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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 4. Église St-Sulpice

    St-Germain-des-Prés | Notable Building

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

  • 5. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 10. 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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  • 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

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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 | Notable Building

    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 | Notable Building

    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 | Notable Building

    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/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

    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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