Keeping up with the tradition, today, we bring you the top ten tourist destinations in the city of Paris. It is the largest city of France and the capital. It is known as the most romantic city of the world and also the fashion capital of the world. Having had the pleasure of visiting a couple of months ago, I can vouch for the fact that it really is amazing. With countless monument and beautiful architecture, with awesome places to shop at and excellent food, Paris is a heaven.
The Tuileries Palace stood on the right bank of the river Seine. That was until 1871 when it was destroyed. This particular site is now a garden and a beautiful one at that. It was created by Catherine de Medicis as a garden for the palace in 1564. It was opened for public in 1667. The garden is an excellent place to have a picnic with your family or friends.
9. SAINT CHAPELLE
La Sainte-Chapelle is in the heart of Paris and was commissioned by King Louis IX of France. He housed his Passion Relics here including the Crown of Throrns. It is one of the greatest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecgture. It was heavily damaged during the French Revolution and restored in the nineteenth century. The Chapelle also served as a place of worship. What appears of Saint Chapelle today is not its original form; it is basically a recreation of what stood originally.
8. MUSEE D’ORSAY
This is a museum in Paris as the name suggests and it is located on the left bank of the Seine. It contains many pieces of French art dating from 1848 to 1915. It contains paintings, furniture, photographs and sculptures. It has works from Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh. The Museum was established in 1986 is ranked number ten worldwide. The museum building was originally a railway station. By 1939, longer trains came in and the platforms were unsuitable for them. It was later turned into a museum; a good decision I would say.
7. CHAPMS ELYSEES
The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is a street. It has cinemas, cafes and luxury. It is one of the most popular and probably the most expensive streets of the world. Many French monuments are situated on the street including Arc de Triomphe (discussed below). It is known as ‘The Most Beautiful Avenue in the World’ or ‘La plus belle avenue du monde’ – as the French would call it. The street is around 1.91 kilometers long and it was created in the year 1670. It begins at the Place de la Concorde and ends at Place Charles de Gaulle.
The Palace of Versailles or Chateau de Versailles is absolutely amazing. When it was built, Versailles was a country village but now it is now considered a suburb of Paris. The total floor area that the chateau covers is around 67,000 square meters. The King moved from Paris to the chateau but he was forced to return to the capital in October of 1789; that was the beginning of French Revolution. Therefore, the chateau is a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy during the ancient regime. The palace is a marvel, one definitely must a visit.