List of tourist attractions in Paris
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The French capital, Paris, has an annual 30 million foreign visitors, and so is the most visited city in the world. Paris' sights include monuments and architecture, such as its Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and neo-classic Haussmannian boulevards and buildings as well as museums, operas and concert halls. There are also more modern attractions such as its suburban Disneyland Paris.
Within the City of Paris
- Arc de Triomphe - Monument at the center of the Place de l'Étoile, commemorating the victories of France and honoring those who died in battle.
- Belleville, Paris - A working-class neighborhood that is home to one of two Chinatowns in Paris. French singer Edith Piaf grew up here and, according to legend, was born under a lamppost on the steps of Rue de Belleville. Home to the Reformed Church of France and Parc de Belleville.
- Cathédrale Saint-Maclou de Pontoise - Roman Catholic cathedral located in the town of Pontoise, on the outskirts of Paris.
- Centre Georges-Pompidou - Hosting the Paris Museum of Modern Art.
- Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - A hands-on science museum that attracts over 2 million visitors yearly.
- The Conciergerie - Located on the Île de la Cité, it is a medieval building which was formerly used as a prison where some prominent members of the ancien régime stayed before their death during the French Revolution.
- The Eiffel Tower - A "temporary" construction of Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exposition.
- Flame of Liberty - Replica of the flame held by the Statue of Liberty.
- The Goutte d'Or - African and North African district in the 18th arrondissement of Paris known as "Little Africa." It is famous for its market, Marché Barbès, where one can find various products from Africa.
- The Grand Palais - A large glass exhibition hall built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition.
- Les Invalides - Complex containing museums and monuments relating to the military history of France
- The Louvre - Extensive art gallery.
- Musee d'Orsay- Housed in a rail station, this museum is smaller than the Louvre but it houses one of the largest Impressionist exhibits.
- Muséum national d'histoire naturelle - National Museum of Natural History.
- Montmartre - An old district of Paris on a hill containing the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur and the Place du Tertre.
- Notre Dame de Paris (Cathedral of Notre Dame) on the Île de la Cité - Paris's 12th-century ecclesiastical centrepiece.
- Palais Garnier - Paris's central opera house, built in the later Second Empire period.
- The Panthéon - Church and tomb of a number of France's most famed men and women.
- Parc de la Villette - Hosting the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, a science museum, and the Cité de la Musique which houses various musical institutes, a museum, and a concert hall.
- The Paris Mosque - Located in the Latin Quarter, the Grande Mosquée de Paris (The Great Mosque of Paris) is the largest mosque in France.
- The Père Lachaise Cemetery
- Place des Vosges - Square in the Marais district laid out by Henry IV.
- Sainte-Chapelle - Also located on the Île de la Cité, it is a 13th century Gothic palace chapel.
- The Sorbonne - One of the universities of Paris (Paris IV), the centre of Paris's Latin Quarter.
- Statue of Liberty replicas - A smaller version of the New York City harbor statue which France gave to the United States in 1886, located on the Île aux Cygnes on the Seine. Another version is in the Luxembourg Garden.
- The Wallace Fountains, throughout the city.
In the Paris metropolitan area
- Barbizon - a French village where the Barbizon School of Painting is located.
- Château de Fontainebleau - Built by Francis I of France, it is one of the largest of the French royal châteaux.
- Château de Rambouillet - The summer residence of French presidents.
- Château de Vincennes (Vincennes Castle) - A large medieval castle nearby the Bois de Vincennes (Vincennes Wood).
- Château Villette- a château built in the 18th century.
- Disneyland Resort Paris - the largest theme park in Europe.
- La Défense - The largest business district in Europe.
- Palace of Versailles - The famous former palace of French kings.
- Parc Asterix - One of many of Paris' theme parks.
- Parc de Sceaux - A Park located nearby the 17th century Château de Sceaux (Sceaux Castle).
- Saint Denis Basilica - the burial site of the French monarchs.
- Stade de France - The 80,000 seater stadium in which France won the 1998 edition of the FIFA World Cup.