Light.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart : The Basilica of the Sacred Heart dominates Paris with its white dome. Located at the top of Montmartre, one of the highest hills of Paris, it offers one of the best views of Paris. This church in a Greek cross, and his crypt is Romanesque-Byzantine style. It was built between 1875 and 1923 by architect Paul Abadie, after the Paris Commune. It measures with its dome 80 meters high. The ceiling is decorated with the largest mosaic of France measuring approximately 480 m2. And it also has the largest bell weighing 19 tons from France, drag from Annecy (Haute Savoie) to the Sacred Heart. On the hill below the basilica, located Place du Tertre and its painters, the Abbesses district where many small winding steep streets, and at the foot of the hill, the famous Moulin Rouge.
Opera National de Paris - Palais Garnier : Located in Opera Square, built between 1861 and 1875 by architect Charles Garnier, the Opera has a richly decorated facade, a grand staircase, and an Italian room of 1900 places a ceiling painted by Marc Chagall, lit a huge crystal chandelier. This building is a perfect example of nineteenth century architecture, hides its iron frame under extensive decorations. It has been 1881 to date several restorations and modernization programs that have made it more functional. Maria Callas and Rudolf Nureyev are among the many artists who wrote the history of ballet and opera in general. Until the opening of the Opera Bastille, the Opéra Garnier is devoted to ballet only. Since then he returns to his roots in being both an academy of music, dance and opera. It is possible, in addition to attending the shows, to delve into the marble, gold and red velvet of the building by visiting the exhibitions or the main hall open from 11am to 16.30. For children, their animations are specially proposed.
Department Stores : Under their magical glass Art Nouveau, department stores have become monuments as essential as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. Considered the first shopping center in Europe with 120 million visitors annually, the Boulevard Haussmann alone is a city within the city. But that's not counting department stores of the Rue de Rivoli, the Left Bank or the Magdalen. Between them, they are a hot concentrated in Paris, where all your shopping desires can be fulfilled. Fashion, beauty, decoration, leisure pleasures of the table is an overview of all the creations that await you.
Orsay Museum : National Museum located on the left bank of the Seine, housed in the former Orsay railway station built in 1898 by Victor Laloux for the World Fair, and then reconfigured and opened in 1986. Its collections are the Western painting and sculpture from 1848 to 1942, and the decorative arts, photography and architecture. The Orsay museum preserves and exhibits the largest collection of Impressionists and post-impressionists in the world as well as remarkable symbolist paintings, realistic and academic. Over 5,000 paintings and drawings in this collection including masterpieces such as The Lunch on the Grass and Olympia by Édouard Manet, The Dancer Aged Fourteen by Degas, The Origin of the World, A Burial at Ornans, The Artist's Studio by Gustave Courbet or five paintings of the Rouen Cathedral series of Claude Monet or The Ball Moulin de la Galette by Renoir. Temporary exhibitions are regularly the work of an artist, a current, a merchant, a question of art history. The auditorium hosts diverse events, concerts, films, lectures and symposia, and performances for young audiences.
Quai Branly Museum : Dedicated to the arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas non-Western, it is located Quai Branly overlooking the Seine, near the Eiffel Tower. Designed by architect Jean Nouvel and opened in 2006 by President Jacques Chirac, he has five buildings with a total area of 40,600 m2. The main building which houses the exhibition has an innovative structure shaped metal bridge and reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower nearby. The main facade of a building, overlooking the Seine on the Quai Branly, is a green wall of nearly 800 square meters, designed by Patrick Blanc. All overlooking a garden of 18,000 square meters designed by landscape architect Gilles Clément. It consists of trails, small hills, paths and pools, conducive to meditation and daydreaming. The museum displays about 3,500 items in a collection which has 300 000. Regular renewal of the objects presented adds value to the latest acquisitions, the recent donations, while giving to see the richness of the collections. This renewal also helps preserve the works of very fragile patients, especially light.
Grevin Museum : To become famous by posing with the biggest French and international stars in one place in Paris : Grevin ! You start your visit by entering the Hall of Mirrors, giant kaleidoscope. This unique show, created in 1900, was restored to offer an exceptional moment in stunning scenery of Hindu temple and tropical forests. And leaving, you're not at your surprise because more than 300 wax figures, past and present, await you for an unforgettable encounter : Jean Reno, Monica Bellucci, Jean-Paul Gaultier , Celine Dion ... and much more !
Concierge : This important vestige of the Capetian Palace is a remarkable example of civil architecture of the fourteenth century with the audience Gens d'Armes, the guard room and kitchen. Almost all the low level of the palace was turned into a prison in the fifteenth century, one can visit the dungeons (that of Marie Antoinette in particular) and discover the memories of the Revolution.
Grand Palace : This great vessel of glass, metal and stone is located near the Champs-Elysées. The building was built for the Expo and had a thousand lives. It was the mirror of the 20th century thanks to the technical or artistic salons what was presented. In the early 21st century, after extensive renovations, it perpetuates and expands its role. Its monumental skylight and its 77 000 m2 hosts contemporary expressions of artistic creativity, cultural, scientific or technical, at prestigious exhibitions as the Monumenta, fashion shows such as Chanel, trade fairs such as FIAC, the sporting events like the jump of Hermes or the World Fencing Championships, or electronic music concerts.
Luxembourg Gardens : Located on the edge of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens, was established at the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. It surrounds the Luxembourg Palace, where the Senate seat. Her lawns have been redeveloped by André Le Nôtre. The garden has a part in the French and the English party. Between the two lies a forest geometric staggered. There is also an orchard with old varieties of apples and forgotten, an apiary to learn about beekeeping, and greenhouses with a collection of orchids. The statues are among 106 including a bronze reduction of the Statue of Liberty and a monument Cry, the installed Written in 2007 commemorating the abolition of slavery. The garden also has 3 fountains whose great central fountain. It hosts sports activities including championship of France of the tennis court. It plays chess, bridge and boat remote. And also a program of concerts in the kiosk, photo exhibitions are installed on the railings outside.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery : The Pere Lachaise Cemetery is the most famous and largest cemetery in the capital. Located in the 20th arrondissement, it now covers an area of 44 hectares .... Originally, the area was purchased by the Jesuits in the seventeenth century to make it a place of convalescence. He was particularly occupied by François d'Aix de La Chaise, said "The Father La Chaise", confessor of Louis XIV. The brother of Father La Chaise was subsequently enlarge the area, before having to sell it to pay a debt. First abandoned, the gardens were later purchased by the Prefect of the Seine in the eighteenth century. In the nineteenth century, led by the Consul Napoleon Bonaparte, several new cemeteries were created to address the shortage of intramural burials : the cemeteries of Montmartre and Montparnasse were built along the outside of the city. In 1803, the Prefect of Paris who asked the architect Brongniart to transform the area that became the cemetery east of town. The cemetery was officially opened on 21 May 1804 with the first burial. At the heart of the site, the famous Wall of Federated, marked by 147 fighters of the Commune in 1871 had shot up against the wall, represents the symbol of the struggle for ideas and for freedom. Over the green roads, you come across the graves of famous men and women sitting in the cemetery. Here are some names: Honore de Balzac, Apollinaire, Frederic Chopin, Colette, Jean-Francois Champollion, Jean de La Fontaine, Molière, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jim Morrison, Alfred de Musset, Edith Piaf, Camille Pissarro, Oscar Wilde .
Arc de Triomphe : Panoramic view, museum linked with the history of the monument. 2 viewpoint at the top. Architects : Chalgrin, Joust, Blouet. Sculptors : Cortot, Rude,Etex, Pradier, Lemaire. November 11, 1920, the body of the Unknown Soldier representing the 1.5 million deaths of the "great war" had descended into the vault beneath the Arc and the Holy Flagstone was sealed on him. Two years later, it lit a flame on the tomb so that no one should forget him. Since then, even during the occupation from 1940 to 1945, "The Flame of Remembrance", which was never extinguished, and is rekindled every evening at 18:30. 802 associations of veterans take turns on a schedule established by the Committee of "Flame" which is responsible for maintenance of the slab and the organization of ceremonies.close x
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