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Discover Paris Landmarks to prepare for your visit in Paris

Paris is renowned for its cultural places and beautiful landmarks full of history just like the Eiffel Tower which was originally created for the universal exhibition.
Here is a selection of the top 6 Paris Landmarks that you should not miss when visiting Paris for the first time.

 

The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower is France’s national emblem but was once scorned by the French people and intended to be destructed after the universal exhibition of 1889.

Today this 324 meter (1,063 ft) tall landmark, made of iron, is the most-visited paid Paris Landmark and a very romantic place where many proposals are made.

The Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc of Triomphe is another one of Paris landmarks.
Ordered by Napoléon I in order to celebrate his military victories, its construction began in 1806 and ended in 1836. It stands in the middle of the “Charles De Gaulle” square, at the junction of the 8th, 16th and 17th neighborhoods of Paris, near the Champs-Elysées.
Now, it shelters the tombs of the unknown soldiers, where every day an eternal flame commemorates all the fallen soldiers, with a ceremony between 6 and 6:30 PM.

The Pantheon

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The Pantheon is located in the Paris Latin Quarters, near the Luxembourg Garden.
Built as a church in the XVII century, and after several modifications, this impressive Paris landmark has now the vocation to honor those who have marked France history.
Jean Moulin, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and Jean Jaures are for instance laid to rest in the Pantheon.

The Cathedral of Notre Dame

One of the most famous Paris Landmark is with no doubt, one of Paris most beautiful monuments.

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Notre Dame de Paris (Wikimedia Commons)

Its construction started in 1163 but lasted over 2 centuries.
This gothic masterpiece has a very symbolic place in Paris, along with the cathedral of the city of Reims, and are the most famous holy places in France.
Napoléon I was coronated emperor here and nowadays, religious ceremonies often take place here, like for the burial of the French Presidents: Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, and François Mitterand.
This archdiocese cathedral is also famous for its appearance in Victor Hugo’s novel “Notre-Dame de Paris”, published in 1831, which inspired Disney’s movie, “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”.

The Basilica of Saint-Denis

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The Basilica of Saint-Denis is a gothic style church located in the center of the city of Saint-Denis, 5 km North of Paris.
From its construction in the XII century, it was dedicated to hosting the remains of the Kings and Queens of France.
Nowadays, this burial place reunites the rest of 43 Kings, 32 queens and 10 servants of the monarchy.
If you want to discover France former Kings and Queens, we definitely recommend visiting this beautiful monument.
Here, you can learn more about the Robertians, the Capets, the Merovingian and other Frankish families who once ruled over France.

 

Sacrée Coeur Basilica

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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is a roman catholic church located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
Its construction began at the end of the 19th century and was inspired by byzantine-roman style churches like the Périgueux and St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
Today, the Sacré Coeur is another one of the worthy Paris landmarks, popular for its elevated position which provides a wonderful view over the capital city.

 

Now that you have discovered Paris Landmarks behind your screen, do not hesitate to come discover them in person!

 

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5 Reasons to Visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum in Paris

Settled in the middle of Paris 150 meters away from the south-west to the Opéra Garnier you will find the Fragonard Perfume Museum. Unique in its kind, the Fragonard museum of perfume is absolutely worth a visit during your stay in Paris, ParisByM will explain to you why.

1. The rich historical background

Fragonard museum ParisThe first reason that you should visit Fragonard Museum of Perfume in Paris is for its historical background. In fact, the original form of the museum was a theater built at the beginning of the 1880s. The “Eden Theater” used to be a showplace with exceptionally large halls and rooms with designs and decors trending at that time. Eventually, the Eden Theater was forced to close because of a haphazard management which converted the theater into a bicycle merry-go-round. As the bicycle was a modern way to move at the time since a lot of Parisians came to learn how to ride a bike. Afterward, the place was taken over by the famous English furniture dealer Maple & Co, and it wasn’t until 2014 when they transferred the key to Maison Fragonard.

2. A maison of quality and traditionFragonard museum perfume Paris

Going to the Fragonard museum of perfume in Paris is, first of all, a good way to get to know a great brand of perfumery. The brand’s name “Fragonard” was chosen after Jean-Honoré Fragonard, who is a famous painter born in Grasse, a town in French Rivera. This small town in the south of France is considered to be the cradle of French perfumery. As a result, Fragonard carries the same perfume quality as Grasse and the refinement of 18th-century arts. Similarly, it expresses its desire to run the business in accordance with its tradition.

3. The collection of precious objects

Fragonard museum perfume ParisThe exhibits of the museum might be the most telling argument. The museum truly possesses various and precious perfumery-related objects and raw materials, which dates from Antiquity to the 20th century. Passing through the chronological order, the large collection provides us with a clear vision of its different uses and other various aspects of perfume. There are, for example, scent boxes, bottles in blown glass, potpourri used at the court of the king Louis XIV, composing the dazzling collection. Moreover, the collection has been constantly enriched by the Maison’s current directors.

4. A museum easy to access, amusing, also educational

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The entrance of museum

Despite the delicacy of the museum, it is not complicated at all to visit it! If you want to visit the museum, there is no need to book, additionally, the admission is free for everyone. If you are a foreigner, there is no problem because they have free guided tours as well which might be available in your language. The museum makes the guides speak different languages available for you, options vary from French, English, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian at your disposal. They are professional as well as friendly. The guided tours rotate every 20 minutes throughout the day and includes access to people with reduced mobility.

5. Buy a little gift for your family & friends

At the end of the visit, you will get to the museum’s showroom, where you can buy some Fragonard’s perfumery products as little gifts for your family and friends. Different from a tourist trap, where the price is generally very high due to the large volume of tourists. In case you want to buy a gift for someone you can surely find an item or a trinket for a good price.

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The showroom

 

As ParisbyM has familiarized you with some useful information about the Fragonard museum of perfume in Paris, we hope you have a nice trip!

The Musée du parfume is opened from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with free entry and free guided tour.

You can get there by subway: Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8), Madeleine (12, 14), Havre-Caumartin (9) Saint-Lazare (13)

RER A Auber, RER E Haussmann Saint-Lazare

Bus: 21, 22, 27, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95

 

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