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  • 1. Eiffel Tower

    Eiffel Tower | Notable Building

    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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  • 2. Hôtel des Invalides

    Eiffel Tower | Museum/Gallery

    The Baroque complex known as Les Invalides (pronounced "lehz-ahn-vah- leed ") is the eternal home of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769–1821) or, more...Read More

  • 3. 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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  • 4. Place des Vosges

    Marais Quarter | City Park

    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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  • 5. 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

  • 6. Château de Vincennes

    Eastern Paris | Castle/Palace

    This imposing high-walled château, on the northern edge of the Bois de Vincennes, was France's medieval answer to Versailles. Built and expanded...Read More

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  • 7. Galerie Vivienne

    Louvre | Store/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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  • 8. 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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  • 9. La Sorbonne

    Latin Quarter | Educational Institution

    Unless your French is good enough to justify joining a 90-minute group tour (€915 by reservation only), you can't get into the city's most famous...Read More

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  • 10. Les Halles

    Louvre | Historic District/Site

    For 800 years, Paris was fed by the acres of food halls overflowing with meats, fish, and vegetables that made up this district. Sensuously...Read More

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  • 11. Musée Cognacq-Jay

    Marais Quarter | Historic Home

    One of the loveliest museums in Paris, this 16th-century rococo-style mansion contains an outstanding collection of mostly 18th-century artwork...Read More

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  • 12. Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme

    Marais Quarter | Historic Home

    This excellent museum traces the tempestuous history of French and European Jews through art and history. Housed in the refined 17th-century...Read More

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  • 13. Nicolas Flamel's Home

    Marais Quarter | Historic Home

    Built in 1407 and reputed to be the oldest house in Paris (though other buildings also claim that title), this abode has a mystical history...Read More

  • 14. Place Dauphine

    Ile de la Cité | Historic District/Site

    The Surrealists called Place Dauphine "le sexe de Paris" because of its suggestive V shape; however, its origins were much more proper. The...Read More

  • 15. Place de la Bastille

    Bastille | Historic District/Site

    Almost nothing remains of the infamous Bastille prison, destroyed more than 225 years ago, though tourists still ask bemused Parisians where...Read More

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  • 16. Place des Abbesses

    Montmartre | Historic District/Site

    This triangular square is typical of the countrified style that has made Montmartre famous. Now a hub for shopping and people-watching, the...Read More

  • 17. Place du 18-Juin-1940

    Montparnasse | Other Attraction

    At the busy intersection of Rue de Rennes and Boulevard du Montparnasse, this square commemorates an impassioned radio broadcast Charles de...Read More

  • 18. Place du Tertre

    Montmartre | Historic District/Site

    Artists have peddled their wares in this square for centuries. Busloads of tourists have changed the atmosphere, but if you come off-season...Read More

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