Thursday, 9 May 2013

Inside City: Top 3 historic attractions in Paris, France

Famously called the city of love, Paris is the capital of France. The city is not only adored for its vast romantic tourist attractions. Below are three top tourist attractions in Paris that show a different side to the city of love.

Eiffel Tower

At 1,040 feet high, the Eiffel Tower is at the heart of Paris with a breathe taking panoramic views of the city.
If you are brave enough, you can walk all the way to the top and look down at the city below.
Before you venture to the top, get acquainted with the tower’s history as told by posters, photos, illustrations, films and interactive displays on the first floor and in the staircase.

The Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum is one of the largest and most historic museums in the world. With over 500 classic paintings and modern masterpieces, the museum takes you the history of France and into the minds of kings and revolutionaries. 

The museum was opened on 10 August 1793 and has been extended and renovated over a dozen times since. The structure was originally built as a fortress to protect Parisians from raids during the invasion of the city. It was then reconstructed to serve as a royal palace during the 16th century. It then became a museum in the 17th century.

Arc de Triomphe

This historic site was built in 1806 and commemorates Napoleon, the French Emperor’s victory. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, and is engraved with the names of the generals that led the French troops during Napoleon’s regime. The construction of Arc was completed in 1863, years after Napoleon’s death in 1821. 

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