L’arc de Triomphe Stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the Place de l'Étoile. The triumphal arch honors those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. On the inside and the top of the arc there are all of the names of generals and wars fought. Underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I. a.
La Tour Eiffel The structure was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. It the most visited paid monument in the world. Upon the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940, the lift cables were cut by the French so that Adolf Hitler would have to climb the steps to the summit. Since 2004, the Eiffel Tower has hosted an ice skating rink on the first floor during the winter period. c.
Louvre Nearly 35,000 objects from the 6th millennium BC to the 19th century AD are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). Began as a fortress built in the 12th century under Philip II. d.
Water Lilies Water Lilies (or Nympheas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out the window of a train he was riding e.
Notre Dame France's "Point zéro", the reference point for distances along the highways starting in Paris, is situated in the square in front of the cathedral. There are five bells at Notre Dame. The great bourdon bell, Emmanuel, is located in the South Tower, weighs just over 13 tons, and is tolled to mark the hours of the day and for various occasions and services f.
La Seine There are 37 bridges over the River Seine just within Paris Legend has it that after Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431, her ashes were thrown into the Seine The river is a popular site for suicides and the disposal of bodies of murder victims. In 2007, 55 bodies were retrieved from its waters; in February 2008, the body of supermodel-turned-activist Katoucha Niane was found there g.
Versailles Versailles was the unofficial capital city of the kingdom of France from May 1682 until September 1715 Louis XIV chose the sun as his emblem. The sun was associated with Apollo, god of peace and arts, and was also the heavenly body which gave life to all things, regulating everything as it rose and set Throughout Versailles, decoration combines images and attributes of Apollo (laurel, lyre, tripod) with the king's portraits and emblems (the double LL, the royal crown, the sceptre and hand of justice). h.