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6 Places to Visit in Paris

6 Places to Visit in Paris

6 Places to Visit in Paris

Paris, which has survived revolutions, invasions and resistances throughout its history, but has not lost its texture, can be called not only the capital but also the heart and soul of France. For example, places like Nice, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Riviera are beautiful settlements on the Mediterranean coast, but they do not reflect French culture as well as Paris; They are not much different from the northern cities of Italy. Paris is France itself.

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Eiffel Tower

The first image that appears in everyone's mind when it comes to Paris is of course the Eiffel Tower. In fact, when it was first built 130 years ago, it was planned to be disassembled within 20 years, and for this purpose, it was specially designed to be easily disassembled. According to the allegations, they gave up on it just because it was found useful as a telegraph pole, but I think they did not do this because they did not want to lose the tourist interest. It is an important historical fact that many Parisians found ugly and opposed during the design and construction of the tower. Even the famous storyteller Guy de Maupassant was so disturbed by this structure that he came to eat his lunch in the restaurant in the tower. The reason is that this is the only restaurant in Paris where the Eiffel Tower is not visible!

Despite all these criticisms, the Eiffel Tower is still the most visited tourist destination in the world, of course, the places visited without tickets / free of charge are not included in this list. Today, about 7 million people a year wait in line to climb this iron tower. To get up to the 2nd floor, you have to pay 10 Euros by stairs, 16 Euros by elevator, and 25 Euros to reach the top. It is an undeniable fact that the view offered by Paris on a sunny day is magnificent. So you can be the capital city without erecting skyscrapers everywhere.  
 

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Notre Dame Cathedral

This 700-year-old cathedral is actually located on one of the two islands in the Seine River. Named as Ile de la Cite, the "city island", this island is the point where the first settlement was established in Paris. According to the accounts, the people of Parisii, a Gaul tribe who escaped from the invasion of Caesar, settled on this island they thought they could easily protect because it is located in the middle of the river. As you can imagine, the name of the city comes from them. Thanks to the river, having access to commercial lines, drinking and cleaning water and protection against aggressors, the settlement grew and over time spread to both sides of the river, creating the current metropolis.

You can use boat tours on the Seine River for transportation to Notre Dame Cathedral. Of course, it is possible to reach by road by passing through aesthetic bridges, but the tours offer a nice and nostalgic trip. It is possible to imagine yourself as one of the Vikings who came to plunder Paris this same way, or as a sea merchant from the Middle Ages. Its two imposing towers seem solid as if they were built to reassure the people who took refuge here when the city was attacked. The stones, on the other hand, have fine ornaments as if they were embroidered with crochet. Also, the gargoyles in the tower are so impressive that I still shiver when I think of the images. You can visit the cathedral free of charge every day between 7:45 and 18:45, but you may be asked to be respectful as the interior is still used for worship.  


Champs-Elysees

Walking this wide street between Concorde Square and the Arc de Triomphe is a must for tourists coming to Paris. You know, every tourist who comes to Istanbul has to walk from Taksim Square to the Tunnel once, this is his French version. I'm sure you will walk at least one tour with this group of people from all nations.

There is an obelisk brought from Egypt in Concorde Square. Taking symbolic objects from the already occupied place and carrying them to their city is a power show that goes back to Ancient Sumer. I guess there were deep psychosocial causes going back to the stone age, but now this article is not his place. Take a picture of yourself with this beautiful obelisk (you'll have to take it lengthwise). The history of the square is the greatest proof that violence was not directed only to foreigners: There is no limit to the heads that were cut in this square where the guillotine was set up during the revolution, especially King Louis XVI and his famous wife Queen Marie-Antoinette gave their last breath in this square. Of course, now there is a joyful atmosphere with photographers, street musicians and performance artists.  
 

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Louvre Museum

I can say that the Louvre, probably the most famous museum in the world, is undoubtedly my favorite place in Paris, thanks to Mona Lisa (and a little Dan Brown). Even if you spend your whole day in this huge museum that used to be a palace, it is not possible to visit every exhibition. Especially in the Napoleonic era, everything worth seeing in Italy and Egypt was looted and moved to Paris. Similarly, it is known that the British and the French competed to smuggle artifacts from Anatolia and Greece, which was under Ottoman rule at that time.

Except Tuesdays, you can travel between 09:00 and 18:00, and on Wednesdays and Fridays they reduce the closing time to 21:45, if possible, choose these days. Go early, stay until the last minute. Easy to reach by metro. Admission is 15 Euros. Get ready for a free but apocalyptic crowd on July 14, the French national day. In addition, every Friday after 18:00, it is free for those under the age of 26, but what you can see in 3 hours is limited. Large bags are not accepted inside, you have to leave them in the safes outside. The glass pyramid in front of the museum is also interesting by itself, anyone who reads the Da Vinci Code knows.  


Pantheon

Originally built as a church, this building was reserved for the graves of respectable people after the revolution. This tradition continues, for example, Nobel chemist Marie-Curie and his wife Pierre, with whom he shared the prize, were also buried here, and the grave of Alexandre Dumas was recently moved here. This is the eternal place of writers like Victor Hugo and Emile Zola that I mentioned at the beginning, and thinkers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire. It has an ancient Greek style colonnaded and triangular roofed entrance and a narrow dome. Open every day between 10:00 and 20:00, entrance fee 7.50 Euros. Since it is close to Notre-Dame, you can stop by that day, or even take a look at the Curie Museum on its lower street if you are interested (free of charge, open Wednesday to Friday from 13:00 to 17:00). It is possible to say the brain of Paris for this region, where the Sorbonne University is located, and it is known as the Latin Quarter since the students spoke Latin.  


Versailles

This palace, which has a television series in its own right, has left its mark on the most glorious years of France and is larger than many towns, is located outside of Paris, but you can reach it by train in half an hour. Already, the Sun King Louis XIV had this palace built on the grounds of an old hunting lodge just to get away from the dirty and stinking air of Paris, despite the fierce objections of the aristocrats. It is also among the facts of history that he kept thousands of nobles under surveillance by forcing them to move here with him and imposed etiquette on them. There were even attempts of aristocrats to rebel against this situation.

Today, the palace is full of tourists, not French nobles (and servants). Admission is 20 Euros, you can visit it between 9:00 and 17:30 except Mondays. Be sure you will get tired because the palace is as big as the ego of the Sun King Louis XIV, and I am sure you can guess the size of the ego of a man who calls himself the sun. Of course there is a lot to see.
 

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