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This splendid neo-Renaissance-style building is just minutes from the Seine and right in the heart of the capital. In 1260, Louis IX decided to endow Paris with the means of organizing its own affairs. Situated in Place de Grève (grève meaning 'strike' the square gets its name from discontented workers who often demonstrated here!), the building was used as the seat of government during the French Revolution, when a guillotine stood imposingly in front of its windows. Burnt to the ground during a working-class uprising in 1871, it was rebuilt 11 years later and became the current Town Hall. Crystal chandeliers, beautiful paintings and vast function rooms are all part of its sumptuous interior.
This monument is a perfect example of Parisian Gothic architecture. Although the 50-meter (164-foot) high tower is all that remains of Saint-Jacques-La-Boucherie church (which was built in the 16th Century and destroyed just after the French Revolution), it's still an impressive sight. At the time, scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) carried out important atmospheric pressure experiments here. His statue and the addition of a small meteorological station in a part of the tower honor his memory. Call +33 8 3668 3112 for details.
The first Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais Church was built in the 6th Century in the Marais district in Paris. The construction of its current shape started in 1494 and lasted 150 years. It is consequently the oldest parish of the Seine’s right bank. Even though its style is definitely Gothic, the French classicism has inspired the creation of the facade, which was finished in 1621. This facade has a distinctive feature: it has three different Greek-style columns; moreover, one can also admire the two sundials: one is made with Roman numerals, to the southeast, the other with Arabic numerals, to the southwest. Inside the Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais Church, one can look at the oldest church organ of Paris.
Completed in 1552, Eglise Saint-Merri was built in entirely Gothic style. The origins of the site date back to the 17th Century and the name dates back to a century later when Saint Mérédic was buried. Looted during the Revolution, the church was restored in the 19th Century. Notice the medieval style from the outside and inside as well as in the 16th-century windows. Famous composer of the opera Samson and Dalila and friend of Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns played the organ which itself dates back to the 17th Century. Visit website for more i
At number 1-3 rue Ursins stands a very old house with a Medieval tower and windows. No doubt, you are facing a bourgeois mansion from medieval times. You may think you can feel a kind of feudal atmosphere in this street, even in this area, but not really! The architect Fernand Poullion built this incredible house in 1958: it is a patchwork of the old house that was located right here and various elements and materials collected from medieval ruins (wrought iron, stained glass windows…). The result is very confusing. The location – facing the Seine river, near Notre-Dame church and Hôtel de Ville – makes this house one of the most sought-after houses of the Capital. It is the former residence of Aga-Khan, and would be owned today by a Middle East Prince. Call +33 8 3668 3112 (Tourist Information)
Take your family or friends along for this walking trip around Paris. The History of Art Department of Paris organizes regular walking tours, especially emphasising the architecture of the city. It includes a tour of the Bastille, the Quartier Latin, the Moulin Rouge and the Sacré-Cœur. A detailed informative exercise is also on the offer.
This lovely church, in addition to its role as a religious sanctuary, serves as a musical mecca. Classically trained musicians make there way here from the far corners of the region to ply their trades - be it violin, viola or otherwise.
Île de la Cité's historical tidbits are what make Paris's history so unique. The island is entirely shaped by the Seine River and located smack-dab in the middle of the city. It is here that the first inhabitants made their home over 2000 years ago, making the Île de la Cité the oldest settlement in the metropolis. On the island, you'll find some of Paris's most recognizable monuments: Notre Dame, La Place Dauphine, and Sainte Chapelle, to name only a few. These monuments on Île de la Cité serve as an excellent representation of the beauty and architecture for which Paris is famous. For more information on this place, you can contact the following number +33 8 3668 3112.
Place Baudoyer is famous for its open-air Baudoyer Market. Here you buy can quality local produce, seafood and of course cheese, something that brings most shoppers to this market. Place Baudoyer, located a walk away from the banks of the Reine river, it is also near to the beautiful Saint Gervais Saint Protais Church. Contact +33 8 3668 3112 for more information.
Flanked by iconic French landmarks like the majestic Notre Dame and the Conciergerie, Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux has been in operation since 1808, making it the oldest and lone surviving floral market in Paris. Located in the heart of Ile de la Cité, the avenue sees an array of shops featuring exotic flowers, plants and shrubs. From primroses and orchids to violets and myrtles, the seasonal blooms paint a beautiful and tranquil picture in the tourist-dominated area. Open throughout the week, Sundays see bird traders set up shop with rare species of parrots, macaws, doves and budgies, as well as cages, seeds and accessories.
Situated in a part of the Palais de Justice (Law courts), the Conciergerie became Paris' first prison in 1391. Behind its medieval façade are reconstructions of cells, the 14th-century Salle des Gardes (Guardroom), the Salle des Gens d'Armes (Arms room), which is a fine example of Gothic architecture, the Cour des Femmes, where the prisoners took their daily walk, and the Bonbec Tower in which they were interrogated. During the French Revolution, almost 3000 people were locked up in these dungeons; one of them is a reconstruction of the cell in which Queen Marie-Antoinette awaited her fate at the guillotine. Several other famous prisoners were entertained here, including Charlotte Corday (politician Jean-Paul Marat's assassin in 1793), chemist Antoine de Lavoisier and poet André Chénier.