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  • Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

    1. 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
  • Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

    2. Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

    Eastern Paris | Cemetery

    Bring a red rose for "the Little Sparrow" Edith Piaf when you visit the cobblestone avenues and towering trees that make this 118-acre oasis...Read More

    Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
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  • Jardin des Tuileries

    3. Jardin des Tuileries

    Louvre | Park/Playground

    The quintessential French garden, with its verdant lawns, manicured rows of trees, and gravel paths, was designed by André Le Nôtre for Louis...Read More

    Jardin des Tuileries
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  • Musée Cernuschi

    4. Musée Cernuschi

    Grands Boulevards | Museum/Gallery

    Wealthy Milanese banker and patriot Enrico (Henri) Cernuschi fled to Paris in 1850 after the new Italian government collapsed, only to be arrested...Read More

    Musée Cernuschi
  • Notre-Dame

    5. 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
  • Place des Vosges

    6. 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

    Place des Vosges
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  • 7. American Church

    Eiffel Tower | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Not to be confused with the American Cathedral, across the river at 23 avenue George V, this pretty neo-Gothic Protestant church was built between...Read More

  • 8. Arènes de Lutèce

    Latin Quarter | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This Roman amphitheater, designed as a theater and circus, was almost completely destroyed by barbarians in AD 280. The site was rediscovered...Read More

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  • 9. Bercy

    Eastern Paris | Commercial District

    Tucked away south of the Gare de Lyon in the 12e arrondissement, blocks of stone warehouses that once stored wine are now home to Bercy Village...Read More

  • 10. Bibliothèque Nationale Richelieu

    Louvre | Library/Archive

    Superseded by the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterrand, France's longtime national library now hosts well-done temporary exhibits, often...Read More

  • Castel Béranger

    11. Castel Béranger

    Western Paris | House/Mansion/Villa

    It's a shame you can't go inside this house, which is considered the city's first Art Nouveau structure. Dreamed up in 1898 by Hector Guimard...Read More

    Castel Béranger
  • 12. Champ de Mars

    Eiffel Tower | Park/Playground

    Flanked by tree-lined paths, this long expanse of grass lies between the Eiffel Tower and École Militaire. It was previously used as a parade...Read More

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  • 13. Église de la Madeleine

    Louvre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its rows of uncompromising columns, this enormous neoclassical edifice in the center of Place de la Madeleine was consecrated as a church...Read More

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  • 14. Église St-Germain-l'Auxerrois

    Louvre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 500 AD, this grand church across from the Louvre's eastern end is one of the city's oldest. It was destroyed during the Norman siege...Read More

  • 15. Église St-Merry

    Marais Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This impressive Gothic church, in the shadow of the Centre Pompidou, was completed in 1550. Notable features include the turret (it contains...Read More

  • 16. Fragonard Musée du Parfum

    Grands Boulevards | Museum/Gallery

    More of a showroom than a museum, the small exhibit run by parfumier Fragonard above its boutique on Rue Scribe is heavy on decorative objects...Read More

  • 17. Galerie Vivienne

    Louvre | Store/Shop/Mall

    Considered the grande dame of Paris's 19th-century passages couverts —the world's first shopping malls—this graceful covered arcade evokes...Read More

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  • 18. 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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  • 19. Hôtel de Sully

    Marais Quarter | Garden/Arboretum

    This early Baroque gem, built in 1624, is one of the city's loveliest hôtels particuliers. Like much of the area, it fell into ruin until...Read More

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  • 20. Hôtel de Ville

    Marais Quarter | Government Building

    Overlooking the Seine, City Hall contains the residence and offices of the mayor. Reconstructed in 1873 after an attack by rioting crowds, it...Read More

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