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  • Arc de Triomphe

    1. Arc de Triomphe

    Champs-Élysées | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Inspired by Rome's Arch of Titus, this colossal, 164-foot triumphal arch was ordered by Napoléon—who liked to consider himself the heir to Roman...Read More

    Arc de Triomphe
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  • Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

    2. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

    Montmartre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It's hard not to feel as though you're ascending to heaven when you visit Sacred Heart Basilica, the white castle in the sky, perched atop Montmartre...Read More

    Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
  • Centre Pompidou

    3. Centre Pompidou

    Marais Quarter | Library/Archive

    Love it or hate it, the Pompidou is certainly a unique-looking building. Most Parisians have warmed to the industrial, Lego-like exterior that...Read More

    Centre Pompidou
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  • Église St-Sulpice

    4. Église St-Sulpice

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Building/Architectural Site

    Dubbed the Cathedral of the Rive Gauche, this enormous 17th-century Baroque church has entertained some unlikely christenings—among them those...Read More

    Église St-Sulpice
  • Eiffel Tower

    5. Eiffel Tower

    Eiffel Tower | Building/Architectural Site

    The Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York and what Big Ben is to London: the ultimate civic emblem. French engineer...Read More

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  • 6. Fondation Louis Vuitton

    Western Paris | Museum/Gallery

    Rising up out of the Bois de Boulogne like a magnificent ship sporting billowing crystal sails, Frank Gehry’s contemporary-art museum and cultural...Read More

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  • Musée de Cluny

    7. Musée de Cluny

    Latin Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Built on the ruins of Roman baths, the Hôtel de Cluny has been a museum since medievalist Alexandre Du Sommerard established his collection...Read More

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  • Notre-Dame

    8. Notre-Dame

    Ile de la Cité | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Looming above Place du Parvis, this Gothic sanctuary is the symbolic heart of Paris and, for many, of France itself. Napoléon was crowned here...Read More

    Notre-Dame
  • Opéra Garnier

    9. Opéra Garnier

    Grands Boulevards | Arts/Performance Venue

    Haunt of the Phantom of the Opera and the real-life inspiration for Edgar Degas's dancer paintings, the gorgeous Opéra Garnier is one of two...Read More

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  • Place des Vosges

    10. Place des Vosges

    Marais Quarter | Park/Playground

    The oldest square in Paris and—dare we say it?—the most beautiful, Place des Vosges represents an early stab at urban planning. The precise...Read More

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  • Sainte-Chapelle

    11. Sainte-Chapelle

    Ile de la Cité | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built by the obsessively pious Louis IX (1214–70), this Gothic jewel is home to the oldest stained-glass windows in Paris. The chapel was constructed...Read More

    Sainte-Chapelle
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  • 12. Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue

    Marais Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Art Nouveau genius Hector Guimard built this unique synagogue (also called Synagogue de la Rue Pavée) in 1913 for a Polish-Russian Orthodox...Read More

  • 13. Archives Nationales

    Marais Quarter | Library/Archive

    Thousands of important historical documents are preserved inside the Hôtel de Soubise and Hôtel de Rohan—a pair of spectacular buildings constructed...Read More

  • 14. Conciergerie

    Ile de la Cité | Building/Architectural Site

    Most of the Ile de la Cité's medieval structures fell victim to wunderkind urban planner Baron Haussmann's ambitious rebuilding program of the...Read More

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  • 15. Église St-Germain-des-Prés

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Building/Architectural Site

    Paris's oldest church was built to shelter a simple shard of wood, said to be a relic of Jesus' cross brought back from Spain in AD 542. Vikings...Read More

  • 16. Fondation Le Corbusier

    Western Paris | Building/Architectural Site

    Maison La Roche is a must-see for architecture and design lovers. Built as a private residence in 1923, it’s a stellar example of Swiss architect...Read More

  • 17. Galerie Véro-Dodat

    Louvre | Store/Shop/Mall

    A lovely 19th-century passage that's been gorgeously restored, the Véro-Dodat has a dozen artsy boutiques selling objets d'art, textiles, furniture...Read More

  • 18. Grand Palais

    Champs-Élysées | Museum/Gallery

    With its curved-glass roof and gorgeously restored Belle Époque ornamentation, you can't miss the Grand Palais whether you're approaching from...Read More

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  • 19. Hôtel de Sens

    Marais Quarter | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    One of the few remaining structures in Paris from the Middle Ages, this little castle was most famously the home of Queen Margot, who took up...Read More

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  • 20. Institut du Monde Arabe

    Latin Quarter | Library/Archive

    This eye-catching metal-and-glass tower by architect Jean Nouvel cleverly uses metal diaphragms in the shape of square Arabic-style screens...Read More

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