Top 5 Iconic Landmarks in Paris Sure To Amaze any Tourist
Often referred to as “the City of Lights”, Paris is a picture perfect city with classic Gothic architecture style monuments and buildings, haute couture fashion, chic boutiques, Al Fresco dining, exquisite cuisines, and a collection of some of world’s most precious masterpieces of vintage iconic art.
Originally built as a structure to be displayed at the World Exposition, 1889, this magnificent skyscraper was almost torn down in the year 1909. Later, upon realizing the importance of its structure, the city officials saved the tower from demolition and since then the gigantic Eiffel Tower has served several purposes in development of France. Standing at a height of more than 1,000 feet, “the Iron Lady” attracts more number of tourists than any other paid tourist attraction in the world.
The Musée du Louvre/ The Louvre Museum:
Initially built as a fortress and later renovated into a royal palace, the Louvre Museum is the largest as well as the most visited museum in the world. With a gallery space of 650, 000 square feet, this warehouse of vintage art and culture houses around 70,000 pieces of rare and distinctive masterpieces. Some of the wildly famous and globally recognized work of art displayed at The Musée du Louvre include: The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci; Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave”; the famous Greek Statue, “Venus of Milo”; the law code of Hammurabi; Lamassus, Mesopotamia; Great Sphinx of Tanis; etc.
Notre Dame de Paris:
Located at the heart of the city, the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the largest religious buildings in the world and attracts more tourists than even Eiffel Tower. The height of this historic cathedral is about 400 feet and is appreciated by several generations of architecture buffs because of its unique French Gothic Architecture. Along with astonishing interiors, the Notre Dame Cathedral also has several bells, largest of them being located in the South Tower and weighs around 13 tons. One of the most venerated and cherished artifact stored in the cathedral is the historic “Crown of Thorns”.
Arc de Triomphe:
Well known as a war memorabilia, the Arc de Triomphe is synonymous to Napoleon Bonaparte and its walls depict the tales of Napoleon’s triumph battles in the form of carvings. The walls of Arc de Triomphe are filled with illustrations with scenes from fierce battles and with the names of many brave soldiers and martyrs. The popular “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the first world war” is located beneath the arc.
Named after the former French President George Pompidou, this modern marvel is the most prominent hub for modern and contemporary art in Europe. Within its high-tech architecture, Centre Pompidou houses a massive public library, the largest meuseum for modern art in Europe: “the Musée National d’Art Moderne”, a bookshop, a movie theatre, and a terrace with a panoramic view. With the entire building dedicated to appreciation of modern art, the first, second and third floors of the building are designated as the public library, the fourth and fifth floors in Centre Pompidou serve as the museum where the colossal collection of art is displayed, and the ground and the top floors are used for large exhibitions.
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