Landmarks & Monuments
The Capital of Culture
Paris has an abundance of stunning architecture, fascinating museums, and world-class restaurants and shops. You can spend days just exploring the streets, sampling the foods, or merely sitting on the banks of the Seine and watching the world go by. Here are a few suggestions of places you shouldn’t miss.
The Arc de Triomphe
The panoramic views from the top of the Arc de Triomphe are best towards dusk on a sunny day. The marble of the Grande Arche de la Defence sparkles in the setting sun and the iconic glass pyramid of the Louvre is bathed in light. The Arc de Triomphe was built in 1806, at the end of the Austerlitz battle, when Napoleon 1st declared to his men, “You will come back home under triumphal arches”. In the center of the Arc de Triomphe is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a poignant ceremony is conducted every evening at 6.30pm, when war veterans stoke up the flame at the tomb. This moving ritual is within a few minutes walk from the hotel.
La Tour Eiffel
The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle and initially the world’s tallest structure. Located near the Seine it is the 2nd most visited monument in France – and the monument that best symbolizes Paris. Get there early to avoid the queues.
Les Invalides was constructed by Louis XIV, as a home for wounded soldiers. Today it houses the Musée de l'Armée, one of the finest military museums in the world, with its exhaustive collection of weapons from medieval times through to the current day. Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb rests in the fabulously gilded Église du Dome at the back of the complex - his body is protected by a series of no fewer than six coffins, one inside the next.
The Grand Palais, with its beautifully curved glass roof and Belle Epoque ornamentation was built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle. This sumptuous building, admired by millions of visitors, now hosts the most popular arts exhibitions in Paris.
The exquisite Chateau de Versailles on the outskirts of Paris is a must-see. Built in the mid 17th Century by the Sun King Louis XIV, and later home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the décor is opulent and splendid. Painted frescos, marble walls and canopied beds topped with ostrich feathers are just some of treasures inside. The palace’s opulence reaches its peak in the Hall of Mirrors, a 75m-long ballroom with 17 huge mirrors - once home to lavish balls, and more soberly, site of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I. Outside the vast formal gardens are famed for their sculptures, geometrically aligned terraces, flowerbeds, and fountains.
We can arrange private day tours including transportation, driver, English-speaking tour guide and entrance tickets to many destinations.
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