MONUMENTS

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower

This 324 meter-high giant overlooks the Gardens of the Trocadero. Built between 1887 and 1889 by Gustave Eiffel for Paris’s world fair, this “grand lady” has now become the emblem of Paris.

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Entrance price 2015: 17 € (by lift- top floor included).

Note: each evening up to 1 am, on the hour and for 5 minutes, the Eiffel Tower adorns a golden coat and thousands of lights twinkle, offering a truly magical sight.

Paris, France

The Trocadero Gardens

Designed for the 1878 Paris Exhibition, the gardens at the time spread in front of a Hispano-Moorish Palace destroyed in 1937 to make room for the Palace of Chaillot. Skaters and strollers can appreciate magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower from its various sloping alleyways.

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The Palais de Chaillot

  • In the summer, Parisians like to chill out by the Fountain Varsovie (1937) with its large central basin that collects water from several smaller cascading fountains, and which regularly offers the grand show of 20 water cannons in action.
  • The Palais de Chaillot is home to several museums including the Musée de l’Homme (museum of Mankind), the Musée du Cinéma (Cinema Museum), the Musée de la Marine (a maritime museum presenting collections that once belonged to King Louis XV, today the museum showcases temporary exhibitions and permanent collections of maritime artefacts from all over the world), the Cinémathèque and the national theatre of Chaillot.
  • Built for the 1937 Paris Exhibition, it is the work of architects Azema, Carlu and Boileau. It replaced the former Palais du Trocadero which dated back to 1878. The building presents two curved wings directed towards the Seine River, and in between the vast esplanade of Human Rights which affords breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars.
Paris, France

The Arc de Triomphe

Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon 1st to glorify French troops, and achieved 30 years later under the reign of Louis Philippe, the Arc de Triomphe is the work of architect Jean-François Chalgrin.

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Situated in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle - Etoile and offering a splendid architecture evocative of ancient arches, it marks the beginning of the Champs-Elysées.

Its pedestals are decorated with 4 allegorical high reliefs by artists Cortot, Etex and Rude, including the famous “Marseillaise”.

Situated half-way between the Louvre Museum and the Great Arch at the Défense business district it links ancient and modern Paris.

Entrance price in 2015: 9.50 €

Paris, France

The Champs-Elysées Avenue

Le Nôtre, who was commissioned by King Louis XIV to redesign the Tuileries Gardens, decided to create a large artery that would leave the king an uncluttered view of the trajectory of the sun until it set.

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It became The Champs-Élysées! No surprise from the Sun King who foresaw here the triumphant success of this regal avenue!

The avenue spreads from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle - Etoile.

Paris, France

The Grand Palais

Built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition, it is home to the Palais de la Découverte, dedicated to science and its applications (since 1937), the national art galleries of the Grand Palais (since 1964), and the recently-restored nave, a splendid cultural and events venue.

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Address: 1, Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 75008

Paris, France

The Petit Palais

Built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition and officially open on 11 December 1902 as the Paris Art Gallery, it is located near the prestigious gardens of the Champs-Élysées, and is part of a monumental complex.

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This includes the Grand Palais and the Pont Alexandre III, a superb bridge which spans the Seine opposite the Invalides.

It was fully refurbished between 2001 and 2005.

Address: 5, Avenue Dutuit, Paris 75008

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