So Many Monuments in Paris, So Few Days…

It's not surprising there are so many monuments in Paris, what with 2,000 years of history, kings, emperors and building. That's got to leave some significant traces behind. There's a lot to see — that's why we've created these guides, to give you a head start.

It's been a tradition among French kings to glorify both themselves and the city by erecting monuments in Paris. To this end they built streets, city walls, palaces, columns and other monuments — many of them are still standing. Then there was Napoleon. Never one to undervalue his accomplishments, he built not only the Rue de Rivoli along the north side of the Louvre, but monuments in Paris to celebrate his military victories.

Paris Insiders Tip

Many of the monuments in Paris can be visited for free using the Paris Museum & Metro Pass. This also allows you to bypass the ticket lines at many of the monuments.

Arc de Triomphe Paris

L'Arc de Triomphe Paris

One of two triumphal arches Napoleon built to celebrate his victories, this dazzling Paris monument has one of the best panoramic views of the City of Light.

To distinguish it from its smaller brother, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, it's formally referred to as L'Arc de Triomphe Paris de l'Etoile, the etoile being the 11-road traffic circle that surrounds the monument and resembles a star.

We'll tell you the story and history of the Arc as well as how to get to the top of this memorial arch for free using your Paris Pass.

The Panthéon

The Panthéon

The Panthéon is one of the most recognizable monuments in Paris and it has a fascinating history, alternating between the religious and the humanist.

It stands on top of the hill that runs up east of Jardin du Luxembourg and acts as the unofficial center point of the 5th Arrondissement, the Latin Quarter.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

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Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

A secret treasure among Paris monuments is the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, in the Tuileries Gardens by the Louvre.

You may have walked right past it in the Tuileries, not giving it a second thought. But in our complete review you'll learn all about this monument, its history and the hidden stairways nearby that lead to the Paris Insiders entrance to the Louvre itself.

The Louvre Pyramid

Louvre Pyramid

A 20th-century monument that immediately assumed iconic status, the Louvre Pyramid started out under great controversy.

It was part the most striking and extensive changes to the Louvre in its 800-year history, including a complete renovation of the building and the addition of the this new way to enter the museum.

The Bastille, Paris

Bastille Paris France

The Bastille is a symbol of liberty —i t's a former prison, it's an opera house, it's an important political meeting place in Paris., and it's where the 4th, 11th and 12th Arrondissements come together.

In our guide we explore the history and the meaning of the Bastille to Paris. Also learn what to see and do nearby.

Other Paris Monuments

Other Paris Monuments

As much as we love them both, there's a lot more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

We'd like to introduce you to some other fascinating sites that will make your visit to the City of Monuments even more memorable.

There's the Tour Montparnasse, the only skyscraper ever allowed to be built in Paris; the column at Place Vêndome made from brass cannons; and the museums dedicated to the French military at Les Invalides, to name only three.

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