The City of Light: 6 places to enjoy Paris

Paris is called the City of Light because it was the first European city that had public lighting. Beyond the anecdote, it is one of the great tourist destinations in Europe. From north to south, this city oozes art, history, fun and style. But any visit will be incomplete if there is no stop is these places that we will see.

1. Eiffel Tower: symbol of the City of Light

Eiffel Tower - ESB Professional

The Eiffel Tower is a fabulous iron structure. It was designed by engineers Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, endowed with its definitive appearance by the architect Stephen Sauvestre and built by the French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel and his collaborators for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris.

It is located in the Field of Mars, on the banks of the River Seine, and has become the symbol of France. The tower is 325 meters high divided into 3 levels. Although it has an elevator, there is also the possibility that visitors climb the 1600 steps.

If instead you prefer the views from the mainland, you can see this imposing monument along the Mars Field, between fountains and gardens. and also from many other points of the City of Light.

2. Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris - aldorado

The Cathedral of Our Lady is located on the small Island of the Cité. Surrounded by the waters of the Seine River, it is one of the most popular monuments of the French capital. It is a magnificent Gothic temple Built between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Highlights include its 69-meter-high towers and the impressive rosette on the facade.

It is the scene of the work Our Lady of paris, from the writer Victor Hugo. The work was adapted to the children's public with the Disney movieThe Hunchback of Notre Dame. By the way, you can almost feel it by your side if you climb the towers and see closely the imposing bells, the roofs of the building and its famous gargoyles.

3. The Champs Elysees

Champs Elysees - Sergey Novikov

The Elysian Fields It is the main avenue of the City of Light. It measures 1,910 meters in length and goes from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. Its name comes from Greek mythology and is equivalent to paradise. Today, here are some of the best confectionery, restaurants and hotels in the capital.

This avenue has witnessed some of the most important events in the history of France. For example, the parade of French and American tanks and tanks after the Nazi liberation, on August 26, 1944.

4. TheGarnier opera

Opera Garnier - abadesign

The Opera Garnier is one of the most characteristic buildings of the IX District of Paris and the urban landscape of the French capital.This empire-style building is the place of pilgrimage of any music and theater lover.

A building built in the second half of the 19th century which is spectacular outside and inside. With 11,000 m², it has a capacity of approximately 2200 spectators and an extensive stage for 450 artists.

5. TheLouvre Museum

Louvre Museum - Todd Lappin / Flickr.com

The Louvre Museum is the national museum of France, devoted to art prior to Impressionism It is one of the most important in the world and exhibits masterpieces such asLa Gioconda, by Leonardo da Vinci, or Freedom guiding the people, of Delacroix.

It has an extensive collection thanks to the historical effort of the French monarchy of collecting. The museum stores more than 300,000 pieces, but only one tenth is exposed.Even so, it is convenient to select before visiting which sections are the most interesting, because it takes many hours to travel.

6. The cemeteries of Paris

Montparnasse Cemetery - Jérôme Blum /commons.wikimedia.org

In the early nineteenth century in Paris the most important cemeteries of the city were built: Père-Lachaise in the east, Passy in the west, Montparnasse in the south and Montmartre in the north. Today they are tourist attractions for their historical tombs and the outstanding characters of all the fields that rest in them.

The Père-Lachaise cemetery is the oldest of the four important and the most illustrious of the cemeteries of Paris. Among the famous people buried here are Molière, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Apollinaire and Honoré de Balzac.

The cemetery of Passy was the cemetery of the aristocracy since its inauguration in 1820. Here are buried figures such as Édouard Manet, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré and Jacques Ibert.

For its part, the cemetery du Montparnasse houses some 35,000 graves, including those of Julio Cortázar, Marguerite Duras, Charles Baudelaire, or Carlos Fuentes. Y in the Montmartre rest the remains of Émile Zola, Ernest Renan, Stendhal, Alejandro Dumas.

«Paris responds to everything the heart desires. You can have fun, get bored, laugh, cry or do whatever you want without attracting attention, since thousands of people do the same ... and each one as you want. »

-Frédéric Chopin-

If you still have doubts about visiting Paris, the City of Light, remember that there are also places in the surrounding area as beautiful as Versailles Waiting for you to visit them.

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