9 Must-See Paris Landmarks

paris landmarks
Arc de Triomphe
Modeled after the ancient Roman Arch of Constantine by architect Jean-François-Thérèse Chalgrin, this monument was built to honor soldiers of the Napoleonic wars. Here you will find the Memorial Flame and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Louvre
Although originally built for the royal family, the Louvre has operated as a museum since 1793.
Musée d’Orsay
Once a Beaux-Arts railway station, this spectacular building on the left bank now operates as a world-class museum with artwork from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s.
Notre-Dame
Located on the thin Île de la Cité, this could be the most famous cathedrals in the world.
Opéra Garnier
Built in the late 1800s, this famous opera house served as the setting for the novel, The Phantom of the Opera.
Palais du Luxembourg
The seat of the French Senate, this building was originally built for Marie de Médicis, the mother of Louis XIII.
Panthéon
Though originally a church, this building now serves as a burial place for notable French citizens.
Sacré-Cœur
Perched on the summit of Montmartre, this basilica marks the highest point in Paris offering spectacular views of the city below.
Eiffel Tower
Designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 as the entrance to the World’s Fair, this iconic landmark has long served as the emblem of Paris.

Here we have gathered images of 9 of our favorites, but be sure to also explore:

  • Centre Pompidou
  • La Grande Arche
  • Fondation Louis Vuitton
  • The Picasso Museum
  • Grande Palais
  • Hôtel de Ville
  • Fondation Cartier
  • Jardin des Plantes
  • Palais de Justice
  • Palais de Tokyo
  • Philharmonie de Paris
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