The Eiffel Tower is synonymous with Paris and is the go-to attraction for most visitors. Here we see the iconic lattice tower standing at 324 meters proudly overlooking Paris with the entrance on Champ de Mars. No visit to the ‘city of light’ is complete without a trip to one of the most recognisable structures in the world originally built in 1889 by engineer Gustav Eiffel to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution.
Interesting fact; it was originally envisaged the tower would only stay up for around 20 years - fast forward more than 125 years and it’s still one of the most frequented tourist attractions worldwide. Visitors can take the stairs or elevator to the three different observatory levels for superb panoramic views.
A famous connection to the Eiffel Tower is Lena Bridge (Pont d’lena) spanning the River Seine. It’s home to various statues and monuments.
But the city’s oldest bridge across the Seine is Pont Neuf dating back to 1578 and follows the Roman style comprising of arches.
Another of the city’s infamous landmarks is the Arc de Triomphe built to honour those who died fighting for France, especially the soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. The names of the brave are engraved on the monument situated in the busy Place Charles de Gaulle.
There are several sculptures here with the main statue of the Departure of the Volunteers of 1792 (Le Depart de Volontaires de 1972) being the most well-known and commonly referred to as La Marseillaise.
Nowhere near as imposing as the height of the Eiffel Tower, but an important monument at the same time, is the Luxor Obelisk. Gifted to Paris by Muhammed Ali, Khedive of Egypt, it was shipped in 1833 and sits in the Place de la Concorde, a major public square.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (Sacre-Coeur) is another Paris landmark that can be seen from all over the city. This shot shows an excellent view of the Roman Catholic church dominating the landscape and was taken from the Centre Georges Pompidou.
Visitors can take a look inside this beautiful basilica to see the ornate dome, pictured here, as well as climb to the top of the dome to check out the views. Many people gather here after dark when it is light up and draws in crowds to take photographs and enjoy the atmosphere of musicians and artists who perform in the area.
These 3D images are great but if you want the real thing, you’ll need to check out these Paris landmarks up close and personal. Aside from being considered one of the romantic cities in the world, Paris has great hotels for visitors needing a comfortable and cost-effective base from which to explore all Paris has to offer.