• The Louvre


Paris — the City of Light — has been a beacon of culture for centuries. As a world capital of art, fashion, food, literature, and ideas, it stands as a symbol of all the fine things human civilization can offer. Paris offers sweeping boulevards, chatty crêpe stands, chic boutiques, and world-class art galleries. Sip decaf with deconstructionists at a sidewalk café, then step into an Impressionist painting in a tree-lined park. Climb Notre-Dame and rub shoulders with a gargoyle. Cruise the Seine, zip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and saunter down Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Master the Louvre and Orsay museums. Save some after-dark energy for one of the world's most romantic cities.


At a Glance

▲▲▲ Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris' most beloved church, with towers and gargoyles.

▲▲▲ Sainte-Chapelle Gothic cathedral with peerless stained glass.

▲▲▲ Louvre Europe's oldest and greatest museum, starring Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

▲▲▲ Orsay Museum Nineteenth-century art, including Europe's greatest Impressionist collection.

▲▲▲ Eiffel Tower Paris' soaring exclamation point.

▲▲▲ Champs-Elysées Paris' grand boulevard.

▲▲▲ Versailles The ultimate royal palace (Château), with a Hall of Mirrors, vast gardens, a grand canal, plus a queen's playground (Trianon Palaces and Domaine de Marie-Antoinette).

▲▲ Orangerie Museum Monet's water lilies, plus works by Utrillo, Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, and Picasso, in a lovely setting.

▲▲ Army Museum and Napoleon's Tomb The emperor's imposing tomb, flanked by museums of France's wars.

▲▲ Rodin Museum Works by the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo, with many statues in a peaceful garden.

▲▲ Marmottan Museum Art museum focusing on Monet.

▲▲ Cluny Museum Medieval art with unicorn tapestries.

▲▲ Arc de Triomphe Triumphal arch marking start of Champs-Elysées.

▲▲ Jacquemart-André Museum Art-strewn mansion.

▲▲ Picasso Museum World's largest collection of Picasso's works.

▲▲ Pompidou Center Modern art in colorful building with city views.

▲▲ Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre White basilica atop Montmartre with spectacular views.

▲ Panthéon Neoclassical monument and burial place of the famous.

▲ La Défense and La Grande Arche The city's own “little Manhattan” business district and its colossal modern arch.

▲ Opéra Garnier Grand belle époque theater with a modern ceiling by Chagall.

▲ Jewish Art and History Museum History of Judaism in Europe.

▲ Père Lachaise Cemetery Final home of Paris' illustrious dead.

▲ Giverny Home to Claude Monet's colorful gardens and house, which displays Monet's collection of Japanese prints.