The capital of France is one of the most visited cities in the world. Tourists are attracted by magnificent buildings that have become icons of their time, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Versailles and the Eiffel Tower, works of art gathered in several hundred museums headed by the Louvre Museum or the Orsay Museum and the fame of the city of painters, poets and artistic bohemia.
From the beginning of its history, Paris has held the lead in the political and economic life of Western Europe. It was the seat of kings, the capital of one of the most powerful countries of the medieval and modern world. Here the roads of politicians, diplomats, merchants and scholars converged, one of the oldest universities in the world of Sorbonne operated, and architects erected their incomparable buildings.
The oldest part of Paris is located on the island of La Cite on the Seine. It was here that the two-tower, stone Notre Dame Cathedral was built around which the city formed. Not far from here one of the wonders of Gothic architecture, the Sainte Chapelle chapel, whose walls consist of multi-colored stained glass. Further on, you can see Renaissance and Baroque palaces and tenement houses, including the Royal Louvre, where today there is one of the most important art collections in the world and neoclassical buildings whose symbols are the Pantheon and the Arc de Triomphe. Above them is the Eiffel Tower, from which you can admire the city panorama.
In addition to representative edifices, Paris also has narrow streets of the picturesque districts surrounding the center. This is Montmertre, where until today the artists paint and display their paintings, the pensive cemeteries of Pere-Lachaise and Montmartre and the opportunity to see the illuminated center from the deck of a cruise boat during an evening cruise on the Seine.