Beautiful Landmarks in Arrondissement 1

The heart of Paris is where you can find the Palais Royal, the Louvre, and several other tourist landmarks but district 1, as this region is called, is also home to many historical spots that have held great significance in French history.

There are a few landmarks in the 1st arrondissement which are not often visited by tourists because they are not as grand nor as flashy as the Louvre, the Palais Royal, and other landmarks; however, if you are someone who is easily drawn to artistic monuments that hold a special place in French culture and history, you will definitely find these stunning landmarks impressive.

Colonne Vendome

This column is hard to miss since it stands out from the other monuments and statues that adorn the Vendome area. Although the Colonne Vendome you see in the first district is now a replica of the original column, its details, height, and look was closely copied from the original. The square where the column sits is also an interesting location to be in. It was built in 1699 as a testament to King Louis XIV’s success as an equestrian but was taken down numerous of times until the government finally installed a replica that depicts Napoleon’s exploits on its surface. Place Vendome is not only a park, it also serves as a museum and commercial district. Nearby, you can find shops, boutiques, restaurants and offices.

Église Saint-Eustache

Église Saint-Eustache, like the Notre Dame Cathedral, is a church that boasts a unique Gothic facade and is one of Paris’ last surviving Gothic churches. You can find this church in Les Halles, near the Bourse de Commerce. It is well known throughout Paris and is difficult to miss.

Sainte Chapelle

Saint Chapelle is known throughout Paris as the church that boasts some of the world’s most beautiful stained-glass windows. The walls of Saint Chapelle seem to be giving you a stunning light show, especially when sunlight shines through the wide pained windows. Saint Chapelle was built primarily to serve as the resting place of many royal relics and at the same time, a church.

To get to Saint Chapelle, all you have to do is to make your way to 4 Blvd. du Palais and go through the gates of the Court of Justice. Naturally, you will have to go through a brief security check before you gain entry into the building.

La Conciergerie

A prison may not be considered romantic but the La Conciergerie is not just any prison– popular royals, like Marie Antoinette, were jailed here for allegedly committing crimes against the country. The medieval fortress is now a popular tourist landmark today and tours are available all year round. The prison is known for many things, but its stylish ceiling design is definitely the reason why La Conciergerie often is considered a highly-recommended tourist attraction.

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The Different Paris’s of the World

When we think of Paris, the first image that probably comes to mind is that special city in France where one may find the Arc d’Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower; however, there are actually several Paris’s on Earth, some of which are located in North America while another is in the Pacific Ocean.

It has often been said that the beauty of Paris has been used as the inspiration of other people, and from what we’ll discover later on, even governments. Shakespeare, for one, named the dashing antagonist of his play Romeo and Juliet as Paris. Michael Jackson and Richard Hilton of the Hilton Hotel fame, have also named their beautiful daughters after the city.

Another European country that boasts a town named Paris is Denmark; however, unlike France’s Paris which is a mega-city inhabited by millions of French and foreigners, Denmark’s Paris is a rural town with only 200 residents. Unlike the French Paris, the Danish Paris is a farming village and not exactly where you can find fashionable districts.

Canada, which has millions of French-speaking nationals, boasts two Paris’s: one in the Yukon region and another in Ontario. The United States of America; however, boasts not just one but twenty-six (26) Paris’s — that pretty much means half of the states of the USA has a county, town, or city named after the French ‘capital’.

The most unusual place to find another Paris is in the Pacific, specifically in the islands of Kiribati. Although Kiribati was discovered by French explorers, the archipelago was once a colony of the United Kingdom until they became independent in 1979. The Paris of Kiribati is much different than its North American and European counterparts since the commune itself has been abandoned for years now and is pretty much an empty lot.

Just when you thought that the unusual discoveries about Paris ends there, there’s actually more: the name ‘Paris’ has also been used to name a genus of flowers, a ship, an aircraft, a computer chip, and a type of plaster.

Surprisingly enough, the City of Paris which we all love and cherish is actually NOT France’s capital. According to historical documents, Paris is the de facto capital of France because it is the most popular city and the center of commerce, but the Congress of France is actually housed in Versailles.