What to see in Paris

Paris museums, theaters, monuments, churches, and other top attractions

By Interest

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The Mona Lisa (1503–16)—called La Joconde in French—by Leonardo da Vinci (Photo Public Domain)
The Louvre
Paris: Louvre

So much more than just the Mona Lisa, Paris's Musée du Louvre is one of the greatest museums in the world

 
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The cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris (Photo by Giorgos~)
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Notre-Dame
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

Our Lady of Paris cathedral in Paris, France

 
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La Tour Eiffel from the ground (Photo by Michal Long)
Eiffel Tower
Paris: Eiffel Tower

The world's most famous TV antenna

 
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Les Coquelicots (Poppy Field) (1873) by Claude Monet (Photo Public Domain)
Musée d'Orsay
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Did someone say "Impressionists"? The Orsay Museum houses the world's largest collection of Impressionist art

 
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The Pompidou is not usually this uncrowded; I guess they cleared the rooms so President Barack Obama could admire the works in peace (Photo by Pete Souza)
The Pompidou
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

The Centre George Pompidou (sometimes called the Beaubourg) is Paris's premier modern art museum

 
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Le Penseur (The Thinker) in the garden of the Rodin Museum of Paris (Photo by Nicholas Boos)
Rodin Museum
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Rodin's Paris studio is one of the world's greatest small museums, filled with and surrounded by the master's sculptures

 
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You share your panoramic views of Paris from the Notre-Dame towers with the gargoyles (Photo )
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Towers of Notre-Dame
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

The towers and flying buttresses of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France

 
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The glorious stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle (Photo by Jean-Christophe BENOIST)
Sainte-Chapelle
Paris: Louvre

The stained glass wonderlands of Sainte Chapelle create architectures of light on the Île de la Cité

 
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Self-portrait (1906) by Pablo Picasso (Photo Public Domain)
Picasso Museum
Paris: Marais

The Picasso Museum of Paris

 
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The always popular place du Tertre (Photo by Alessandro Tortora)
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Montmartre
Paris: Montemarte

The original Bohemian 'hood: The Montmartre district of Paris

 
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One of the two oval Monet Waterlilies rooms in the basement of L'Orangerie (Photo by fmpgoh)
L'Orangerie
Paris: Louvre

Be surrounded by 360º of Monet Waterlillies

 
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The famous Unicorn Tapestries (La Dame à La Licorne), c 1500 (Photo by Joe deSousa)
Musée de Cluny
Paris: Latin Quarter

Paris's Museum of the Middle Ages is located in some ancient Roman ruins. CLOSED MAR-JULY 2018

 
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Galerie des Cerfs (Galley of the Stags), filled since the 1960s with bronzes cast at Fontainebleau by Primaticcio for Francis I (Photo by Alain G)
Fontainebleau
Paris: Île-de-France

Royal triumphs and disgraces at the fabulous palace at Fontainebleau

 
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A view of the palace's garden facade from the park (Photo by Marc Vassal)
Versailles
Paris: Île-de-France

The palace to end all palaces: The château and gardens of Versailles outside Paris

 
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Rue de la Huchette, one of the main streets of the Quartier Latin (Photo by Ninara)
The Latin Quarter
Paris: Latin Quarter

The Quartier Latin around La Sorbonne of narrow streets lined by shops and bistros

 
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A tree-lined path in Jardin des Tuileries (Photo by Gala Medina)
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Les Tuileries
Paris: Louvre

The Tuileries are the largest and oldest public gardens in Paris

 
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The square in front of Paris's City Hall becomes part of Paris Plage in summer, with sand trucked in and beach volleyball courts set up (Photo by Lionel Allorge)
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Hôtel de Ville
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

Paris has one of the world's loveliest City Halls, a 19C neo-Renaissance building by the Seine with free exhibitions

 
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Bois de Vincennes
Paris: Paris outskirts

A formal—and formerly royal—forest just outside Paris

 
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Notre Dame de Paris from pont de la Tournelle. Quai de la Tournelle on the left. (Photo by Lolowaro)
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Banks of the Seine
Paris: Louvre

The banks of Seine are now a park, with summertime beaches, bike paths, pedestrian zones, pools, gardens, foot bridges, and more—plus classic river cruises

 
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The facade of St-Suplice (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
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Saint-Sulpice
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

Delacroix frescoes and organ concerts in a Paris church

 
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