The landmarks, monuments, and icons of Paris

A collection of famous Parisian landmarks that don't easily fit into a simple category (like museums or churches, or even cemeteries, parks, or cafés, each of which are collected on ther own pages).

Tour Eiffel★★★ The Eiffel Tower - The world's largest TV antenna has drawn more than 200 million visitors since it first opened as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 world's fair... » more

Arc de Triomphe Arc de Triomphe - The world's most elegant traffic turnstile, a triumphal arch with great views from the top... » more

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris Père-Lachaise Cemetery - It's not just the scores of famous graves—Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison—it's a stunning beautiful cemetery, crammed with stone monuments laid out over rolling, forested hillsides... » more

The Seine River in Paris Seine River - The river of Paris offers everything from classic cruises to, in an ongoing inititiave to transform the banks into a kind of elongated public park running through the heart of the city, with beaches, bike paths, pedestrian zones, swimming pools, floating gardens, foot bridges, and more... » more

Catacombs of Paris - Underneath place Denfert-Rochereau in Montparnasse stretch several kilometers of tunnels that are stacked with the bones and skulls of some six million dead Parisians. Some of the bones used as mosaics in decorative motifs, other simply form grisly walls flanking the corridors... » more

Tour Montparnasse - Why is the view from the Tour Montparnasse the best in Paris? Because, if you're standing on top of it, you won't have the ugly modern tower itself spoiling your view of Paris... » more

Moulin RougeThe Moulin Rouge - Topless dancing girls, classic can-cans, and overpriced meals at the most famous cabaret in Paris... » more

Musée des Égouts de ParisThe Sewers of Paris - A new way to view the city—and learn some quite disturbing facts about waste management as you tour the sewers made famous in Les Miserables... » more

Mémorial de la Déportation, ParisHolocaust Memorial - An evocative, sobering spot tucked beneath the vest-pocket park behind Notre Dame cathedral at the very eastern tip of Île de la Cité.

Opera Bastille - This gleaming modern mound of metal and glass in a trendy district of Paris is home to the Opera National de Paris... » more

Roman amphitheater - Little remains of this 2,000-year-old performance space in a tiny, hidden park called place Emile Mâle in the Latin Quarter. However, the very idea of such a slice of ancient Rome suriving to become a tiny park through which Parisians walk their dogs is pretty amazing.

La Defense - Out on the edge of Paris is a weird modern office building complex known as "La Défense," the centerpiece of which is the hollow cube–shaped skyscraper, Grande Arche de la Défense... » more