Whatever you read about the capital of France, one thing is certain: you will not know Paris until you go and stay there for couple of days in this amazing city. Paris is one of the densely populate cities in all over the Europe with more than 12 million inhabitants.
Paris is placed in the north part of the country, on the biggest river- Seine. It’s believed to have origin in the 12-th century and till 18- th century in the western part of the world considered the greatest city. In the 18-th century Paris became one of the important centers of art in Europe.
The Eiffel tower is the famous Parisian icon. This tower was built near the river Seine in the Champ de Mars. Since opening in 1889, it was visited by more than 235 million people, making it the most visited monument in the world for which the entrance fee! He is high 325 yards, including a 24 meter high antenna on top. When it opened, it was also the tallest building in the world until 1930, when it was built Chrysler Building in New York, but it is still the tallest building in Paris. The first and second levels are accessible elevator and stairs, while the third is accessible only by elevator. When you get to the top, view of the city is magnificent, and if you want, you can refresh yourself a drink or something to eat in local restaurants – Les Buffets, Altitude 95, and Le Jules Verne.
Champs Elysées is the most prestigious avenue in Paris, the French like to say that the most beautiful in the world. It stretches for two kilometers from Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle. The most expensive European street, you can find a multitude of stores of luxury goods, clothing, jewels, and watches, most notably – Louis Vuitton (the largest in the world), Cartier, Fendi, Sephora , Givenchy, L’Atelier Renault, Omega, Lacoste, Gap, etc. If you want to be relax with a delicious meal, or a night out, here are some of the best restaurants, bars, clubs and cinemas in the city.
The form we know today received in the 18th and 19th centuries, and was previously a series of fields and gardens, which got its name after the eponymous plains of Greek mythology. Here ends normally and last stage of the Tour de France, and during Christmas the whole street was decorated with lights that provide a magnificent sight. In the immediate vicinity there is the Elysee Palace, seat of the French President.
Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the world, is also located in one of the historic monuments of Paris, Palais du Louvre, located on the right bank. Famous glass pyramid have been added to the end of the eighties to the beginning of the nineties of the 20th century.
The museum was officially opened in 1793, during the French Revolution, with more than 700 copies to each year was getting richer artwork. Today there are more than 380 000 works, and it is currently showing around 35 000, from the Egyptian, Greek and Roman works of Islamic art, to sculpture, drawings and numerous antiques. The most famous works are the Mona Lisa, Madonna and Child with St. John, van Gogh self-portrait, the Moulin de la Galette, Freedom led by the people, Scribe, etc.
Notre Dame is the most famous cathedral in the city. It was built in the Gothic style on the Île de la Cité, the seat of the Archbishop of Paris. Her name means ‘Our Lady’. Legend has it that in the 12th century bishop of Paris had a vision of the most beautiful cathedral, which is then drawn into the mud and the future site of the temple on the site of the demolished old church. In the mid 13th century were built towers 69 meters high, while the whole cathedral was completed in the mid 14th Century
Throughout history endured many hardships, some of which were the worst during the revolt Huguenots and the French Revolution, when it was partly destroyed and looted. In the 19th century began the restoration and reconstruction, mostly thanks to Victor Hugo and his novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame ‘, which aims to raise awareness of the city’s cultural heritage.
There are five bells in the church, of which Emmanuel, the largest bell, 13 tons, located in the southern tower, while four smaller located in the North Tower. In front of Notre Dame is the ‘Point Zero’, the starting point at which the French motorways measures all distances from Paris.
The cathedral is open daily from 8:00 am to 18:45 pm, entrance is free of charge, but the towers (entrance from the outside of the North Tower) and the repository will be charged. Prices are € 8 for towers and 4 € for the repository, but there are discounts for young people and groups. The nearest subway station are Cité, Saint-Michel, Hôtel de Ville, Cluny – La Sorbonne, or Châtelet