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.
The Petit Palais is an architectural gem dating back to 1900, situated on the avenue des Champs-Elysées. The building, which like the Grand Palais opposite it, was built for the Universal Exposition and houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. The 1,300 works in the museum (sculptures, paintings, tapestries, art objects, icons) offer a large artistic panorama. Ancient and Medieval collections are displayed alongside works from the French and Italian Renaissance and Flemish and Dutch paintings. Visitors can discover a collection of paintings from major French artists of the 19th century: Delacroix, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Courbet, etc. A small inner outdoor garden, which you can stroll around, adds to the charm of the establishment.
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.
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 Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is the most visited monument in France. It was built in the Middle Ages, at the far end of the Île de la Cité. Work started in the 13th century and finished in the 15th century. Badly damaged during the French Revolution, the cathedral was restored in the 19th century by the architect Viollet-le-Duc. Its many visitors come to admire its stained glass and rose windows, the towers, the steeple and the gargoyles. They can also discover the Notre-Dame treasury and have a go at climbing the towers to enjoy a panoramic view of Paris. In 2013, Notre-Dame is celebrated its 850th anniversary. For this occasion, many events were organized and the cathedral renewed its bells with the arrival of eight new bells as well as a new great bell. Road distances from Paris in France are calculated from point 0 on the cathedral forecourt.
Montmartre is a district full of authentic charm, famous for the Sacré-Coeur basilica and a magnificent view of Paris. For the price of a metro ticket, visitors can take the funicular to the top of Montmartre hill. More sporty types can climb the 222 steps leading up through the Louise Michel public garden. After visiting the basilica, visitors enjoy strolling around this historic area: there is Place du Tertre and its famous caricaturists, the Espace Dalí, the Montmartre grapevines ,the cabaret du Lapin Agile, the Musée Montmartre …The walk continues down to the world famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. On the way, there is plenty to interest visitors: arty and trendy shop windows in rue des Abbesses and rue Tardieu, shops in rue Lepic, the cosmopolitan rue de Steinkerque, the saucy Pigalle district (sex shops) and Montmartre cemetery. A few minutes walk from the Moulin Rouge, in SoPi (South Pigalle), the tea room in the garden of the Musée de la Vie Romantique is a delightful place to stop for refreshments.
Considered to be the leading shopping centre of Europe with 120 million visitors each year, the boulevard Haussmann is a city within the city. But let’s not forget the stores on the rue de Rivoli, on the Left Bank or at the Madeleine. All together, they are a sparkling reflection of Paris in concentrated form, where all your shopping desires can be granted. Fashion, beauty, decoration, leisure and the art of entertaining are just the tip of the iceberg in the creative sea that awaits you.
Paris, make it real.
A million words could never paint an accurate portrait of Paris. A true daydream of a city, it lives and breathes in both quiet romantic moments and in bold displays of the world’s finest art, food and sightseeing. As for Hotel Westminster, the most prestigious neighbourhood in all of Paris is directly outside the door. Steps away, legendary shops line the Place Vendome and Rue de la Paix, including Cartier, Mellerio dits Meller, Van Cleef & Arpels among others.
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