"city of love" and "city of lights". For over 2,000 years, the city has been renowned for its art, entertainment, fashion and culture. The sheer mention of Paris brings to mind the vibrant pictures of its famed landmarks. Stay with us, as we acquaint you with a few places which should definitely be on your must-visit list while in the city:
If you are familiar with the Gothic culture, you must be well aware that Sainte-Chapelle is seen as a gem of that era. While vertical proportions, majestic staircases, and tall pinnacles impress you before you enter the chapelle, the marvellous stained glass within is sure to leave you speechless. Its construction was commissioned by King Louis IX of France in 1239. After enduring some amount of damage during the French Revolution, the nineteenth century architects restored the establishment. This French Gothic architecture is also famous for housing the matchless selection of fifteen glass panels belonging to the thirteenth century.
Centre Pompidou is one-of-a-kind high-tech architecture. Aptly described by National Geographic as 'Love at second sight'
, the centre is an amalgam of multi-coloured ducts, tubes and corridors that leaves the onlooker momentarily confused. Commissioned by and named after Georges Pompidou, the then President of France (1969-74), Centre Pompidou is also famous for the Musée National d' Art Moderne, a vast public library. By any chance, if you are interested in the modern European art, this establishment would inarguably be your haven. Where the library occupies the first three floors of the edifice, floors four and five encompass the museum's permanent collection.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg, otherwise known as the Luxemburg Gardens, has something for people of all ages. The 60-acre park is inclusive of astonishing public amenities such as tennis courts, open-air cafes, sculptures and fountains, to name a few. Other distinguished features of Jardin du Luxembourg include a bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty and the Medici Fountain.
Louvre, one of the world's largest museums, sprawls over an area of 60,600 square metres at central Paris. Originally built as Louvre Palace, in the 12th century, it has been converted to the historic monument that it is today. The museum displays over 380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art. From Islamic art to Egyptian antiquities and decorative arts, you can come across creations that will keep you occupied at all times during your visit. Louvre also boasts of some of the finest art works, including "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo"s "Dying Slave".
Nearly synonymous to the name Paris, no trip can end without visiting the Eiffel Tower. Made of iron lattice and named after its creator Gustave Eiffel, this iconic and cultural symbol ofFrance remains the favourite destination for tourists across the world. While it eludes an unearthly charm at daytime, it looks like a dazzling jewel outlining the Paris skyline at night. We strongly recommend the elevator ride for catching few of the most incredible scenic views that Paris has to offer.
That is not all. There is more. Be it French couture, cuisines or etiquettes, the city of Paris will surely overwhelm you in every meaning of the word.