France that officially called as the Republic of France, is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in Western Europe and also has various overseas islands and territories located in other continents. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. The most famous city is Paris, with an interesting Eiffel Tower tourist destination. And below are the most popular & most visited major tourist attractions in France that you must visit.
1. Eiffel Tower
This is the most popular tourist destination in France, Eiffel Tower has been visited by 6.2 million peoples per year according in 2003 ranking. Eiffel Tower is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars on the banks of the River Seine in Paris. The tower has become a global icon of France and one of the world famous structure. With it’s 325 m (1.063 feet) in high, Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris and one of the most famous tourist attraction in the world.
Eiffel tower consists of three floors, at each floor there are ticket counters. To reach the first floor, the ticket price is 5 euro. For the 2nd floor 8 euro ticket prices, and to get to the highest floor at the top of the tower we had to pay another 12 euro. Floors 1 and 2 can be reached by stairs or lift, but to get to the top floor had to use the lift. It is very recommended to visit Eiffel Tower in the morning, because at noon, you will have to queue up for hours to buy tickets.
Champs-Élysées become one of the elite in Paris are used as tourist attractions. Here you will find a display case containing goods and famous perfume, in addition to expensive cafes that lined up along the street. Champs-Élysées is known as La plus belle avenue du monde or “the most beautiful street in the world”. The entry of the world chain stores in recent years has changed the original character of the avenue, and the first step to reduce these changes, the City of Paris decided in 2007 to ban the Swedish clothing chain stores, H & M opened its branch in this avenue.
3. Arc de Triomphe
Arc de triomphe de l’Étoile, commonly known as the Arc de Triomphe or Victory Gate is the arch-shaped monument of victory in Paris that stands in the middle area of Place de l’Étoile, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The building was constructed in 1806 on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte to honor the military service of his greatness. Unfortunately, Napoleon was deposed before the building was completed established.
4. Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris, built in 1755 in an area of 86,400 meters. Characteristic of this place is a monument and fountain. Formerly, the nobility laughing while watching the execution of criminals open up to opponents of empire. After the French Revolution, the reverse situation where the bourgeoisie was a gloomy face execution. Major tourist attractions itself changed several times. Starting from the “Place Louis XV”, “Place de la Révolution”, and finally “Place de la Concorde” as a symbol of reconciliation.
5. Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris, a significant church in Paris which mean “Our Lady of Paris”, also known as Notre Dame Cathedral or Notre Dame is an old cathedral that was one of the best heritage of French gothic architecture. This cathedral was built since 1163 and recently completely finished in 1345. Besides being tourist attractions, the Cathedral “Our Lady in Paris” is still used for the Mass Archbishop France. Notre Dame de Paris is often reputed to be one of the most prominent examples of Gothic architecture in both France and in Europe as a whole, and the naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture. The first period of construction from 1163 into 1240s coincided with the musical experiments of the Notre Dame school.
6. Musee Du Louvre
The Louvre Museum is one of the largest art museums in the world. Here andabisa see Mona Lisa (in Paris called “La Joconde”), or may be interested because the book “The da Vinci Code”, you still have to go to this museum. Previously, the building was converted into a museum the Louvre Palace (Palais de Louvre), which was built in 1190 and experienced the stage of completion of a building as it looks today in 1870. In 1989 the Chinese American architecture, IM Pei make the glass pyramid used as one of 3 entrances. To enjoy the museum which exhibits more than 35,000 objects of art from pre-history to the 19th century, you have to come in the morning around 09.00 am due to long lines, and you certainly are not going to waste your money after paying 9 Euros admission.
7. Parc de Sceaux
Parc de Sceaux is a beautiful park in the south of Paris, there is no entrance fee, you can enjoy it as long as you want, picnic, take pictures in the park, in front of canals and artificial lakes, or castle, playing ball or lay down on the grass. Transportation that will take you to the Parc de Sceaux: Metro or RER station down in Parc de Sceaux. Parc de Sceaux is one of the Paris RER B stations, located in the city of Antony. This is also the name of a park and castle from Jean-Baptiste Colbert.
8. Le Pere de Lachaise
This cemetery is located at 16 rue de Repos, arrondissment 9. Burial complex covering an area of 118 acres which contains the graves of famous people such as such as singer Edith Piaff, Jim Morrison, Chopin, and Oscar Wilde. Open hours 08:00 to 19:00. The entrance fee is free, the maps sold 2 euros at the entrance. Graves here were like works of art, tombs form a large and unique.
9. Musee D’Orsay
Musée d’Orsay (Orsay Museum) is a museum in Paris, which is located on the left bank of the Seine in the VII arrondissement. The museum is mainly to save the French art of the period of 1848 to 1914, such as paintings, photographs, sculptures and furniture from artists stream Impressionist and post-Impressionist like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh. 62 Rue de Lille, Paris 7th arrondissement, a longtime former railway station Gare d ‘orsay built in 1898 until 1910. Second-largest art gallery in Paris is exhibiting the works of French painter of art created since 1848 to 1915.
10. Sacré-Cœur Basilica
Sacré-Cœur Basilica that also known as Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, (Basilique du Sacré-Cœur), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. Located at 35 Rue de Chevalier-de la barre, Montmartre, the Byzantine-style Basilica was built between 1876 and 1912 became a prominent icon in the beautiful district of Paris. From the church you will be treated to views of the city of Paris that lay underneath. Walk to the other parts of Montmartre behind the church, you will be greeted many artists and street cafes and cozy restaurants. Montmartre is the highest hill around Paris, known as the “home” of many world famous artists such as Dalí, Modigliani, Monet, Picasso, van Gogh, Matisse, Renoir, and Degas.
Even there are still many beautiful tourist destination in France, but if you have an opportunity to visit this country. Don’t be forget to visit tourist attractions above, take the chance to visit most attractive place in the world.