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Architecture

Le Sacre-Coeur Basilica

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Paris or Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. The basilica was designed by Paul Abadie after construction began in 1875, and was completed in 1914, and now home to one of the most iconic buildings in Paris. Be prepared for crowds of tourists, go early in the morning.

La Frande Arche

La Grande Arche de la Défense is a monument and building in the business district of La Défense and in the commune of Puteaux, to the west of Paris. It is usually known as the Arche de la Défense or simply as La Grande Arche, and is the famous Arch you see on all the postcards of Paris seen from above.

Fondation Jerome Seydoux-Pathe

The Fondation Jerôme Seydoux-Pathé is an organization dedicated to the preservation of Pathé’s heritage, and to the promotion of the cinematographic art. Its headquarters, sitting at the centre of a block in the 14th Arrondissement, where an old mid-19th century theatre transformed into a cinema (one of the first ones in Paris) in the mid-1900s, which was then radically transformed again in the 1960s.

Fondation Cartier

The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, often known simply as the Cartier, is a contemporary art museum located at on boulevard Raspail in the 14th arrondissement of the French capital. In 1994, it moved to its current location in a glass building designed by Pritzker Prize architect Jean Nouvel, one of the most iconic buildings in the city.

Ecole Militaire

The École Militaire is an array complex of buildings housing various military training facilities, located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, southeast of the Champ de Mars. Designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, construction began in 1752 on the grounds of the farm of Grenelle, the site served as a school to young Napoleon Bonaparte in 1784.

Galerie Lafayette

The Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket French department store chain. Its flagship store, on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, now operates in a number of other locations in France and other countries. Certainly one of the most beautiful shopping malls in the world, under an iconic glass dome you will find fancy perfumes and luxury shops.

 

Islamic Art Wing Louvre

The new galleries of the Department of Islamic Art opened to the public in 2012, containing some 3,000 objects on display, it spans 1,300 years of history and three continents from Spain to Southeast Asia. A must see for fans of Islamic art and architecture.

The Communist Party Headquarters

The Communist Party Headquarters, designed by the famed architect Oscar Niemeyer, was commissioned by the French Communist Party, and takes the form of a boldly futuristic, modern look.

Cite de L’Architecture et du Patrimoine

L’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Architecture and Heritage City) is a museum of architecture and monumental sculpture located in the Palais de Chaillot (Trocadéro), in Paris. Its permanent collection contains objects spanning centuries of architecture including models, plans and technology.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon, also known as “Temple of all the Gods” located in the Latin Quarter of Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve in order to house the reliquary châsse. It is an early example of neo-classicism, with a façade modelled on the Pantheon in Rome.

 

Cathedrale Notre Dame

Notre-Dame de Paris also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. As one of the city’s most iconic venues, it is sure to be full of tourists, so try and visit early in the morning.

Maison LaRoche et Maison Jeanneret

Villa La Roche, also Maison La Roche, is a house in Paris designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret between 1923–1925. It was designed for Raoul La Roche, a Swiss banker and collector of avant-garde art, which now houses the Fondation Le Corbusier, one of the founding fathers of modern, international architecture.

Eglise St-Germain l’Auverrois

Church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois is a Roman Catholic church in Paris situated at the Place du Louvre. It used to be the parish church for inhabitants of the neighbouring Louvre Palace, and has under gone centuries of renovations and changes.

Viaduc des Arts

A stone’s throw away from place de la Bastille in the 12th Arrondissement, the internationally renowned Viaduc des Arts, serves as a display for professional artists and craftspeople, and where today is now renown for its high quality jewelry and luxury items, such as tapestries and contemporary furniture, pieces of art, painting on porcelain, lights, bronzes.

Meditation space (by Tadao Ando)

The meditation space is located near the Eiffel Tower is a project designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. It was built to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and is the perfect place to find rest and reprieve from the wonders of Paris.

The Flower-Tower

The Flower Tower was completed in 2004 by architect Christian de Portzamparc, who was the principal designer of the Hauts Malesherbes area. In between the rustling of bamboo and a light filtered by meters of foliage, the elevator is on the façade and, glazed on both sides, it allows light to penetrate into the common areas. The ground floors open to the outside, transforming the exterior into a hall, and is one of the most beautiful and relaxed sanctuaries Paris has to offer.

 

La Conciergerie

The Conciergerie is a building in Paris, France, located on the west of the Île de la Cité, also known as “Island of the City”, a former prison but presently used today for courthouses. As part of the former royal palace, the Palais de la Cité, the Conciergerie contained hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution who were taken to executed by guillotine to a number of locations around Paris.

L’Institue du Monde Arabe

The Arab World Institute is an organization founded in Paris in 1980 by 18 Arab countries together with France. Its purpose is research and disseminate information about the Arab world and its cultural and spiritual values. The Institute was established as a result of a perceived lack of representation for the Arab world in France, and today provides a secular location for the promotion of Arab civilization, art, knowledge, and aesthetics.

 

Villa Savoy

Villa Savoy is a modernist villa located in the Poissy area on the outskirts of Paris. Designed by Swiss architects Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, the villa is an iconic example of modern, international architecture, and a destination for architecture aficionados.

Foundation Louis Vuitton

The building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, which opened in 2006, is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries. It was designed by the famed architect Frank Gehry, adjacent to the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne of the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Palais garnier

Sainte-Genevieve Library

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