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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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    Superseded by the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterrand, France's longtime national library now hosts well-done temporary exhibits, often...Read More

  • 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

  • 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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