List of tourist attractions in Paris
Paris, the capital of France, 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. Symbol of French culture, with its many monuments, the city attracts the 2000s nearly three million visitors per year.
Within the City of Paris
- The Louvre - one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument.
- Musée d'Orsay - 19th-century paintings, one of the largest Impressionist exhibits, housed in a former rail station.
- Centre Georges-Pompidou - 20th century modern art museum, hosting the Paris Museum of Modern Art.
- Muséum national d'histoire naturelle - National Museum of Natural History.
- Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - A hands-on science museum that attracts over 2 million visitors yearly.
- 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.
- Musée des Arts et Métiers - Museum of Arts and Crafts that houses the collection of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (National Conservatory of Arts and Industry), which was founded in 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions.
- The Eiffel Tower - A construction of Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exposition.
- The 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.
- Les Invalides - Complex containing museums and monuments relating to the military history of France
- The Panthéon - Church and tomb of a number of France's most famed men and women.
- The Grand Palais - A large glass exhibition hall built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition.
- The Palais Garnier - Paris's central opera house, built in the later Second Empire period.
- 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.
- Place des Vosges - Square in the Marais district.
- Place Vendôme.
- Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral - Paris's 12th-century ecclesiastical centrepiece on the Île de la Cité.
- Sainte-Chapelle - A 13th-century Gothic palace chapel, also located on the Île de la Cité.
- Basilica of the Sacré Cœur - Located in the district of Montmartre
- The Père Lachaise Cemetery - A romantic cemetery.
- The Montmartre Cemetery - Located in the district of Montmartre
- Montmartre - An old district of Paris on a hill containing the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur and the Place du Tertre.
- 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.
- Flame of Liberty - Replica of the flame held by the Statue of Liberty.
In the Paris metropolitan area
- Saint Denis Basilica - the burial site of the French kings.
- Palace of Versailles - The famous former palace of French kings.
- Château de Fontainebleau - Built by Francis I of France, it is one of the largest of the French royal châteaux.
- Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
- 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.
- Parc de Sceaux - A Park located nearby the 17th century by gabby Château de Sceaux (Sceaux Castle).
- La Défense - The largest business district in Europe.
- Cathédrale Saint-Maclou de Pontoise - Roman Catholic cathedral located in the town of Pontoise, on the outskirts of Paris.
- Disneyland Resort Paris - the largest theme park in Europe.
- Parc Astérix - One of many of Paris' theme parks.
- Stade de France - The 80,000 seater stadium in which France won the 1998 edition of the FIFA World Cup.
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