Paris is one of the cities that are exactly the same even compared to the photographs of 200 years ago. Come and be a part of this timeless city and discover the must-see places in Paris.
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1. Sacré-Cœur Basilica
Sacré-Cœur is located in Montmartre, the highest hill in Paris, a mostly flat city. This stunningly white basilica, built of travertine, offers one of the most spectacular views of Paris. Sacré-Coeur, which means “sacred heart”, symbolizes the sacred love of Christ for humanity according to the Christian faith. It is possible to reach the basilica by using the stairs or by the funicular.
After sitting on the grass in front of the Sacré-Coeur and watching the magnificent view of Paris, we recommend that you go to the artists’ square, that is, Place du Tertre, on foot. Watch painters, musicians and mimes in the Place du Tertre, the most bohemian square in Paris, have a delicious coffee or wine in the cafes around, or set aside the most beautiful map of Montmartre, which was home to many famous painters in the late 1800s. Enjoy getting lost in its narrow streets!
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2. Triumphal Arch and Champs-Elysées
The Arc de Triomphe, the Arc de Triomphe, is located in Charles de Gaulle square, where 12 streets intersect. This square is also called the “star” because of the shape of the union of all streets.You can see the most famous streets of the city by climbing to the top of the Triumphal Arch, which was built during Napoleon’s richest period and symbolizes France’s victories.
One of these streets is the famous Champs-Elysées, a must-see place in Paris. If you ask the French, you will see the luxury brands’ stores from the moment you start walking on the Champs-Elysées, the most beautiful boulevard in the world.
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3. Eiffel Tower
The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower is magnificent, we admit it, but it is not as enjoyable as having a picnic on the green grass of Champ de Mars just below! We say that you can easily get the necessary materials for a picnic from a market around and enjoy the Eiffel Tower with a picnic; this is definitely one of the things to be done in Paris. Lie down on the grass and enjoy being in Paris.
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4. Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum, which must be visited in Paris, is so big that you cannot visit them all in one day! Therefore, it will save you a lot of time if you examine the plan of the museum in advance and determine the places you want to see. Of course, we should not return without seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s famous work Mona Lisa. However, we say make sure to go early, otherwise you may have a hard time approaching the Mona Lisa from the queue in front of it!
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5. Orsay Museum
Although not as big as the Louvre Museum, Orsay, one of the most important museums in Paris, was formed by transforming an old train station into a museum. This is one of the must-see places in Paris, especially if you are interested in 19th century art. The museum, which contains the most important works of famous artists such as Monet, Rodin, Cézanne, Dégas and Van Gogh, is definitely one of the must-see places in Paris.
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6. Notre Dame Cathedral
Although Notre Dame Cathedral, which was built in 1163 and is one of the most important works of French gothic architecture, is very striking with its distant view, it gets more interesting as it gets closer. Especially the sculptures and decorations on the west facade, namely the main entrance, are so detailed that you look at them and see something new every time.
But not everything in this historic building is that old – don’t be surprised by the flat screen televisions inside! Notre Dame, a Catholic church, is still open to worship and the rites are broadcast with the latest technology.
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7. Palais Garnier
Who would have said that this magnificent building was the first work of an architect! Architect Charles Garnier was an architect whose name was unheard of before he auditioned to design Paris’ opera house and did not have a complete work. If you can find it, be sure to go to a ballet or dance show at the Opera Garnier by purchasing a ticket in advance.
However, we recommend that you do not go to the show with your sports clothes, because the French usually come to such shows carefully dressed. While you’re there, we say don’t come back without visiting Galeries Lafayette, one of the most elegant shopping stores in the world, located very close to the Opera Garnier; The joy of shopping in Paris is different.
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8. Le Marais
You can reach Le Marais, which was mostly Jewish in the past and now stands out with its lively streets, by metro by getting off at the Saint Paul stop of the 1st line. The courtyards and antique shops of Village Saint Paul, hidden among the streets of Le Marais, which is one of the neighborhoods that should be visited in Paris, are quite unique.
If you are tired after wandering around the streets with lots of art galleries and nice shops, you can go to Place de Vosges, the first planned square of Paris, and relax your tired feet by lying on the grass of this green and peaceful square.
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Welcome to the heart of French literature in the 1940s! Two cafes, Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, on Saint-Germain Boulevard witnessed the birth of surrealism and existentialism. Picasso, Hemingway, Sartre, Beauvoir and Camus are just a few of the famous names who spend a lot of time in these cafes.
There was a great competition as to which cafe hosted more writers and intellectuals. Nowadays, the majority of visitors are tourists, so we recommend drinking your coffee in the side streets. The streets of Rue de Buci and Rue Saint-André des Arts are home to delicious restaurants, cute cafes and interesting shops.
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10. Restaurant Clover
No trip to Paris is complete without tasting delicious French cuisine. Clover, the restaurant of the famous chef Jean François Piège, is not discovered by tourists, it is a place where the locals go fondly and offers the rare flavors of French cuisine.
You can book in advance for lunch or dinner at the restaurant, which blends unexpected ingredients in great harmony. We highly recommend the Saint Jacques scallop cooked on the “Paris sidewalk”.
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