On the right bank the biggest monument of Paris: the Louvre. The construction began in 1204 and was finally finished in 1858. Originally used as a palace of the French kings, it became a museum in 1793 and is today one of the largest museums in the world.
The Concorde Square was designed in the XVIIIth century by Gabriel. In its center, the Obelisk of Luxor. It is 33 centuries old and was brought from Egypt in 1836. During the revolution, the guillotine was set up on this place where the king Louis XVI and the queen Marie Antoinette were beheaded.
Alexander III Bridge
The Alexander the Third Bridge is the most luxurious bridge in Paris. It was built to commemorate the Franco-Russian alliance at the end of the last century. In its middle, a representation of Saint Petersbourg and the Russian river Neva.
Built between 1887 and 1889 by the French architect Gustave Eiffel, the tower was the most imporant monument of the 1889 World Fair. The Eiffel Tower is more than 1000 feet high and weighs 6400 tons. It has three floors with shop and restaurants.
On the left bank the former Orsay railroad station built by Laloux in 1900 for the World Fair. It has been converted into an extraordinary museum, the Orsay Museum, which is dedicated to the XIXth century art production with its masters, such as Renoir, Monet or Van Gogh.
The construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral began in 1163 and took more than two centuries. The two towers, a fine example of primitive gothic style, are over 200 metres high. Notre Dame is famous for its sculptures, its gargouilles, but also for its glass windows.
The Arcole Bridge leads to the City Hall built in the neo-renaissance style. In front of it, the statue of Etienne Marcel, the first mayor of Paris in the XIVth century.
The Pont-Neuf (the New Bridge) is, in spite of its name, the oldest bridge of Paris. Finished under Henry IV in 1606, it was the first bridge of Paris built with stones.
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