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Attractions organized by area:
    +++Notre Dame
    Pont Neuf
    +++Saint Chapelle
    Musee` Picasso
    ++Place Des Vosges
    Hotel de Sully (62 rue Saint-Antoina)
    ++Hotel de Ville
    Centre Pompidou
    Cesar Baldaccini's "Le Pouce" (giant bronze thumb) outside the Pompidou
    Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers (eg automata)
    +St Eustache
    Les Halles: Henri Miller's sculpture "Ecoute/ Sleepy Head"
    +Tour St Jacques
    Tuileries with Louise Bourgeois' "Maman" (1999)
    Place de la Concorde
    Place Vendome
    st Germain Des Pres
    +++Musee` d'Orsay
    Cluny (museum)
    Jean Nouvel's L'Institut du Monde Arabe (1987)
    Biblioteque St Genevieve near Pantheon (interior)
  • EAST
    Digital art center Atelier Lumieres (11th arrondissment, 38 rue Saint Maur, metro stations Voltaire, Saint-Ambroise, Rue Saint-Maur, Pere Lachaise)
    Perrault's +Biblioteque Nationale (south of Gare de Lyon, near Pont de Bercy)
    Jakob + MacFarlane's Cite de la Mode (2008, near Pont de Bercy, rive gauche, the other side of the Seine from Quai de la Rapee and Gare de Lyon)
    +Invalides (1691)
    +Tour Eiffel
    +Musee` Rodin
    Dani Karavan's Square of Tolerance (1993) in the Sculpture Garden, UNESCO headquarters
    Palais de Chaillot (with the museum City of Architecture)
    Arc de Triomphe
    Champs Elysees
    Opera (1862)
    Biblioteque Nationale, Salle Ovale (Rue Vivienne 5bis)
    +Place du Tertre
    ++Sacre Coeur
    Montparnasse Cemetery (Brancusi's "Kiss")
    Tour Montparnasse, Paris' first skyscraper (1973)
    LeCorbusier's Pavillon Suisse, Cite Universitaire (near Porte d'Orleans, 200 meters to the left from the main gate of the campus)
    CIte` des Sciences
    ++Grande Arche
  • MARNE-lA-VALLEE (eastern suburbs of Paris)
    +Bofill's "Spaces of Abraxas" (1982) (RER A station Noisy Le Grand, then walk 500 meters)
    +Bofill's Taller de Arquitectura, St-Quentin-en-Yvelines (train from Gare Montparnasse operated by Transilien)
    ++St Denis (+Suger's choir)
    Jouy-en-Josas (south-western suburbs of Paris): Arman's "Long Term Parking" (in the Chateau de Montcel)
    Le Chateau du Montcel (southwest of Paris - 54 Rue Charles de Gaulle, Jouy-en-Josas)

  • Map of Paris districts
    My pictures of Paris
    Notes (2008)
  • See also the page on France
  • Recommended churches: Saint Chapelle, Notre Dame, St Eustache, Souflot's St Genevieve (1757)
  • Recommended restaurants: Anika (Rue Dancourt 10, near Montmartre, Metro Anvers), all the Indian restaurants in Passage Brady (metro Chateau d'eau ou Strasbourg St Denis)
  • Modern architecture: Grand Arc (Defense), Cite des Sciences
  • Recommended museums: Orsay (impressionists), Louvre (painting, antiquity), Orangerie (Monet), Cluny (medieval), Pompidou (modern art), Rodin, Picasso.
  • Museums in Paris. If you don't know much about art, Paris is the place to go: the museums have all the big names. If you know about art, you may be disappointed: they mostly have minor works by great masters. All the great impressionist paintings are abroad. The Orsay is a good example of a large museum (and a beautiful one) that contains mainly minor works by famous artists. The Louvre has mainly second-rate French paintings, with a few Italian stars. The exceptions are notable, though: L'Orangerie contains the huge Monet frescoes, and the Rodin has several masterpieces of modern sculpture. Remember that museums in Paris are closed on tuesdays.
  • Versailles (2021): take the train to Chateau Rive Gauche (shorter distance to the palace than Rive Droit) and walk about 20 minutes. The most popular train from downtown is Rer C (eg from St Michel). Tickets must be booked ahead and don't forget the 20-minute walk when you calculate the time to get there.