Monuments with a view
Experience (or re-experience) the incredible architectural power of Paris. It’s possible, from on high at three iconic sites in the capital. Notre-Dame de Paris is a symbolic place that ranks at the top of the list when it comes to Parisian imagery. Over 14 million tourists a year visit this masterpiece of Gothic architecture (12th to 14th centuries), making it the most visited monument in Paris and Europe. The Pantheon, on Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, was built in 1790 and designed by architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot, who was aiming to compete with Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Alexandre Dumas, Voltaire, Rousseau and other key figures in French history are buried here. The Arc de Triomphe, located on Place de l’Étoile at the top of the Champs-Élysées, is one of the world’s largest arches. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate his victory at Austerlitz. Beneath the arch lies the tomb of the unknown soldier; its flame is lit every night. Each of these monuments offers exceptional panoramic views of Paris.
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