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Musée de l'Orangerie

Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Paris

webmusee-orangerie.fr phone+33 1 44 77 80 07

Located on the bank of the river Seine in the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace (near the Concorde metro station) the Musée de l'Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. The most famous permanent art is the cycle of 8 murals - Water Lilies (known as the Nymphéas), painted by Claude Monet. You can find them under direct diffused light on the ground floor since 1927. The gallery also contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, Chaim Soutine, and Maurice Utrillo, among others.

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Musée Rodin

79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

webmusee-rodin.fr phone+33 144 186 110

The Rodin Museum is both a sublime, smaller museum and one of the city’s most relaxing green spots with its lovely garden sprinkled with sculptures and shade trees. Rooms on two floors of this 18th-century residence display extraordinarily vital bronze and marble sculptures by the French artist Auguste Rodin, such as: The Hand of God, The Burghers of Calais, Cathedral, that perennial crowd-pleaser The Thinker and the incomparable The Kiss. There are also some 15 works by Camille Claudel (1864–1943), sister of the writer Paul Claudel and Rodin’s mistress.

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Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris

websacre-coeur-montmartre.com phone+33 1 53 41 89 00

The Roman-Catholic basilica (built 1875-1914) is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the supposed excesses of the Second Empire and socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.

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Sainte Chapelle (Holy Chapel)

8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris

websainte-chapelle.fr phone+33 1 53 40 60 80

Located inside of the medieval complex of Palais de la Cité (Judicial palace) in the island Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris, the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle was built in 1243-1248 on request of French King Louis IX of France. The original purpose was to house the King´s collection of Passion relics, including Christ's Crown of Thorns - one of the most important relics in medieval Christendom. The chapel is considered among the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture.

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Paris Plage 2015 : July 20th-Aug. 23rd

Pont Neuf, Paris

Paris Plage is a popular annual beach summer event, located on the banks of the Seine River. 3,5 km long strip, artificially created by tons of sand, extends between bridges Pont Neuf and Pont de Sully. You can use here for free sunbeds, umbrellas, you can play beach volleyball, rugby and other sports and games, and - of course - there are beach bars... just like in a real beach resort! Fame of this summer attraction exceeded the borders of France. E.g., the British newspaper “The Telegraph” the Paris Plages ranked among the world's best city beaches alongside Sydney, Australia, French Nice or even the Brazilian Rio de Janeiro.

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Eiffel tower - new glass roof in the 1st floor!

Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris

webeiffel-tower.com phone+33 892 70 12 39

The most famous symbol of Paris was built by engineer Gustave Eiffel for the World Exhibition in 1889, held in celebration of the French Revolution in 1789. The tower rises 324 meters tall (1,063 ft); when it was completed at the end of the 19th century it was twice as high as the Washington Monument, at the time the tallest structure in the world. Most of the year it opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes 11:45 p.m. In the newly reconstructed 1st floor tourist can walk in the glass roof. Stand on a transparent glass window is a big challenge for all who have prone to vertigo because the depth of 57 m appears beneath their feet.

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Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum, Paris, France

weblouvre.fr phone+33 140 205 317

One of the largest and most important museums in the world is housed in the heart of Paris, in the expansive Louvre Palace and includes a collection of over 1 million works of art. The collection was first established in the 16th century as the private collection of King Francis I. One of the works of art he purchased was the now famous da Vinci´s Mona Lisa painting. Beside this picture the most precious works of art in the museum are the Venus of Milo, the Nike of Samothrake and the Dying Slave by Michelangelo.

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Chateau de Versailles

Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

weben.chateauversailles.fr phone+33 130 837 800

The grandest and most famous chateau in France is located 21km southwest of Paris. Versailles is best known for being the site of the vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV (France's greatest King ever, also called the Sun King) within what was previously a royal hunting lodge. To avoid queues is to buy the ticket directly from the Château de Versailles website. However, you can get to the Palace easily by train and buy tickets for each attraction once there. This may be the best approach if you want to see something in particular or just want to explore the enormous gardens.

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Musée d’Orsay

1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris

webmusee-orsay.fr phone+33 140 494 814

Located on the left bank of the Seine, the museum building was originally a railway station, Gare d'Orsay. It is well-known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces (the largest in the world) by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.

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