I arrived at the Eiffel Tower through the Trocadero and the experience of seeing it past the Palais de Chaillot is spectacular. I still hadn't seen the tower from anywhere else in the city and I was delightfully surprised.
Before going on, I’d like to mention that you should pay attention to the Palais de Chaillot, a neo-classical building built for the Universal Expo, the Gardens of the Trocadero, and the Pont d’Iéna as you walk towards the tower.
I didn't go up the tower because I’m not good with heights, but walking around the base is just amazing. Oh, and you can’t miss seeing it at night when it’s all lit up. Beautiful!
The Arc de Triomphe in the Place de l'Etoile is one of the most iconic places in the French capital.
Basically, this is a monument to the French people. On the sides, there are allegories about the French Revolution, like the famous Marseillaise. Inside, the walls are covered in the names of generals who lost their lives in various wars. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame is the final addition.
This palace was built to house over 4,000 war wounded, but it is now a warm museum that’s sure to fascinate anyone with an interest in military history. For me, I preferred to just enjoy the elegance of the building itself and pay a visit to the tomb. It’s formed of six coffins of red porphyry that fit inside each other like a Russian doll. Within the same church, generals like Foch are buried alongside Napoleon. It’s an impressive and obligatory visit.
Inspired by the Roman Pantheon, its French sister was built in 1744 on the order of Louis XV in honor of St. Genevieve as a thanksgiving for his recovery from a serious illness. After the Revolution, the Church became a cemetery, where such notables as Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and Zola, among others, are buried. The front of the temple is lined with 22 Corinthian columns and a dome inspired by St. Paul's in London, all supported by a surrounding colonnade.
If you look, you can spot this late Gothic tower on the river, reflecting the love of medieval defensive towers in the sixteenth century. Built around 1523, it is all that remains of a Church, a meeting point for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The Church was destroyed after the Revolution. The mathematician Blaise Pascal, physicist, philosopher and writer of the seventeenth century, used the tower for barometric experiments. On the ground floor there is a statue in his memory. Queen Victoria passed through here on an official visit in 1854 and gave her name to the nearby Victoria Avenue. The tower is closed to the public.
Grande Arche de la Defense "Le Grande Arche de La Défense" is a huge building and monument. It is the flagship of Napoleon's famous triumphal arch, which is known for the route(Louvre - Arc de Triomphe - Grande Arche). It was opened in 1989, and was the bicentenary of the French Revolution, with a large military parade. The building is a hypercube of 35 stories. It measures 110 meters high, 108 meters wide and 112 meters deep. It is a stunning architectural construction and for any lover of architecture the Grande Arche is a very interesting study project. The outer facades of the building are covered with opaque glass panels designed to withstand inclement weather. On the top interior, the cross contains a conference center and exhibition hall, museum of computing, a restaurant and a viewpoint of "La Défense" and much of Paris. These facilities are open to the public (but not free). The sides are government offices and a documentation center of the European Union. If the day is clear, you should climb up. If it is cloudy, it may not be worth it. The restaurant features creative cuisine, but keep in mind that it is pricey as it is the restaurant of the Tour Montparnasse.
Right in front of the Louvre Palace stands the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, built in honor of the 1805 Napoleonic victories. The Arc was inspired by the Arch of Septimius Severus in Rome. The best thing is that it provides a point of reference to the Gardens of the Tuileries, the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe.
The Grand Palais is just off Pont Alexandre III and against the Petit Palais, the three monuments were built at the same time for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. It is noted for its huge glass ceiling and I recommend visiting at night because the show is remarkable: a crystal palace and lights, it's a nice scene. The building is nouveau mixed with classic art and is adorned with bronze statues of winged horses. Inside can only be seen after payment but you will, like me, I kept wanting.
This neoclassical building was designed by Louis Azéma-Auguste and Jacques Boiliau Carlin. It was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1937 and replaced the Trocadero Palace which was built in 1878. The palace with its huge curved columns on both wings ending in a huge hall, was decorated with sculptures and carvings. On the wall of the pavilions are inscriptions in gold by the poet and essayist Paul Valery. The plaza between the two pavilions are filled with ponds and large bronze sculptures, making it a spectacular place. The huge water canyons pointing at the Eiffel Tower are illuminated at night. The building houses four museums, the Cinematheque and a theater. On the terrace facing the square there are two bronzes by Henri Bouchard and Hercules Pommier. From the square a staircase leads to the Chaillot National Theatre, which enjoyed great fame after World War II with its avant-garde productions. The palace is open from 9.45 am to 17.15 pm.
Napoleon's Tomb is located in the dome of the Invalides (Paris). Red porphyry imported from Russia created the coffin. Napoleon died on May 5, 1821 with 51 years and always expressed his desire to be entombed underneath the banks of the Seine, but was buried in St Helena. In 1840 his remains were transported and laid to rest here. Since then, its historical importance has made it one of the most visited monuments in Paris.
On the Île de la Cité, the oldest part of Paris, we find La Conciergerie, a palace that became a jail during the Revolution and was home to the dreaded guillotine. At its height of use, this Gothic structure housed 2,600 inmates.
The building was renovated in the 19th century and now hosts concerts and wine tastings. The facade features a 14th-century clock tower. The nearest Metro stop is Cité. Remember that it's closed on holidays.
The Stravinsky Fountain (made by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely) was placed in a park overlooking the entrance to the Georges Pompidou Centre. The fountain has a modern style that is in keeping with the center, which is known for its avant-garde and original forms in Paris.
Go for a movie (the MK2 is close), eat churros, go out in the bars nearby, go to the Opera Bastille, or the arts and crafts market on Saturday. You will have to pass through Plaza Bastille as part of your Parisian adventures! An excellent starting point if you wish to visit Republique, Oberkampf and other areas ;)
This building, opposite Pont des Arts, is home to an institution that brings together 5 major schools: the French Academy, the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres, the Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. I felt privileged to be at the foot of this magnificent building.