Out-Of-The-Ordinary Paris Sights You'll Want To See

Paris has a lot of sightseeing sights to see, certainly. The Eiffel Tower always comes to mind, as do the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, even the Seine River itself. But in a city with over 2,000 years of history, there are also a lot of interesting Paris sights that may be a bit hidden, unusual, or overlooked by visitors.

It's these out-of-the-ordinary Paris sights that we want to tell you about now. In some cases you'll have to go underground, or off the beaten track to visit the tombstones of famous Parisians who are buried in historic cemeteries. Look up to see the best views of the Paris skyline, or follow us out to the 13th Arrondissement to visit an historic tapestry factory dating back to the 17th century.


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Hidden Landmarks of Paris

Hidden Landmarks of Paris

As we said, we know everyone can reel off names of the famous landmarks of Paris, but what about the little-known, the out-of-the-way, the hidden sites & sights?

That's what we reveal in this article — ancient city walls, waterfalls, an archaeological crypt, underground burial sites, and, yes, even the Statue of Liberty.

The Paris Catacombs

The Catacombs

Speaking of hidden landmarks, this one is underground — you can't get more hidden than that. The Paris Catacombs be a bit creepy to some folks, but most people find it another fascinating part of the 2,000-year history of the city.

The story of the catacombs is really interesting. When the Paris cemeteries overflowed with centuries of the dead, where were they going to put the overflow of remains? Just outside the then city limits were underground, abandoned limestone quarries, dating back as far as the Roman era; a perfect place to store bones.

Montmartre Cemetery

Montmartre Cemetery

Can a cemetery be a tourist attraction? It can be if it has famous Parisians buried there. The Montmartre Cemetery is tucked under a bridge in the 18th Arrondissement. Built on the site of a former limestone quarry, this below-ground-level burial grounds hosts painter Edgar Degas, filmmaker François Truffaut, writer Alexandre Dumas, and even the executioner who chopped off the head of Louis XVI.


Visit Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery

You'll answer the cemetery question with a resounding "YES" if you pay a visit to Visit Père Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th Arrondissement. Walking here is like exploring a park of the history of Paris. Since the beginning of the 19th century thousands of famous Parisians, along with celebrity francophiles, have been laid to rest here. Even the body of French playwright Molière was transferred here, though he died in1673.

We've discovered that the best way to visit the graves of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Chopin and hundred of others is on a guided walking tour. We'll tell you about our experience.

Gobelins Paris – Tapestry Works

Gobelins Paris

The Gobelins Paris tapestry workshop was established by Louis XIV and, amazingly, still produces tapestries today. It's part of a complex of workshops and restoration facilities that supply the French government with furniture and works of art.

We'll tell you about the Gobelins and its history, the facilities, the tapestries, the furniture, and how you can visit on a guided tour.


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Best Views of the Paris Skyline

The Paris Skyline

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