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Historic Sites In Paris

Boasting of a rich and age-old history, there is no shortage of historical places in Paris, where you can get transported back in time and also learn how the city came to be. Known for their magnificent architecture and breath-taking beauty, the monuments in Paris range from the ruins of the Roman era, to the memorials that were erected post World War II and more. The City of Lights is home to many such famous sites and historical places that help visitors gain deeper insights into the elaborate but complicated past of the region.

Some of the most famous landmarks in Paris definitely include the iconic Eiffel Tower, which is the tallest tower in all of Paris, as well as the stunning Louvre Museum, tucked inside the erstwhile Louvre Palace. You can also visit the Catacombs in the city, which are home to the remains of 6 million Parisians and rank as the most unusual monuments in Paris.

The history of this French capital is full of intrigue, drama, tragedy and excitement, which is evident in the wide array of historical landmarks in Paris, all of which are sure to surprise you, while also helping you step back in time.
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Historic Sites In Paris

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Musee Du Louvre

  • Ranked as the most famous and beautiful historical places in Paris, Musee du Louvre, or The Louvre Museum, located inside the erstwhile Louvre Palace, is the best place to learn about the region’s rich history
  • As one of the top landmarks in Paris, it is in the Louvre Museum where you can learn about Paris, and France in general, from the medieval period all the way to the present days
  • Known for its glass pyramid entrance, the museum is also home to ancient Egyptian mummies, Roman statues, as well as the world-renowned Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, among other artefacts and paintings
Location: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Opening hours: 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. (Closed on Tuesdays)

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The Eiffel Tower

  • Built originally as apart of the 1889 World Exposition, the Eiffel Tower today ranks as one of the most famous landmarks in Paris
  • Often called the Iron Lady, the Eiffel Tower is also the major monument of this city in the whole world
  • The iron tower was named after Gustave Eiffel and stands tall at 314 metres, thereby also offering some of the most spectacular bird’s eye views of the city of Paris
Location: Champ de Mars, 5 Av. Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

Opening hours: 09:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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The Catacombs Of Paris

  • Amongst the more unique and unusual historical places in Paris, the origins of the Catacombs of Paris date all the way back to the early 18th century
  • The Catacombs used to formerly be mines which were later transformed into a labyrinth graveyard below the busy streets of the city, and now serve as home to more than 6 million deceased Parisians
  • In addition to being amongst the top landmarks in Paris, the Catacombs are also known to be one of the largest ossuaries in the whole world
Location: 1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

Opening hours: 09:45 a.m. to 08:30 p.m.

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Musée D'Orsay

  • Ranking as one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, Musee d’Orsay, located right in front of the Tuileries, is a museum that is tucked inside an old railway station which was built for the 1900 Paris World Fair
  • It is here where you can find some of the most important masterpieces of art from the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras, in addition to more than 900 paintings
  • The museum also boasts of an extensive collection of occidental art from 1848 to 1914, along with various permanent as well as temporary exhibits and displays
Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

Opening hours: 09:30 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

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05

Sainte Chapelle

  • Of all the historical places in Paris, Sainte Chapelle is quite possibly the most popular, located on the Ile de la Cité and dating back to the mid-13th century
  • Commissioned by King Louis IX, it is also one of the best landmarks in Paris, known predominantly for its stained glass windows, the colours of which still remain as vibrant as ever
  • It was earlier known as the “Holy Chapel,” and consists of some of the most beautiful floating chandeliers that are sure to take your breath away
Location: 10 Bd du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

Opening hours: 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.

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Arc De Triomphe

  • Pay a visit to one of the most iconic monuments in Paris, the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, which doubles up as a major icon of imperial France under the rule of Napoleon I
  • Ranking amongst the best landmarks in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe stands high at 164 feet above the ground, serving as a tribute to the French soldiers who lost their lives throughout the years of wars, from the Napoleonic Wars and the French Revolution, to WWI as well
  • The structure has an opulent arch which has engravings of the triumphs of the soldiers, their stories as well as pictures and words
Location: Pl. Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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07

La Conciergerie

  • La Conciergerie is one of the oldest historical places in Paris, located on the site of a Roman fortress, and was built as part of the Palais de Justice before it was transformed into a court and prison
  • The monument also housed the barbaric Revolutionary Tribunal during the French Revolution, wherein thousands of people were sentenced to execution
  • La Conciergerie is also the site where prominent French figures, including Marie Antoinette were imprisoned before being guillotined
Location: 2 Bd du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

Opening hours: 09:30 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

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Palais Garnier

  • Explore the Palais Garnier, which ranks at the top of the list of beautiful monuments in Paris and is also known as the Paris Opera,
  • It is famous for its architectural wonder, and is home to the city’s amazing classical music and ballet scene
  • This is amongst the best landmarks in Paris, dating back to the year 1875, when it was inaugurated as the Academie Nationale de Musique Théatre de l’Opéra
  • Known for its neo-baroque style of architecture, the Palais Garnier also boasts of beautiful carvings and structures at its entrance, in addition to stunning paintings, mosaic art and some of the grandest double staircase and interior acoustics
Location: Pl. de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, France

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

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09

The Panthéon

  • Built between 1758 and 1790 in the Latin Quarter, the Pantheon is one of the best historical places in Paris
  • This is a neoclassical style mausoleum which is home to the remains of some of the greatest French minds, including Rousseau, Voltaire as well as Victor Hugo, among others
  • Perched on top of the historic Montagne Sainte-Genevieve, the Pantheon is also said to be one of the very first major monuments ever built in Paris
Location: Pl. du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

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10

Place De La Concorde

  • Considered to be one of the most significant and important monuments in Paris, the Place de la Concorde was also one of the most infamous sites of the French Revolution, known for being the place where King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and many other prominent French figures were guillotined
  • The monument is also home to the ancient Luxor Obelisk, which was a gift to France from the Viceroy of Egypt in 1833
  • Dating back to the late 18th century, Place de la Concorde is one of the biggest squares in Paris as of today, and offers spectacular views of the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre as well as the Champs-Elysees
Location: 75008 Paris, France

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Les Invalides

  • If you are looking to visit old historical places in Paris, then Les Invalides, or Hotel National des Invalides is the place to be
  • Dating all the way back to the late 1600s, Les Invalides, is a huge complex that was built during the reign of Louis XIV as a hospital and home for ailing soldiers
  • Today, this structure also houses the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, making it one of the most popular landmarks in Paris
  • The grand complex of Les Invalides also consists of several museums, including the Army Museum
Location: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Of Paris

  • The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the oldest historical monuments in Paris, dating all the way to the 12th century, in addition to being amongst the best Gothic style cathedrals in the whole world
  • Ranked amongst the best landmarks in Paris, this Gothic cathedral is located along the banks of the Seine, and is synonymous with Parisian Christendom
  • Known for its dramatic architecture, grandeur as well as alluring stained glass windows, the Notre Dame Cathedral is also home to the Crown of Thorns, one of the major relics of the Passion of Christ
Location:  6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. to 06:45 p.m. (Monday to Friday); 08:00 a.m. to 07:45 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

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Montmartre District

  • If you are looking to visit historical places in Paris, the iconic Montmartre District should be at the top of your list
  • Known for its quaint and tranquil ambience, and an old world charm, this serene Parisian district is also a melting pot of art, cinema and local cultures
  • With cobblestoned streets, beautiful cosy gardens and even a local vineyard, the Montmartre District is also known to have served as the home of famous artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse, among others
Location: 18th Arrondissement, Paris, France

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Jardin Du Palais Royal

  • Dating back to the 1600s, the Jardin du Palais Royal is another one of the popular monuments in Paris, which was built around the neoclassical Palais Royal
  • Ranked amongst the most beautiful landmarks in Paris, this landscaped garden is a great place to relax and unwind, and boasts of boxed hedges, different galleries, as well as 260 black and white striped columns
  • The tree-lined walkways, beautiful flower beds and the large fountain in the middle make this garden even more opulent and luxurious
Location:  43 Rue de Valois, 75001 Paris, France

Opening hours: 08:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Crypte Archéologique

  • Amongst the oldest historical landmarks in Paris, the Crypte Archeologique is a hidden gem of the city, located right underneath the Notre Dame Cathedral and accessible by a stairwell in the plaza
  • It doubles up as an underground museum, which houses the ruins of the ancient Gallo-Roman Paris or Lutetia, and is said to date back to the 3rd century BC
  • You can find a wide array of remains here, from heating systems and age-old walls, to streets as well as homes from times immemorial
Location: 7 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

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People Also Ask About Paris

  1. What are the best Historical Places in Paris?

    1. Les Invalides: Considered to be amongst the top landmarks in Paris, Les Invalides was originally built as a hospital and home for soldiers wounded in battles. Later on, this hotel was transformed, and a chapel as well as the Dome Church were added into it. As of today, the building is said to be the largest complex of monuments in the city, with several museums inside it.

    2. Notre Dame Cathedral: The Notre Dame Cathedral is the most famous Gothic cathedral in the whole world, in addition to being included in the top landmarks in Paris. Still in operation, this church is known for its stained glass windows, magnificent structure, the archaeological crypt as well as numerous sculptures that you can find here.

    3. Sainte Chapelle: The Sainte Chapelle  is another one of the popular ancient landmarks in Paris, and is a Gothic church that dates back to the 13th century. In addition to impressive upper as well as lower chapels, this church is also famous for its Gothic architecture and stained glass windows, which are some of the best in the whole world.

    4. The Eiffel Tower: The Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly a major icon and the top landmarks in Paris, often being considered to be the very symbol of Paris and France in the whole world. Dating back to the late 1880s, this iron tower is one of the most famous tourist hotspots in Paris, and offers some of the most panoramic views of the city from its different floors.
  2. What is the most famous and iconic historical place in Paris?

    The Eiffel Tower is the most famous and iconic historical place in Paris. It is also amongst the best landmarks in Paris, sometimes also being referred to as the “Iron Lady,” or “dame de fer.” Initially built for the Paris International Exhibition in 1889 for the centenary of the French Revolution, this iron tower welcomes over 7 million visitors annually, and is also said to be the most visited paid-entrance monument in the whole world.
  3. What is the most visited monument in Paris?

    The Arc de Triomphe is the most visited and one of the top landmarks in Paris. Dating back to the year 1836, this magnificent arched structure was built to commemorate Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz in 1805. As of today, this structure stands to honour all the French soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Napoleonic Wars, WWI, as well as the French Revolution.
  4. Which is the oldest historical place in Paris?

    One of the most famous landmarks in Paris, in addition to being the oldest historical place in the city, is the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. The construction of this gothic-style cathedral began in the year 1163 and took over 300 years to complete. Complete with beautiful sculptures, gargoyles as well as mesmerising stained-glass windows, the Notre Dame Cathedral is also known for being the most beautiful Gothic cathedral from the Middle Ages.
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