Here it is possible to see the largest organ in France and the imposing, world-famous rose window. The Invalides houses the grave of Napoleon I. The stately white domes of the church of Sacré-Coeur on Montmartre can be seen high above from all over the city. The Place du Tertre behind the church is famous for its cafes where many artists, including the Impressionists used to gather – you can still have your portrait done here!
The famous Louvre Museum contains over 35,000 exhibits, including the Mona Lisa and many tourists admire the modern glass pyramid in the courtyard. The Eifel Tower has to be visited – the view from the top is amazing - and a stroll through the gardens to the Palais de Chailot on the other side of the river offer some of the best views in Paris. The modern cultural centre Georges Pompidou forms a complete architectural contrast.
The Place de la Concorde is reckoned by many to be the most beautiful square in the world at the foot of the Champs Elysees with its expensive shops and restaurants and the Arc de Triomphe at the highest point. Another perspective on the city is obtained from a trip along the river on one of the many boats offering trips of about one hour’s duration. The Boulevard Périphérique completely encircles the city and is the easiest way to reach the various parts of the city. Excellent air and rail connections make a journey to Paris easy.
Population: 2 166 200 (2005)