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Famous Paris Monuments

Visit Eiffel Tower, Go to Arc De Triomphe, Pantheon, Feel the Music at Opera Garnier, Les Invalides, Sainte Chapelle, See Palace of Versailles, Conciergerie, Explore Palais du Louvre, Travel at Notre Dame Cathedral, Palais du Luxembourg, Beauty of Grand Palais, and many more.

The city of lights, Paris, truly exudes excellence when it comes to witnessing the glamorous edifices that adorn the beautiful city. The grandiosity and the richness of the monuments in Paris will fascinate the traveler in you, who wants to explore the unknown. There are spectacular monuments all over the city, some known, some unknown, which have been standing the test of time since time immemorial.

Paris is one of the frequented cities in the whole of Europe owing to the charms that it has in its store to surprise the visitors. Be ready to get bewildered by the majestic sight of the iconic Eiffel Tower, the renowned Notre-Dame cathedral, the mesmerizing Arc de Triomphe, Pantheon, and much more. Visiting these archetypal monuments will transport you from the present to the past, such is the effect of these magical buildings on your senses.

Each monument has different significance and stories associated with it. If you are interested then visit this extraordinary city and let the luxuriance of history permeate your heart, soul, and mind. Below mentioned is a consolidated list of the Paris monuments for a globetrotter like you. 

Here is the list of monuments in Paris:

01

Arc De Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe
The Arc De Triomphe or the triumphal arch was built by Napoleon in the 19th century; this arch was dedicated to his ‘Grande Armee’. This beautiful arch is one of the most beautiful Paris monuments and speaks volumes about the history and architecture of the amazing city. The top of the monument can be reached by climbing only 40 stairs.

Location:
Western end of Champs-Élysées at Place Charles de Gaulle

Entry Fee:
Entry is free for children and students of 17 years or lesser and goes to a maximum of € 8 for adults.

Timings:
The monument remains open from 10 AM to 11 PM with minor variations in timings over seasons.
02

Pantheon

Pantheon
This is one of the strikingly beautiful monuments in Paris, also known as the temple of the French Nation. The church is dedicated to the patron saint of Paris, Saint Genevieve. With time the history of this monument kept swinging between religious and patriotic and with the revolution of 1789, the church became a seat of great men.

Consequently, the monument has become the final resting place for many great people including Victor Hugo. Alexandre Dumas, Marie Curie, and many more famous people.

Location:
Place du Panthéon in Paris

Entry Fee:
Entry is free for people under 18 years of age and the maximum ticket price is € 11.50 for adults.

Timings:
It remains open from 10 AM to 6:30 PM.
03

Opera Garnier

Opera Garnier
It was during the time of Napoleon III when this lavish Opera was built by Charles Garnier. It was again reconstructed by Baron Haussmann and today 2000 people can sit inside the auditorium. This palatial building is a work of art truly.

The interiors are so sophisticated and utterly divine that all you’ll want is to sit here quietly and indulge in the breathtaking shows that go on. The chandelier hanging from the ceiling lights up the entire auditorium as if it is daylight inside. The ceiling painting of Marc Chagall will take your breath away for sure.

The spectacular staircase, the grand arrangements and everything else about this place are just surreal. You can take a guided tour to explore the depths of this lovely mansion. Let the beaux-arts, baroque revival and second empire architectural styles blow your mind.

Location:
Place de L'Opera, Paris. Rue Scribe with rue Auber

Entry Fee:
Adults: 12€ (US$13.5)
                  Youth (less than 25) and students: 8€ 
                  Children (less than 12): free entry.

Timings:
Open from 10 am to 5 pm, 17 th July to 11th September - 10 am to 5:30 pm 
04

Les Invalides

Les Invalides
This ancient complex was built during the reign of King Louis XIV. The complex was used as a hospital for the invalid soldiers. Today this has been transformed into a grand museum as well as a national monument.

However, this one of its kind, among Paris monuments is pretty interesting because the French army, to date, uses a part of this ancient complex as their base. This building is the living example of the ingenuity of architects, Liberal Bruant and Jules Hardouin Mansart. The Dome of Napoleon under a golden cupola of the mesmerizing Dome Church remains the showstopper.

There is also a lovely lawn which was beautifully landscaped in the 18th century, overlooking the Seine River, in the northern part of Les Invalides looks astounding and is a great place to click Insta-ready pictures. 

Location:
Rue De Grenelle

Entry Fee:
Entering Napoleon’s Tomb is free whereas the entry fee of the army museum is 12 Euro

Timings:
Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
05

Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle
Sainte Chapelle was once the royal house of King Louis's religious relics. Built-in the 13th century, it is one of the “go-to” monuments in Paris for tourists owing to the charms of the beautiful stained glass windows, which is one of its kind in the entire world; also the French gothic architecture is praiseworthy.

This humongous church is standing right in the center of King Louise’s divine palace, Île de la Cité. Visiting the two different chapels the upper and the lower will take back in time. The enchanting beauty of this Chapelle is a sought after attraction in Paris which you just can’t miss. 

Location:
8 Boulevard du Palais

Entry Fee:
Entry is free

Timings: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm
06

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower
No monument in France probably matches this unique tower which was built between 1887 and 1889 as an entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. The Eiffel Tower has become so famous that it truly symbolizes the city of Paris across the world.

The massive tower rises to an astounding height of 324 meters. Among the many monuments in Paris, this one is the most iconic of them all without any doubt.

Location:
Located at the Champ De Mars area in Paris.

Entry Fee:
Ticket prices range from free entry for children below 4 years to € 25.90 for adults. 

Timings
: This tower is open to tourists from 9 AM to midnight with minor variations in timings over seasons.
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07

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles
This place is truly an epitome of magnificence and lavishness. This royal palace, which was the seat of the French rulers, has seen so much since its inception that now it stands as the silent watchman of a tumultuous history starting from its rise as the fashion hub till the downfall of the bloodthirsty monarchy.

This is located a little towards the outskirts of Paris and the most interesting part is this used to be a hunting lodge of King Louis XIII from 1601 to 1643. This is one of the most spectacular monuments in Paris which has a prolific history. Later, Louis XIII’s son, also known as the “sun king” chose to make Versailles the prime seat of the French rulers and the Government. Get ready to behold the king’s bedroom, the lovely halls and a lot more to get awestruck.

Location:
Place d'Armes

Entry fee:
€15 for adults and 18-25 years old students with student card proof, the entry is free. Children between the ages of 0 to 18 do not need an entry fee. Timings: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5:30 pm 

Timings:
Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5:30 pm 
08

Conciergerie

Conciergerie
The beautiful and elaborate gothic architecture of this medieval palace will surely blow away your mind and the history is also astounding. The palace which later went on to become a Revolutionary court and prison of Maire-Antoinette is now a tourist attraction in Paris.

The Guard’s room and hall of the soldiers are a special attraction of this palace. This is one of the few Paris monuments which served as a major prison during the French revolution.

Location:
2 Boulevard du Palais

Entry fee:
€9.5 for adults without concessions and €7.5 for adults with concessions.
                 For EU residents who are 18-25 years old, the entry is free,
                 Entry for primary and secondary school teachers is also free.
                 Children between the ages of 0 to 18 do not need an entry fee.
                 The entry is free on the first Sunday of every month from November to March.

Timings:
Monday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm 
09

Place Vendome

Place Vendome
Place Vendome is an iconic area of Paris where everything is about fashion. You will find some renowned jewelry brands here and if you want to go on a shopping haul, nobody will be surprised.

Louis XIV to show his prowess and wealth and he chose this place to set up a statue which was later destroyed by Napoleon and instead a bronze column which was made from 1200 enemy canons was installed. Today you will see a perfect blend of ancient and the modern in this beautiful square.

Location:
Place Vendome

Entry fee:
Confirm before visiting

Timings:
7 am to 10 am 
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10

Palais Du Louvre

Palais Du Louvre
Get enchanted by looking at all the wealth this amazing museum contains. Starting from Old Oriental to Egyptian to Roman to Greek to Islamic art to Indian artifacts and much more, this place is a mini Earth, holding so much from all the corners of the world.

The famous painting, Monalisa, the raft of Medusa and a lot more attract the attention of the people worldwide. Visit this lovely place to witness its beauty and grandeur.  

Location:
Rue de Rivoli

Entry fee:
Mark the first Saturday of the month because that day the entry is free for everyone starting from 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm. €15 for onsite purchase and €17 online. 

Timings:
 Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm
11

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral
The panoramic view from the top of the Cathedral is worth all the climbing (you have to climb 422 steps to reach the top). The gothic architecture of the Salle Haute, the amazing ribbed vaults, the Galerie des Chimères and a lot more leads you to the gargoyles and the famous Stryge.

Move up a little and get impressed by the belfry, church bells and the renowned 13-ton great bell called 'Emmanuel'. Do not miss out on the garden in the Cathedral's premises. 

Location:
1 rue du cloître Notre-Dame 

Entry fee:
3 Euros  

Timings:
 Monday to Friday; from 8 am to 6:45 pm and Saturday to Sunday; from 8 am to 7:45 pm
12

Grand Palais

Grand Palais
Are you intrigued by the charismatic appearance of the monuments in Paris? Then hold yourself because the Grand Palais is still left to captivate your heart. This Parisian monument is known for its huge dome made of glass which has a French Flag on top of it, waving in the wind.

This excellent specimen of modern-day architecture was built in 1900, the purpose of building it was the Exposition Universelle. There is a lot inside this huge structure and some parts are meant for children where they can have fun and learn at the same time such as the Palais de la Découverte which is a museum. 

Location:
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower

Entry fee:
Independent tour, depends on the programs organized by the Nave and National Galleries.

Timings:
It depends on the programs organized by the Nave and National Galleries.
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13

Sacre Coeur Basilica

Sacre Coeur Basilica
When the Franco-Prussian War came to an end in 1870, the French patrons wanted to build a church to pay tribute to the Sacred Heart in Paris at the butte Montmartre. This huge imposing building has made it to the list of top monuments in Paris for its rich history and opulent look, considering both exteriors as well as the look of the lavish interiors. 

Location:
Montmartre 

Entry fee:
8 Euro for adults and for children between the ages of 4 to 16 the fee is 5 Euro

Timings:
Monday to Sunday; from 10 am to 5 pm 
14

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou
Built in the 20th Century, this marvel of modern architecture is where the National Museum of Modern Art is situated. This museum is especially famous for its enormous art collection from the 20th and 21st centuries. Apart from a great permanent collection of artwork, this venue also hosts many exhibitions on its rooftop. 

Location:
Rue Beaubourg, côté Saint-Merri

Entry Fee:
Full museum visit is 14 Euros and the reduced price is 11 Euros; Free on the first Sunday of each month and free for young people and children.

Timings:
Wednesday to Monday; From 11 am to 9 pm
15

Palais Du Luxembourg

Palais Du Luxembourg
When it comes to building extravagant monuments for a person, Paris monuments deserve special mention. History has it, how intricately this monument was constructed for Queen Marie of Medicis by the greatest architect of then Paris, Salomon Brosse. Later, during the upsurge of the French Revolution, this ethereal palace was transformed into a grim prison. 

Location:
Rue de Vaugirard

Entry Fee:
Call before visiting

Timings:
 Only Mondays and Fridays, timings to confirm from office.
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  1. How many monuments are in Paris?

    There are 15 top monuments in Paris, all are equally grand and mesmerizing. These monuments attract millions of tourists almost all round the year. and exhibit the exuberance of exquisite French Craftsmanship and finesse. These have been instrumental in being the inspiration behind many famous pieces of literature.
  2. Why is the Eiffel tower Famous?

    Eiffel tower is not just an imposing structure it showcases the dexterity of France’s industrial sector. In 1889 it was the main exhibit in the Paris exposition. The rich history of the Eiffel tower and its marvelous beauty attracts travelers from all the nooks and crannies of the world. Today Eiffel tower is the ‘symbol of the city’.
  3. Is Eiffel tower a monument?

    Eiffel tower was announced to be a historical monument in the year 1964. This monument was erected as a tribute to the hundredth year of the French Revolution. France became a leading name in the industrial sector as far as innovative architecture was concerned. The Eiffel tower played a very crucial role in the industrial revolution.
  4. Why is Paris so famous?

    Paris is pretty famous owing to the presence of different spectacular monuments that have never failed to steal the hearts of tourists. These lovely monuments enhance the cultural heritage of Paris. Today, you can’t think of Paris without Eiffel tower, in fact, how can you? After all, it is the symbol of the city that stands against all odds, undaunted.
  5. Which is the most highly visited monument in Paris?

    Eiffel Tower is by far the most frequented monument in Paris. Apart from Eiffel Tower, people are also crazy about the awe-inspiring Arc de Triomphe, the magnificent Palace of Versailles, the breathtaking Palais du Louvre, the saintly Notre-Dame Cathedral and much more. Tourists flock around these monuments round the year.
  6. Which one is the oldest monument in Paris?

    The Notre-Dame Cathedral dates back to the medieval age and is a 1000-year-old construction. You will be amazed to know that this Cathedral has seen some of the greatest of events such as the wedding ceremony of King Henry IV and Marguerite de Valois, the crowning ceremony of Napoléon I in the year 1804 and much more. This church is a literature lover’s paradise, “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” by Victor Hugo… did it ring a bell? Yes, the inspiration is this good old church.

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