Tour Paris in 30 pictures
Paris is nothing if not photogenic. Filled with a charming blend of towering high-rises and cobblestoned side streets, the city that captured the hearts of writers like Ernest Hemingway and Ralph Waldo Emerson is at once cosmopolitan and quaint. Visitors to the City of Lights (or "la Ville des Lumières,” as they call it in French) will find old buildings like La Sainte-Chapelle or La Sorbonne sharing space with modern feats like the Géode or the La Grande Arche.
The picturesque city is brimming with art and culture. It is the birthplace, after all, of famous painters like Claude Monet and Edgar Degas; writers like Simone de Beauvoir and Voltaire; and filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. Take a stroll through its streets and you’ll find a colorful kaleidoscope of museums, arthouses, restaurants, galleries, and other scenic gems.
To give you a sense of what the city looks like, Stacker has put together a 30-photo tour of what the city has to offer. Scroll through to take a look at just some of the locations that make this city so iconic.
View from Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower, which stands an impressive 1,060 feet tall, was built in 1887 to honor the centennial of the French Revolution. It served two years later as the main exhibit at the World's Fair of 1889 and the temporary structure was slated to be torn down in 1907. But people loved the structure so much that officials decided to keep it. In this view from the top, tourists can peer through the telescope to see some of the most stunning views of the city.
Eiffel Tower at night
The Eiffel Tower is an impressive sight to take in at any hour. But at night, the monument becomes especially breathtaking. The tower is illuminated for five minutes out of every hour on the hour, every evening of the week, and is equally stunning whether you stand below the structure and look up or soak in the full view from across the city. Taking photos of the Eiffel Tower at night is officially illegal; however, the rule is seldom enforced.
Bathed in beautiful golden light, these Haussmann-era buildings represent the classic Parisian architecture that so many people call to mind when they think of the City of Love. This recognition comes courtesy of Georges-Eugène Haussmann, a 19th-century prefect who was appointed by Emperor Napoleon III to revamp the city’s buildings. Between 1853 and 1870, Haussmann carried out a large-scale urban planning project that changed the architectural aesthetic of the city and continues to define it to this day.
Pont Alexandre III
Arching ornately over the beautiful Seine river, the Pont Alexandre III bridge joins the area around Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower with the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The bridge, which connects the seventh and eighth arrondissements of Paris, is one of the most picturesque structures in the city and features 55-foot pylons topped with gilt bronze sculptures.
The Museum Carnavalet is Paris’ oldest municipal museum and as such, it holds a rich history in itself, while also telling the story of the city’s past. Visitors to the museum can walk through the decorative building and feast on elaborate displays showcasing French Revolutionary artifacts, archaeological remains, architectural elements, and other mementos of bygone eras.
Notre Dame in the early morning
Few cathedrals in the world are as iconic as the Notre-Dame. The medieval Catholic monument is at its finest early in the morning—which also happens to be the best time to appreciate the building’s stunning French Gothic architecture without having to fight hordes of crowds.
Gargoyle watching from atop Notre Dame
The view of Paris from the top of the Notre Dame seems to stretch for miles. The cathedral, which took more than 200 years to build and was completed in 1345, sits on the Ile de la Cite island on the Seine river. It is the modern-day seat of Paris’ archbishop, who holds Sunday mass there every week.
Les Deux Magots
Nestled in the chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, the famous Les Deux Magots cafe has been a favorite spot throughout history of famed artists and intellectuals including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, Pablo Picasso, James Baldwin, and others. The café is so well-known for hosting writers that it even has a literary prize named after it: the Prix des Deux Magots.
Arc de Triomphe by night
The iconic Arc de Triomphe at night doubles as a viewing platform for watching the city lights. Inside, visitors can climb a winding, 300-step staircase to an indoor museum with adjacent rooftop platform. The monument, which commemorates soldiers who fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, joins the eighth, 16th, and 27th arrondissements.
Situated in the city’s fourth arrondissement, the 1970s-era Centre Pompidou is a giant salute to art, music, and literature. The structural expressionist-styled building is the brainchild of British and Italian architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, and Gianfranco Franchini. Centre Pompidou is home to Europe’s largest collection of modern art (the Musée National d'Art Moderne), along with a huge public library and center for music and acoustic research.2018 All rights reserved.