The elegance of its architecture and the great delicacy of the steel sections make it a structure of rare lightness, elevated in relation to the piers. In recent years, many tourist couples have taken to attaching padlocks with their first names written or engraved on it to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture.
The Conciergerie is an important vestige of the Palace of the Capetians, and a remarkable example of 14th-century civil architecture. At the time of the French Revolution, it was France's oldest prison, and it was there that Marie-Antoinette was incarcerated.
Paris’s largest museum, in what was once a royal palace. Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Delacroix’s Freedom Guiding the People and Jacques Louis David’s Oath of the Horatii are only three of the highlights that make the Louvre the world’s most frequented art museum by far.
Symbol of the Napoleonic epic. A magnificent view over Paris, with the twelve famous avenues – including the Champs-Elysées – radiating out from the triumphal arch.
The Pont Alexandre III is Paris's most elegant bridge, ornamented with fine sculpture work, adding its own charm to an already beautiful site.It also owes its fame to the technical prowess that went into its construction. It is made of a single leaf arch that spans the Seine in a great curve, although it is lowered so as not to obstruct the view of the Champs-Elysées or les Invalides.
Notre-Dame-de-Paris, which was built between 1163 and 1330, is a masterpiece of French Gothic art. Notre-Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress (arched exterior supports). Many small individually crafted statues were placed around the outside to serve as column supports and water spouts. Among these are the famous gargoyles, designed for water run-off, and chimeras.
The Place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris and one of the finest in the city. Located in the Marais district, this square, with its perfect layout, is the first example bearing witness to Henri IV's interest in town planning and contains about forty brick and stone houses built over arcades.
How well do you really know the most famous museum in the world? A full program of temporary exhibitions, film projections and concerts makes the Louvre a fascinating place to be.
Volumes could be – and have been – written extolling the virtues of Paris. Iconic architecture, the world’s most versatile collection of art, renowned cuisine and shopping – it’s without question: few, if any, cities rival the offerings of The City of Light. Still, the intimate neighbourhoods of Paris, France retain a tangible village quality, each with its own unique personality and offerings. From the 1st to the 20th arrondissement, one by one the most recognisable landmarks in the world are found nestled alongside local boutiques, restaurants and cafés. To wander Paris is truly one of life’s most precious gifts.