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Paris is so unique and unmatchable that it is definitely worth visiting at least once a life. The sights of the city are so famous that one can describe them for long not even having ever been there. Revolutions and ages, wars and empires – Paris has seen a lot. And Paris has saved the evidences of what it witnessed long ago. Streets and parks, cathedrals and palaces, where the events described by Dumas and Hugo took place and seem to still be sensible, delicate taste in art, architecture and music – Paris has always been the center of the world’s attention. Paris became cultural dominant of Europe, just like Eifel Tower once had become vertical dominant of Paris.
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The L'Eglise Saint-Augustin is a Catholic church in Paris constructed in 1871. The church building with a dome 80 meters in height was the first sizable structure with a metal frame in Paris. Its architecture combines elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Byzantine styles.
Hôtel de Ville is the city hall of Paris, it has been the site of the city's municipality since 1357. The impressive 110 meters long facade of the building is decorated with statues of famous people who have left their mark in history of Paris – politicians, artists, scientists, industrialists and others.
The Parc des Buttes Chaumont is the third largest city park in Paris covering 25 hectares; it was designed by Jean-Charles Alphanum in the regime of Napoleon III. The park has a grotto, a lake, a pseudo-antique rotunda, three restaurants, two puppet theatres, a music shop and a children playground.
29 Avenue Rapp is an outstanding example of Art Nouveau style created by the architect Jules Lavirotte. The facade decorated with a variety of allegorical sculptures is a unified work of art. It was awarded the first prize in the Parisian Facade competition of 1901.
The Musée des Égouts de Paris is dedicated to the sewer system of Paris, starting from the Roman settlements of Lutetia up to the present time. The museum introduces methods of water purification, the structure of the sewerage network of Paris, and even allows visitors to see the sewer tunnel from the inside.
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The Catacombs of Paris is a 187- 300 km long network of underground tunnels located on the site of former quarries. In the 18th century the catacombs of Paris turned into an underground cemetery. A 1.5 km long tourist route allows visitors to see the walls of bones and skulls, bas-reliefs and monuments of the Catholic Church.
The L'église de la Madeleine is the church in Paris dedicated to Mary Magdalene, a fine example of Neo-Classical architecture inspired by the Maison Carrée at Nîmes. It has been built for over 85 years. The facade of the church is decorated with a sculptural image of the Last Judgment scene.
Jardin des Plantes de Paris is the main botanical garden covering 23.5 hectares. Founded in 1626 by healers of Louis XIII, it is tоday а part of the National Museum of Natural History. The grounds of the Jardin des Plantes include the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum, the Entomology Museum and a small zoo.
The Pont au Double is one of the most popular bridges in Paris. It was built in 1634 in order to carry patients to the Hôtel-Dieu hospital, which charged a "double" denier coin used to pay for the construction. Today it is a free pedestrian bridge overflowing with street performers and "living statues."
Les Invalides is a giant complex of buildings from the 17 century, founded by Louis XIV. It was a place for wounded and homeless French war veterans. On the territory of 180 thousand square meters there is the Soldiers’ Church, the majestic Cathedral with the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Army Museum and the burial site for some of France's war heroes.
Tour Montparnasse is the only skyscraper within the city limits of Paris built in 1972. The impressive tower consists of 57 floors; it is 209 meters tall and has a 70 meters deep foundation. Most of the floors are occupied by offices, on the top there is a restaurant and an observation deck with panoramic views of the city.
The Ile Saint-Louis is the smaller of two islands in the Seine located in the heart of Paris, to the East of the Île de la Cité. The Ile Saint-Louis appeals to all lovers of romance and history. Long time ago Baudelaire, Balzac and Dumas walked here, and now it is the place where the richest people of Paris live.
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is an Empire style monument built in the early 19th century in front of the Tuileries Palace on the orders of Napoleon who wished to immortalize the achievements of his army. The 19 meters tall arch is crowned with a sculptural composition representing the triumph of the Bourbons.
The Louvre is the most famous and popular museum of the world that stands inside the royal palace. The Louvre collection is considered to be the biggest and what’s more, it contains exhibits from all over the world. Here you can see Egyptian tombs and mummies and the star of Louvre – Mona Lisa!

You can plan you route through the most interesting for you halls in advance by studying the map of the Louvre on its official website  The site also provides detailed information on the opening hours of the museum, which varies depending on time of year and day of the week. Here services for purchase tickets online are specified. It is possible to buy the tickets to the Louvre directly at the box office, but then you should be ready for the long wait as the museum is famous for its queues. However, the true connoisseurs of art would never consider it as a serious obstacle.

The visitors can brighten up the waiting by admiring the magnificent glass pyramid of the Louvre, located in the courtyard at the main entrance to the museum. Its view is particularly impressive with the background of an ancient palace in the evening, when all around is transformed by luxurious illumination.
Pere Lachaise is a cemetery in Paris and the largest tombstone museum under the open sky covering 48 hectares. Over the course of 200 years many famous figures in culture, science and art were buried here, such as La Fontaine, Moliere, Oscar Wilde, Honoré de Balzac, Jim Morrison, James Rothschild and many others.
The Musée des Arts et Métiers is the oldest technical museum in Europe, founded in 1794. The museum presents 7 different collections of arts and industry put in chronological order: Scientific Instruments, Materials, Energy, Construction, Communication, Mechanics and Transportation.
The Opéra de Paris (Opéra Garnier) is one of the most famous opera houses in the world, a symbol of the era of Napoleon III. The theater opened in 1875 bears the name of its architect, Charles Garnier. The stunning building of Opera Garnier is impressive not only for its magnificent façade but also for its rich interior.
The Parc Monceau is a romantic park in Paris established in 1778 by Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans. This picturesque place with winding paths, hills, ponds, pseudo-antique buildings, monuments to writers and composers is a great option for those who enjoy walking and jogging.
The Eiffel Tower, a marvel of engineering and the symbol of Paris, attracts millions of people from all over the world. Any season and any weather the marvelous view from The Eiffel Tower enchants and astounds its visitors. Ascending the Tower to get to the observation deck at a height of 300 meters will surely amaze you. Equally picturesque view opens up from the second level of the Tower, where there is a cozy restaurant.

It is possible to buy tickets to the Eiffel Tower directly in its box office, however, in this case one should be prepared for quite a long queue. The wait can take up to 40 minutes if you want to ascend to the top, while climbing stairs to the second level of the tower could be a better option: the line here is shorter and the cost of the ticket is lower. Information on prices and open hours of the main sight of Paris is available on its official website

There is a chance to save time and avoid tedious queues by buying a ticket in advance. You can do it online  The ticket is valid for 20 minutes after the specified time on it, so do not miss the moment. Refunds for unused tickets are not carried out.
The Grand Palais was constructed for the Universal Exposition held in Paris in 1900. Today it is a prestigious cultural and exhibition centre. In the north wing of the Palace there is an Art gallery and the west wing contains the Museum of discoveries and inventions.
Basilique Saint-Denis is one of the most ancient churches of Paris, the pearl of medieval Gothic architecture, where 25 French kings, 10 Queens and 84 princes and princesses were buried. The Basilica was named in honor of Saint Denis who was martyred on the hill of Montmartre during the persecution of Christians in the third century AD.
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