This world-famous landmark was built for the universal Fair of 1889, held to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution.
It stands 1050 ft high.
Admission (elevator to the top) is EUR 9.90 for adults, EUR 5.30 for children under 12.
- Jan 1-Jun 13: 9:30am-11pm daily
- Jan 14-Aug 31: 9am-midnight daily
Work on the Hunchback's gothic home began in 1163 AD and was completed circa 1345 AD.
The house of God can accommodate over 6,000 worshippers.
Admission in the Cathedral is free, going to the towers costs about EUR 6.
No elevator, people with heart condition should abstain.
- 8:00am-6:45pm daily.
- Towers: 9:30am-6:45pm daily.
Masses: 8am, 9 am, 12am, 6:45am.
Seule la section des Champs-Élysées allant de la Place de la Concorde au Grand Palais mérite le titre de plus belle avenue du Monde.
Les Champs-Elysées avenue probably only deserves its nickname of « most beautiful avenue in the world" for its lower section, starting Place de la Concorde and ending at Grands Palais.
The rest of the avenue mainly features overpriced shops and restaurants – with a few exceptions in the side streets. Walk to the Arch of Triumph, at the top of the avenue, and visit the 50-meter high structure built to commemorate Napoleon's victories.
Admission is about EUR 6, and free for children under 12.
- 9:30am-11:00pm daily from April to October
- 10:00am-11:00pm daily from Nov-March.
The Romano-Byzantine basilica crowns the Montmartre hill.
Its construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914.
Admission is free, except for the crypt and dome (about EUR 5).
For a fun ride, go to the Anvers metro station, walk to "Rue Tardieu" and take the "funiculaire" (a one-car train which brings you almost to the top of the hill). Montmartre itself used to be a village outside Paris. The hill is famous for its architectural landmarks, its artistic life, and more recently, for "Amelie". It counts no less than 7 museums!
Even today this quarter is associated with the existentialism of the 1950's, with Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir writing at the Cafe Flore, and with Boris Vian and Raymond Queneau.
The "invasion" (over the past 30 years) of luxury boutiques is replacing the book stores and cinemas from this area, although a historical preservation association has now been created to preserve that which still remains.
Its building started in 1671 under the reign of King Louis the XIVth, and about 30 years later.
From its conception, the place was designed to serve as a home to impoverished soldiers and wounded veterans of the French army. It comprises the veteran hospital itself, a church, several museums, and the tomb of Napoleon I.
Admission is EUR 6 for adults, and free for children under 12.
- October to March 31: 10am-4:45pm
- April-September 30: 10am-5:45pm.
Its construction started in the early XVIIth century under Henri IV.
It was completed in 1612. Initially named "Royal Square", it was renamed "Place des Vosges" by Napoleon I as an homage to the inhabitants of the Vosges region who had been particularly quick to pay their taxes.
The square is remarkable both by its style (it is lined with 36 buildings, all dating from Henri IV) and by its shops and its little park where Parisians like to loaf on sunny Sundays.