Historical Attractions in Paris, France

Historical Attractions in Paris, France
Paris is full of romance, intrigue and history. Some of the world's best sights and attractions are located in this city in France, which has been affectionately dubbed "the City of Lights" for its brightly adorned buildings and twinkling streets. Thousands of tourists travel to Paris each year to soak in its history and culture. There are many beautiful historic attractions, beyond the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, to enjoy during your visit.

Arc de Triomphe

A beautiful view of Paris awaits you at the top of the Arc de Triomphe, a historic monument that represents the transition between the old Paris and the new. The structure was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus and has been the seat of many events of national importance, including its own 1836 inauguration by King Louis-Philippe. In 1921, the arch became the final resting place of the Unknown Soldier. You can still remember him each evening at 6:30 p.m., when a flame of remembrance is ignited.

Arc de Triomphe
Place du Général-de-Gaulle
75008 Paris, France
011 (+33) 01 55 37 73 77
arc-de-triomphe.monuments-nationaux.fr/

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is a historic site where spiritual counsel has been sought and found by hundreds of historical figures. The first stone was laid in the presence of Pope Alexander III in 1163. The cathedral is home to the historic paintings "Saint Thomas d'Aquin" (1648) and "Les Grands Mays" (commissioned from 1630 to 1707). Today, the cathedral is open for mass, prayer and tours. According to the cathedral, about 13 million people visit it each year.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
6 Parvis Notre-Dame
Place Jean-Paul II
75004 Paris, France
011 (+33) 01 42 34 56 10
notredamedeparis.fr/

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Best known as the burial place of Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors, Père Lachaise Cemetery is one of the world's most visited cemeteries. Historic figures such as Frédéric Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Victor Hugo, the often-quoted Oscar Wilde and many more artists have found their final resting place there. Père Lachaise Cemetery is a place to reflect upon the impact that literary and musical greats have had on history.

Père Lachaise Cemetery
16 Rue du Repos
75020 Paris, France
011 (+33) 01 40 71 75 60
pere-lachaise.com/

Article Written By Diane Hansen

Diane Hansen has a thirst for adventure and loves to share the world through the written word. Currently, she is the feature editor for "TRAVELHOST" magazine and is working on her first novel. She graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in 2002 with a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She has been writing freelance since 1996.

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