Friday, March 13, 2015

Parisian Must-See:

Every itinerary for Paris must contain the most popular French landmarks, and one of them is, quite obviously, the Eiffel Tower. The people did not greet this little monument with enthusiasm when it was first built for the World's Fair of 1889.  However, today, people travel from all over the world to see it, and for great reason!

Check out these other "Must See" landmarks when visiting Paris.

Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart)
Builders needed 46 years to complete this fantastic architectural gem that was built in honor of those killed in the Franco-Prussian War (1870). It sits on top of Montmartre hill, a picturesque neighborhood in the northern section of Paris with a tradition of attracting artists and bohemian types.  This Romanesque-byzantine style basilica is built from travertine stone quarried just south-east of  Paris in Chateau Landon. The stone exudes calcite and as it ages, it gets whiter.  This makes the  Basilica gleam under  a sunny sky and is  particularly stunning as the sun sets.

The Cathedral of Notre Dame (Our Lady)
Maurice de Sully, Bishop of Paris, began to build this timeless cathedral in 1163. Its first stone was laid in the presence of Pope Alexander III. Craftsmen needed 170 years to complete the project. When you venture inside this magnificent building, its magnificent stained-glass windows will dazzle you. Did you know the largest organ in France rests within its walls?

The famous Musee du Louvre is impressive for exactly 35,000 reasons because this is the number of priceless masterpieces that will delight your eyes as you walk the halls of this museum. Notably, the Musee du Louvre is the only place where you will have the pleasure of seeing the world’s most famous painting: Mona Lisa.

Arc de Triomphe
The French constructed the Arc de Triomphe to commemorate Napoleon’s 1805 victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.  When the Emperor's remains were returned to France in 1840 from the island of Saint Helena, the funeral procession made a point of traveling underneath this arc as they transported the former Emperor’s body to its final resting place at the Invalides .

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