Tourism & Loisirs in Paris Concorde

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Below, you will find information on a selection of Paris main areas and monuments. Enjoy your stay in the City of Lights: la Ville des Lumières!

Place de la Concorde, près de l'hôtel Mayfair , hôtel 4 étoiles, Paris Centre

La Place de la Concorde

La Place de la Concorde The Place de la Concorde, which is the largest place in Paris, is situated along the Seine and separates the Tuileries Gardens from the beginning of the Champs Elysees. Jacques Ange Gabriel, Louis XV's architect, began construction in 1754 and completed it in 1763. It was thus called the Place Louis XV. The place was constructed to hold an equestrian statue of Louis XV that the city of Paris commissioned in 1748 from Bouchardon to offer to the king. The statue of Louis XV, removed during the Revolution, was replaced by the Obelisk of Luxor given by the viceroy of Egypt, Mohamed Ali, to Louis Phillipe.

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Musée du Louvre, près de l'hôtel Mayfair , hôtel 4 étoiles, Paris Centre

Le Musée du Louvre

The Louvre Museum is one of the oldest, largest, and most famous art galleries and museums in the world. It has a long history of artistic and historic conservation, inaugurated in the Capetian dynasty and continuing to this day. The building was previously a royal palace and holds some of the world's most famous works of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, Madonna of the Rocks, Jacques Louis David's Oath of the Horatii, Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo. It is located in the centre of the city of Paris, between the Rive Droite of the Seine and the rue de Rivoli in the Ier arrondissement. With 8.3 million visitors in 2006, the Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world.

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Champs-Elysées, près de l'hôtel Mayfair , hôtel 4 étoiles, Paris Centre

Les Champs-Elysées et l'Arc de Triomphe

The Champs-Élysées is the most prestigious and broadest avenue in Paris. The name refers to the Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed in Greek mythology. It is known as La plus belle avenue du monde "The most beautiful avenue in the world". The avenue runs for 2 kilometres (1.25 miles) through the 8th arrondissement in northwestern Paris, from the Place de la Concorde in the east, with its obelisk, to the Place Charles de Gaulle (Place de l'Étoile) in the west, location of the Arc de Triomphe. Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon, shortly after his victory at Austerlitz, the Arc de Triomphe was not finished until 1836.

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Opéra Garnier, près de l'hôtel Mayfair , hôtel 4 étoiles, Paris Centre

L'Opéra Garnier

The Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra de Paris or Opéra Garnier, but more commonly as the Paris Opéra, is a 2,200 seat opera house in Paris, France. A grand landmark designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time. In spite of change of names and the Opera company's relocation to the Opéra Bastille, the Palais Garnier is still known by many people as the Paris Opéra, as have all of the many theatres which have served as the principal venues of the Parisian Opera and Ballet since its founding.

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Grand Palais, près de l'hôtel Mayfair , hôtel 4 étoiles, Paris Centre

Le Grand Palais

Located in the heart of Paris on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Grand Palais is an iconic monument built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. Dedicated “by the French Republic to the glory of French art”, it was designated as a historic monument in 2000.

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Les Invalides, près de l'hôtel Mayfair , hôtel 4 étoiles, Paris Centre

L'Eglise des Invalides

Les Invalides in Paris, France consists of a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building's original purpose. It is also the burial site for some of France's war heroes, the most famous being Napoleon. Louis XIV initiated the project by an order dated November 24, 1670. The enlarged project was completed in 1676, the river front measured 196 metres and the complex had fifteen courtyards, the largest being the “Cour d'honneur”, "court of honour", for military parades.

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La Tour Eiffel, près de l'hôtel Mayfair , hôtel 4 étoiles, Paris Centre

La Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, Gustave Eiffel's was unanimously chosen. However it was not accepted by all at first, and a petition of 300 names - including those of Maupassant, Emile Zola, Charles Garnier (architect of the Opera Garnier), and Dumas the Younger - protested its construction. At 300 metres (320.75m including antenna), and 7000 tons, it was the world's tallest building until 1930. It was almost torn down in 1909, but was saved because of its antenna - used for telegraphy at that time. Beginning in 1910 it became part of the International Time Service. French radio (since 1918), and French television (since 1957) have also made use of its stature.

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Notre-Dame-de-Paris, près de l'hôtel Mayfair , hôtel 4 étoiles, Paris Centre

Notre Dame de Paris

The construction of Notre-Dame de Paris began in 1163 during the reign of Louis VII. Construction was completed roughly 200 years later in about 1345. From significant alterations during the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV to the 2nd of December 1804; when Napoleon seizes the crown from Pius VII and crowns first himself, then Josephine; from the Requiem Mass of General de Gaulle (12 November 1970) to Pope John Paul II celebrating Mass on the parvis (the real Center of Paris); Notre Dame is the witness of the History of France and the History of the World.

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Montmartre, près de l'hôtel Mayfair , hôtel 4 étoiles, Paris Centre

Montmartre et la Basilique du Sacré Coeur

The Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, "Basilica of the Sacred Heart" is a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. In popular culture, the area before the basilica has featured in many films, notably in 2001 film Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain). The basilica can also be seen in the window in background of the Audrey Hepburn film Sabrina while she is writing home to her father before returning home to America.

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