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  • Pont Neuf

    Pont Neuf

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  • Pont au Change and Conciergerie

    Pont au Change and Conciergerie

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  • The Bouquinistes of Paris

    The Bouquinistes of Paris

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  • Buidings of Front de Seine and Eiffel Tower

    Buidings of Front de Seine and Eiffel Tower

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  • Conciergerie and Ile de la Cité

    Conciergerie and Ile de la Cité

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Paris, the ambassador of French culture and world capital of fashion and luxury goods, is famous worldwide for the number and beauty of its monuments.

By choosing a well defined area, between the Pont de Sully and the Pont d'Iéna, Unesco has singled out the historic heart of the capital, the centre of "royal and aristocratic Paris". The royal power elected Paris as its residence from the 10th century onwards until Versailles was built. The area selected includes 23 bridges over the Seine, the Île Saint-Louis and the Île de la Cité.

The Seine

The river gave the city its motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur, "It drifts but does not sink". Along the embankments of Paris, a favourite place for a stroll, the booksellers' little green huts attached to the parapets offer passers-by books and etchings.

The Île de la Cité, mythical birthplace of the city, houses the Sainte-Chapelle, a radiant gothic gem built by Saint Louis in the heart of the Palais de la Cité, la Conciergerie, the remains of the palace of the Capetians, le Palais de la Justice, la place Dauphine. At the south-east point of the isle is the Notre-Dame cathedral. When it was completed in 1330 it was one of the largest cathedrals in Western Europe.

The Île Saint-Louis has kept all of its character, with elegant residences built by famous architects (Hôtel Lambert, Hôtel de Lauzun, etc.).

The two banks

On the right bank, you can find the Marais, its aristocratic residences, which have often become museums, its squares (de l'Hôtel de Ville, des Vosges, Sainte-Catherine…) and the Louvre, which opens onto the jardin des Tuileries. Up river, visitors discover the place de la Concorde, then the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais and the Palais de Chaillot… A parade of decades, the heirs of the great universal exhibitions that have left their traces in Paris.

On the left bank, the rue Saint-Jacques leads to the Quartier latin, the Palais de l'Institut de France, the Palais Bourbon, the Invalides, the Ecole militaire, the Eiffel Tower…    

Don't miss

  • the Eiffel Tower, for a view over the whole of Paris,
  • the Champs-Elysées, the world's most beautiful avenue,
  • the Musée du Louvre, with its stunning collections of works of art,
  • the promenade on boat sur la Seine.

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