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Attracting 48 million tourists in 2017 alone, Paris - Île de France remains the most popular tourist destination in the world, boasting a plethora of iconic attractions and a treasure trove of cultural hotspots.
Over the course of its thousand-year history, the kings of France chose this region time and again to display and to preserve an exceptional heritage of art, history and architecture. From the Musée du Louvre to the Palais de la Cité (which includes the Palais de Justice, the Conciergerie and the Sainte-Chapelle), to the Palais du Luxembourg (originally built to be the royal residence of Marie de’ Medici), the list of legendary Parisian landmarks is considerable.
The Centre Georges Pompidou, or the Pompidou Centre, was inaugurated on January 31 1977. From the moment it opened to the public on February 2 1977 it was an immense success, rapidly becoming one of the most popular cultural venues in the world and one of the most visited monuments in France.
At the heart of the Parc de la Villette, one of the biggest parks in Paris, you will find the largest science museum in Europe, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie.
The Louvre is an iconic landmark in France. For many years, its buildings served as a royal seat in Paris for the King of France, but nowadays the remains of the former palace stand alongside the world’s largest museum, which has more than 35,000 works of art on display over 8.7 miles of corridors in a total area of 782,910 square feet. The possibilities of discovery are truly endless at the Musée du Louvre!
Situated in the Seventh District of Paris, the Musée d’Orsay is home to an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and decorative arts dating between the mid-19th century and the early 20th century. The museum holds many of the world’s most famous Impressionist works, including pieces by Edouard Manet, Gustave Courbet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin, the father of modern sculpture.
The Notre-Dame Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral became legendary when Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, was published in 1831.
The belfry houses Notre-Dame’s largest bell, known as Emmanuel. The bourdon, or tenor bell, weighs 13 tons, and visitors can view it before entering the panoramic terrace that affords a 360-degree view of Paris.