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Culture of Paris. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

paris Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris is, without a doubt, one of the most prominent symbols of the French capital. It never ceases to amaze its visitors with its unusual architecture and rich decorations. Many believe that alchemists have encrypted the recipe of the philosopher's stone in the architecture of the building. The church is decorated with colorful stained-glass windows, and its walls depict scenes from well-known religious parables. Basilica of Sacre-Coeur is another famous religious attraction of the city. Its architectural style is a unique combination of Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine traditions.
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The legendary Moulin Rouge cabaret is famous far beyond the borders of the country. The cabaret has frequently become the inspiration for filmmakers, who have devoted many movies to it. Nowadays this is not just a nighttime entertainment, but a real museum. The halls of the cabaret are decorated with antique furniture, and on its walls you will see photos and newspaper clippings, some of which are more than one hundred years old. Every tourist should definitely see this wonderful show at least once and make a walk in a magnificent garden of music-hall.
Champ de Mars (the Field of Mars) is a great place for walks. This is a beautiful area which is decorated with colorful flower beds and fountains. During national holidays the majority of festive events and performances takes place right here. Art lovers will be surely interested in visiting Rodin Museum, which is located in one of the old mansions. Besides the priceless works of the famous sculptor, the museum also houses several collections of paintings. Rodin Museum has become a regular venue for various exhibitions of contemporary art. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Arc de Triomphe remains a permanent symbol of victory. This is one of the best-known architectural landmarks of Paris. The walls of the arch are covered with engravings with the names of prominent French generals, and the sculptures that decorate the arch remind of the great victories of Napoleon. Amazingly beautiful Sorbonne is one more place that simply cannot be ignored. Today it is considered the most prestigious school in the country. The university was founded in the beginning of the 13th century. Originally this was a small school for theologians. Today tourists can walk in its beautiful audiences, visit the old library and attend the historical museum. Place de la Bastille is one of the main historical attractions of Paris. The square is the location of numerous interesting sites and monuments.
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Louvre Museum, Paris

» Initially, the Louvre has been built as a military fortress, later it became a royal residence, and only in 1793 museum’s doors were first opened to the public.
» The Louvre is a building consisting of four parts; they are called wings, and each of them serves for its special purpose.
» The Louvre Museum houses some of the most famous works of art in the history of human civilization. Artworks shown in the Louvre have being collected by French government during last 500 years.
» It would take more than a day to explore the Louvre Museum. If you want to see all the exhibits, the best solution is to find a hotel near the Louvre and devote at least a week of free time to go around the museum.
» The Pyramid is the third most popular art object among visitors after the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.
» Napoleon I has made special contribution to the expansion of Louvre collection. He demanded tribute in the form of works of art from each of the defeated nations.

Basilique du Sacre Coeur, Paris

» Sacre Coeur, literally Basilica of the Sacred Heart, is a bizarre imitation of a Byzantine church. The tower and the snow-white dome became an integral part of the Paris sky.
» The Cathedral is almost as high as the Eiffel Tower. The dome of the cathedral is equipped with an observation deck, which offers spectacular panorama, where Paris and its surroundings are clearly visible.
» The basilica owes its current name, Sacre Coeur, to the Catholic feast of the Sacred Heart of Christ, and the temple is dedicated to the memory of victims of the Franco-Prussian War.
»  There is the crypt under the altar and choral part of the basilica, where you can see church relics and the stone statue of Jesus with his glowing heart.
» The milky-white tone of Sacre Coeur is due to stone selected for constructing the Basilica. It was produced not far from Paris, in the town of Château-Landon. As it turned out, it has the property to turn white after been sprinkled by water.

Sainte Chapelle, Paris

» Sainte Chapelle is the Gothic chapel and reliquary in the former Royal Palace on the Ile de la Cité in Paris built by Saint Louis.
» Sainte Chapelle features the most complete ensemble of stained glass art of the 13th century and is considered one of the most beautiful Gothic churches of small size.
» Sainte Chapelle is a two-storey building conventionally divided into upper and lower levels, equal in size and different in height.
» The lower chapel was dedicated to the Virgin Mary; it was visited by palace servants. The upper level was aimed at royals and nobility; it was built in honor of the Holy Cross.
» More than 1,134 biblical and religious stories can be seen at stained glass windows of the Sainte Chapelle. About 700 of them have survived from the 13th century to the present day in their original form, and the rest were reconstructed.
» In order to admire beauty of stained glasses of Sainte Chapelle in full, it’s recommended to visit the chapel on a sunny day. In this case the second tier of stained glass will look just great.

Luxembourg Palace, Paris

» Luxembourg Palace was built for Queen Marie de Medici; her contemporaries have said that it has been the most beautiful palace in Paris.
»  Marie de Medici asked the famous painter Rubens to help with interior, as Parisian aristocracy was well aware of his works. To decorate the interiors of the Luxembourg Palace the artist has specially created a series called Marie de' Medici Cycle consisting of 24 paintings depicting her life.
» During the French Revolution the palace served as a prison for nobles. Josephine de Beauharnais, Napoleon's future wife, as well as Lanton and Desmoulins were sentenced there.
» The park of Luxembourg Palace features the Statue of Liberty of about two meters high.
» Today the palace houses the Musee de Luxembourg and French Senate.

Palais de l Elysee, Paris

» Elysee Palace is the symbol of supreme power in France.
» The interior of the personal area of the President at the heart of the Elysee Palace has been almost unchanged from 1861. De Gaulle has put the globe there, and the Pompidou hung a picture of Nicolas de Stael on one wall.
» The underground of the Elysee Palace houses the Jupiter Room, where the president may order the use of French nuclear forces. There are three TV screens for direct communication between the President, the Minister of Defense and Air Force Strategic Command.
» According to established protocol, the ‘first table’ of France provides 60 cm of space for each guest. When receiving VIPs, another 10 cm are added, and arm-hairs are placed instead of chairs. Dinnerware is stored in a special room in 35 wooden chests, in special leather containers and boxes of numerous drawers.
» Chef of the Elysee Palace uses a card file menu in order to avoid repetition of dishes for visitors who dine there not for the first time.
»  The excursion along the halls of the palace is held once a year, on the Cultural Heritage Day in early September. In the rest of the year, unfortunately, the palace can be viewed only through the garden fence.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Paris

Père Lachaise
Where: Boulevard de Ménilmontant, 20th Arr., Paris; Metro: Line 2 Philippe Auguste;
Jardin du Luxembourg
Metro: RER B Luxembourg;
Musée d’Orsay
Where: 62 rue de Lille, 7th Arr., Paris; Telephone: +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14; Metro: Line 12 Solférino or RER C Musée d’Orsay;
Musée des Arts d´Afrique et d´Océanie
Where: 293 avenue Daumesnil, 12th Arr., Paris; Telephone: +33 (0)1 44 74 84 80; Metro: Line 8 Porte dorée;
Le Marais
Where: Bastille, Chemin Vert, Pont Marie, Saint-Paul, Saint-Sebastien-Froissard, Sully Morland, Paris;
Montmartre
Metro: Line 12 Abbesses;
Versailles
Where: Versailles, Paris; Telephone: +33 (0)1 30 83 78 00; Metro: RER C, Versailles;
Bateaux Mouches
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Culture guide to Paris. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Paris: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Paris. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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