What Are Some Famous Buildings in Paris?


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Some of the most famous buildings in Paris include the Eiffel Tower; Notre-Dame Cathedral; the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, the Louvre Palace, which houses the world's largest collection of pre-20th century art; and the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest castles in the world. Another famous building is the Arc de Triomphe, located at the top of the famous Champs-Elysees avenue.

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The 1,049-foot Eiffel Tower, which is the most iconic building in Paris, has three levels accessible by elevator. Visitors can purchase tickets in advance online to avoid lines. There are also steps up to the first two levels that have restaurants offering views across the city.

The Louvre Palace, originally the home of French royalty, developed into a public arts museum toward the end of the 18th century. The modern glass pyramid that forms the museum entrance was added in the 1980s. The museum houses many famous paintings, including the Mona Lisa and the sculpture of the Venus de Milo.

The Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame, which dates back to the Middle Ages, is the setting for Victor Hugo's famous novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame." The more recent Sacre-Coeur, with its white domes, bears a resemblance to India's Taj Mahal palace.

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