“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” ? Thomas Jefferson
Paris, the French capital, is renowned for its art, fashion, history and architecture. It has many epithets - “the city of love”, “city of lights” and of course the “capital of fashion”. Paris has made its place in every traveller’s checklist. A city so beautiful, it has inspired great poets, writers and artists to exemplify the best of their works. Paris, with its mesmerizing architecture, curved streets and sheer beauty will make you fall in love with itself. Paris has so much to offer including the symbolic Eiffel tower and its well-renowned wines.
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Paris has the most visited museum of world, Musee de Louvre. It’s no surprise, as Paris has been a Mecca for artists from all over the world for centuries. It has been the birthplace of remarkable art movements including Renaissance and Romanticism. Home to remarkable artists like Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Henri Matisse, the city has indeed inspired some of their greatest works.
Paris also houses some of the oldest churches with their distinctive high Gothic architecture like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the church of Sainte-Chappelle.
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Parisian landmarks are full of architectural grandeur of historical significance. The most popular landmarks include the Arc de Triomphe which has a breathtaking Gothic and Renaissance design, overlooking the world-famous Champs-Elysees avenue. Also, the Chateau de Versailles is one of the famous landmarks known for its pious beauty. It was King Louis the XIII's hunting lodge and has declared a world-heritage site by UNESCO.
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Culture: Theater, Film and Music
Theater, film and music are an important component of French culture. The Palais Garnier an opera house built in 1875 is a thing of beauty for it is famous for the Chagall paintings on the ceiling. It is the place where mesmerizing performances of opera, ballet and symphony takes place. The Cinematheque Francaise also known as the Museum of French Cinema has the largest existing film archive. Music is also an important part of French culture.
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The Musee Carnavalet and the Musee de l'Armee are perfect destinations for insight on French and Parisian history. The Carnavalet, has two mansions, opened in 1880 as a place dedicated to Parisian history, with collections of artifacts from medieval times, antique furniture of the 15th to 19th centuries, French Revolution memorabilia, and numerable art pieces. The Musee de l'Armee contains 500,000 artifacts of French military history. The museum also has the tomb of Emperor Napoleon I.
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All this and much more makes Paris the city of love. A place you cannot help but fall in love with.