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Top 10 Local Attractions in Paris

Since Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, one would think that there would be a thing or two to do. And on top of there being a thing or two to do, one might think that it would be great if there were a list of these great things. But, since Paris is such a cultural hot spot, culinary haven and historically significant city, the list of things to do in Paris would undoubtedly reach into the thousands. That’s why a list of the top 10 local attractions in Paris, France would be nice.

Well, Violà!

The Top Local Attractions in Paris

1. Les Carrières de Paris. Located underneath the 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th arrondissements (note that the tour only goes through the 14th), the Catacombs of Paris are an 18th century burial place. While this may sound like a morbid place to visit, you will be fascinated and amazed by the collection of bones of an estimated six million residents in this Paris France attraction.

2. The Eiffel Tower. Built for the World’s Fair in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognized structures on the planet.

3. Basilique du Sacre Coeur. Literally translated to “Sacred Heart,” this amazing church is believed by some to contain Christ’s heart. Also called the “wedding cake church,” Sacre Coeur sits atop Montmartre and offers tremendous views.

4. Notre Dame de Paris. This famed Gothic cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris. One of the earliest Gothic cathedrals, Notre Dame was one of the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress. If you're planning a family vacation to Paris, France, this may be a great place to visit.

5. Jardin du Luxembourg. The largest park in Paris, Luxembourg is quite popular with children and their parents because of a large playground, free puppet shows and a merry-go-round.

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6. Le Marais. Home to the famous street Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, le Marais is one of the most popular districts in Paris. Loads of great shopping, beautiful storefronts and fantastic Kosher delis (the area is a center for the Jewish community of Paris) make for enjoyable afternoons.

7. Arc de Triomphe. Located at the western end of the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe was built at Napoleon’s request in 1806 in order to pay tribute to his victories. It was completed in 1836 and is now the home of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

8. Le Musée du Louvre. First a fortress and then a royal residence for François I, the Louvre is now the largest museum in the world. The Winged Victory, Venus de Milo and, of course, the Mona Lisa, are just three of the Louvre’s many priceless works of art on display.

9. Centre Pompidou. Built as a modern art museum in 1977, the Centre Pompidou was widely unpopular when it was first built, due to its futuristic feel and colors. The people got over it and it is now respected for having one of the finest collections of modern art in the world.

10. Musée d’Orsay. Mostly known for its extensive collection of Impressionist art, Musée d’Orsay was once a train station. Across the river from the Louvre, this museum is a must see during your stay in Paris.

So that’s that. Armed with a list of the top 10 local attractions in Paris, you now know where to go and what to do while you’re visiting the city on your Paris France vacation.

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