Visiting France soon? Here are some of the most popular tourist attractions that you wouldn’t want to miss.
The Eiffel Tower is known as the symbol of Paris and is one of the world’s most popular landmarks. The massive structure made of 8,000 metallic parts was designed by Gustave Eiffel as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World Fair. The 320-meter high tower was originally loathed by critics, but today it is now a well-loved and irreplaceable part in the skyline if Paris. The Eiffel Tower has earned the nickname “Iron Lady” because of its unique structure.
Notre Dame de Paris
Also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral in Paris. The cathedral was completed in 1345 and features small individually crafted statues placed around its exterior to serve as water spouts and column supports. The famous gargoyles, designed for water run off, are part of its decors along with some chimeras. Although the exterior and statues were originally colored, the paint that once covered these designs has now worn off.
Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile
The Arch of Triumph is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It is located at the western end of the Champs-Elysees at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle. It should not be confused with a smaller arch known as the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel which is located at the west of the Louvre. The Arch of Triumph honors those who fought and died for the country during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces are the names of all French victories and generals and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I lies beneath its vault.
Palace of Versailles
Also known as Château de Versailles or simply Versailles is more than just a royal residence, it was originally designed to boast the glory of the French monarchy. “Sun King” Louis XIV transformed his father’s hunting lodge into a palace with Baroque interior. It became Louis XIV’s symbol of absolute power and has since set the standard for princely courts in Europe. The Baroque facade and interior were created by Architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. It also houses the famous Hall of Mirrors where courtiers waited for an audience with the king.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Le Jardin du Luxembourg or Luxembourg Garden was created by Marie de’ Medici, widow of King Henry Iv of France, in 1612. The garden contains more than a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains scattered throughout the grounds. It covers 23 hectares of land is popular for its lawns, flowerbeds, models sailboats, tree-lined promenades, and the Medici fountain designed by Tommaso Francini and was built in 1630.
Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel is one of the most striking landmarks of France, dramatically rising of the sea on the coast of Normandy. Its main attraction is the Mont Saint Michel Abbey which has been protected as a French monument historique since 1862, while the site has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site from 1979. During low tide, it is possible to walk across the sand to the main attraction, but during high tide, Mont Saint Michel becomes an island.
That concludes this list on the Top 6 Tourist Attractions in France. We hope that you enjoyed reading this article and find it helpful in planning your next adventure. Have a great time.