Friday, December 05, 2008
The Eiffel Tower is possibly the most recognised structure in the world. It is a must see attraction for all holiday snappers and, once seen, is never forgotten. In addition to its distinctive appearance, it houses 2 restaurants and an elevator. It offers some of the best aerial views of Paris.
Notre Dame Cathedral has been popularised by the tale of the fictional hunchback of Notre Dame. Its history dates back 6 centuries this grandiose building has many beautiful features including a large rose window and some delicate and ornate flying buttresses.
Sighted at the peak of the hill at Montmartre, the bleached white Basilica of Sacre Coeur is unmissable. It was built in the 19th century, but is now a staple of the Parisian skyline and popular with tourists. It provides good views looking down and across Paris.
The Arc de Triomphe is yet another Paris landmark and one on a massive scale. It was constructed in 1806 and has no less than 284 within it. It sits at the west end of the famous Champs Elysees boulevard.
The Palace of Versailles is promoted as the most beautiful palace in the world and few would argue against the claim. It has 700 rooms and 67 staircases. It also sees an incredible 2.5 million visitors every year. In times gone by it was the royal family’s home, but is now a museum.
The Louvre is the most famous art gallery in Paris. Its benefactor and supporter was Napoleon Bonaparte and he intended it to be an accessible repository of art for all. It receives daily visitor numbers that can reach 65,000.