Landmarks of Paris
This has been a world symbol of Paris for many years. It was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1889 and is considered a masterpiece of its kind. From the third floor there is a panoramic view of Paris and Ile de France.
Built between 1163-1345 A.D, Notre Dame is a gothic masterpiece, with its world renown gargoyles, ornately crafted spires, flying buttresses and vaulted cathedral ceilings.
Arc de Triomphe
Built between 1806-1836, this monument is situated on one of the most beautiful views in the world, half-way between the Tuileries Gardens and the Arch de la Défense and it is also the highest point of the Triumphal Route.
The Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill) is a traditional cabaret, built in 1889. Famous for the large red imitation windmill on its roof, the Moulin Rouge is a symbol of French Culture. Over the past 100 years, the Moulin Rouge has remained a popular tourist destination for many visitors each year.
Standing as a beautiful white beacon on the top of a hill, Sacré-Coeur has an exceptional view over Paris. The Basilica was built following a national vow after France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
Once the official residence of the French monarchs, this is the world's most famous museum. Housing 35,000 works of art, it is also the largest museum in the world and home of the Mona Lisa painting and the Venus de Milo. It also houses many Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities as well as sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings of many famous artists.
Formerly a grand train station, it was later remodeled as a space for the world's finest collections of 19th-century art. This unique building now houses many famous paintings and artwork by French impressionists and postimpressionists, such as Manet, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Rodin, Van Gogh and Gauguin.
The Pompidou Center is one of the most spectacular buildings in Paris, with its 1977 factory-style architecture of external pipes and glass tubes. This museum has large collections of art from many famous artists such as Picasso, Braque, Max Ernst, Chagall, Matisse and many others.
The Invalides (The Soldiers' Church) is one of the most prestigious historic complexes in Paris. It is a masterpiece of French religious architecture. It also houses the ashes of the Emperor, Napoléon I, in a majestic tomb.
Located in the western suburbs of Paris, the famous home of the “sun king”, Louis XIV, is one of the largest castles in the world, with more than 2,000 windows, 700 rooms, 1250 fireplaces, 67 staircases and more than 1,800 acres of park. The enormity of the buildings and grounds cannot be fully understood unless visited.
If you want to visit a lot of museums, art galleries and tourist sites or you simply do not want to wait in long lineups, then you should think about purchasing a Carte Musée et Monuments. This is a tourism card that offers free and priority access to permanent collections of 60 museums and monuments in Paris and the greater Paris area (including The Louvre, Notre Dame, Musée D'Orsay and Versailles).
Three formulae are possible: 1, 3 or 5 consecutive days. It can be purchased at any major Métro stations, or in the 60 museums and monuments concerned. The card can be used at any time: the number of visits is unlimited.