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The Sewers of Paris

The Sewers of Paris

A somewhat alternative little gem in the world of Paris tourism, the sewer networks offer a fascinating glimpse into a bygone age. Allow yourself to be swept along the tunnels of this self-styled underground city on an hour-long tour,... Read More

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

Undoubtedly the city’s most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centenary of the 1789 Revolution, its 1,050ft structure towers over the city. If you’re feeling energetic take the... Read More

Saint-Sulpice Church

Saint-Sulpice Church

Its construction was controversial and lasted more than 100 years, but all visitors agree on one thing: it was well worth the wait. The second largest church in Paris, completed in the late 18th Century, Saint-Sulpice also boasts one of... Read More

Sacré Coeur

Sacré Coeur

Located in Montmartre, a hill in the north of Paris, the white-domed Sacré Coeur Basilica marks the highest point in the city. It has been a hotbed of creativity since the 1880s – artists still line the cobbled streets surrounding... Read More

Place Vendôme

Place Vendôme

Napoleonic history mingles with a vibrant residential and retail area in this commemorative square at the heart of the city. Its centrepiece, the Vendôme column, was erected by Napoleon himself in honour of his victory at Austerlitz in... Read More

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery

What do Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust and Edith Piaf all have in common? They were all buried in this sleepy cemetery in the east of Paris. Sprawling over 110 acres, the graves of innumerable great writers, singers, activists and poets... Read More

Panthéon

Panthéon

Some of the country’s greatest minds have been laid to rest at the Panthéon, nicknamed the Temple of Reason. Visit the tombs of Voltaire, Hugo, Zola and Dumas before climbing the winding steps to the colonnade encircling the dome,... Read More

Parc Montsouris

Parc Montsouris

Those seeking an atmosphere of calm and tranquillity need look no further than this delightful English-style park in the 14th arrondissement. Daytime visitors will note it is a popular hang-out for students from the nearby Cité... Read More

Palais Garnier Opera House

Palais Garnier Opera House

Often described as a mini-city, the Palais Garnier opera house (also known as Opéra) contains a museum, a gourmet restaurant, a theatre and, most unusually, an underground lake. The setting of Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel The Phantom... Read More

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Located on Île de la Cité, one of two natural islands in the Seine, no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Notre Dame. Climb the Gothic cathedral’s twin towers, marvel at its rose windows, attend a service (from 8am to... Read More

Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

Originally a train station designed in 1900 by Victor Laloux, the Musée d’Orsay is well worth a visit for its impressive structure alone. Factor in masterpieces by Delacroix, Renoir, Van Gogh and Monet, to name just a few, and the... Read More

Montparnasse Tower

Montparnasse Tower

It may not be as pretty as the Eiffel Tower, but its panoramic viewing floor offers the ultimate view of the city – the entire city quite literally at your feet. Built in 1973, the tower stands at 689ft and its floors offer a variety... Read More

Montparnasse Cemetery

Montparnasse Cemetery

Even if you’ve already visited Père Lachaise, the Montparnasse Cemetery is well worth a look for the wealth of world-famous thinkers between its walls. Easily reachable at Raspail on Métro line 4, it is the resting place of Samuel... Read More

Louvre

Louvre

The setting of Dan Brown’s novel the Da Vinci Code, the Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums and arguably one of its most breathtaking. Passages, staircases and escalators link the museum’s three wings creating a... Read More

Hôtel des Invalides

Hôtel des Invalides

Built by Louis XIV for soldiers, parts of the Hôtel des Invalides still operate as a hospital. It contains two churches, one of which, the Eglise du Dôme, is home to Napoleon’s tomb. The Musée de l’Armée brings France’s... Read More

Cirque d’Hiver

Cirque d’Hiver

One of the more unusual pieces of Parisian architecture, this stone circus in the 11th arrondissement was first opened in 1852. For centuries it stayed true to its name, hosting Turkish wrestling, classical music and traditional circus... Read More

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

The lifts, pipes and bold primary colours that adorn the exterior of the Centre Pompidou make it one of the city’s most original attractions. Inside, its vast exhibition space brings together the largest collection of modern art in... Read More

Catacombs

Catacombs

Macabre and fascinating in equal measure, this underground ossuary near Montparnasse deserves pride of place in your itinerary. Wander the meandering passages at your leisure and immerse yourself in its rich history. The museum opens at... Read More

Basilica Cathedral of St Denis

Basilica Cathedral of St Denis

More intrepid visitors to Paris may wish to venture outside the péripherale and discover this underappreciated gem in the nearby commune of St Denis. Easily reachable on line 13, the ancient cathedral boasts impressive gothic... Read More

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Constructed in 1809 upon Napoleon’s orders, the Arc de Triomphe sits on the Place Charles de Gaulle on the western edge of the Champs Élysées and marks the meeting point of twelve of Haussmann’s grand avenues. The tomb of the... Read More


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