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Areas and monuments that can be seen from the tower

Areas and monuments you can see from the Tower

The Tower offers the most beautiful panoramic view of Paris. Here’s just a glimpse of what awaits you from the different floors of the Eiffel Tower :

  • Arc de Triomphe

    Arc de TriompheAt the peak of its glory after his victory at Austerlitz, Napoléon-Bonaparte decided in 1806 to have a tribute to the glory of the imperial army built in the form of a triumphal arch, based on the old model. The construction of this example of magnificence and decadence was to be interrupted by the fall of the Empire and the building work would only be finished in 1836 under Louis-Philippe. Over the years since its completion the Arc-de-Triomphe is the place patriotic gatherings of any sort always take place. Since 1921 the body of the unknown soldier has lain underneath its arch and a flame is kept burning in memory of the unknown fallen soldier.

  • Champs Elysées

    Champs ElyséesThe very famous avenue of the Champs-Elysées leads from the obelisk at the place de la Concorde up to the Arc-de-Triomphe. It forms part of the superb view line which starts from the Louvres, its pyramid and the Tuileries gardens up towards Neuilly and the grande arche de la Défense. The epitamy of Parisian chic and luxury, the Champs-Elysées are also the place where the largest national gatherings are held. Général De Gaulle famously walked down the great avenue at the Liberation of Paris in August 1944.

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral

    Notre-Dame CathedralBuilt in the XIIth century at the south-east point of the Ile de la Cité, the Notre-Dame cathedral stands at the heart of Paris and France itself. Its imposing gothic silhouette, with its two towers and its soaring nave supported by a flying buttresses, breaks away from the Seine. Notre-Dame was built upon the ruins of two primitive churches and a roman temple dedicated to Jupiter. Located at the very heart of Lutèce, as the settlement which existed before Paris was known, its location has since the Roman occupation at least, been a site of worship. This masterpiece in gothic architecture is also the paramount religious building in France.

  • Opéra Garnier

    Opéra GarnierThe original Opera was built by Garnier in 1875 and was the sole opera house until the Bastille Opera was inaugurated in 1989 to mark the bicentenary of the French revolution.

  • Invalides

    InvalidesIts magnificent golden dome announces the Hôtel des Invalides to the whole of Paris. It is the dome of the royal chapel built by Jules Ardouin-Mansart in 1706. From that moment onwards the body of Napoléon has rested in a tomb placed in the funeral crypt. The Invalides, built at the request of Louis XIV were initially intended to provide accommodation for elderly or disabled soldiers. Today it is home to 4 museums: the Army museum, the Contemporary History museum, the Museum of the Order of the Liberation, and the museum of Plans and Reliefs.

  • Palais de Chaillot

    Built on the foundations of the former Palais du Trocadéro for the International Exhibition of arts and techniques in 1937, the Palais de Chaillot, in its neo-classical style, squares up to the Eiffel Tower, to the Champ de Mars and the Ecole Militaire. Its two wings enclose the forecourt of the Droits de l'Homme (Human Rights) towards the Seine river. The Palais de Chaillot is home to the Théâtre national de Chaillot and three museums : the Museum of Mankind (closed for renovation until 2012 and the National Navy Museum and the Cité de l ’Architecture et du patrimoine.

  • Palais de Tokyo

    Palais de TokyoBuilt for the universal exhibition of 1937 on the former site of the Savonnerie carpet manufactory, the palais de Tokyo is notably home to the Paris museum of Modern Art. Since 1961, artists who are said to have studied at the Ecole de Paris have exhibited there and there is also a fine collection of « Fauve » and « cubist ».

  • The Tuileries gardens

    The Tuileries gardensLocated between the Louvres and the Place de la Concorde, parallel to the Seine, the Tuileries gardens were built in 1564, by Queen Catherine de Médicis. The celebrated landscape gardener André Le Nôtre turned his talent to them from 1664 and made a classical masterpiece out of them.

  • The Louvre Museum

    The Louvre MuseumLong before becoming an art museum, the Louvre was for nearly six centuries the residence of the Kings of France. It was during renovation of the museum which was begun in 1981, that the inner walls were found which formed part of the medieval fortress built at the request of King Philippe-Auguste to defend the right bank at the beginning of the XIIth century. Ever since, each generation has left its mark on the building.

  • The Louvre Pyramid

    The Louvre PyramidDesigned by the architect leoh Maing Pei, the glass pyramid which now serves as the reception wing to the Louvre Museum, is one of the three showcase buildings that along with the Grande Arche de la Défense and la Bibliothèque de France was the pet project of French President François Mitterrand. Set in the cour Napoléon, at the entrance to the Tuileries Gardens, the pyramid, which was inaugurated in 1989 has practically the same proportions (in a reduced size model) as the Kheops pyramid at Gizeh.

  • Hôtel de Ville

    Hôtel de VilleBuilt on the orders of François I, in 1533, the Hôtel-de-Ville stands on the place de Grève, which has since been renamed "de l'Hôtel-de-Ville". La place de Grève, with its sinister past, is where executions were carried out but also quite simply because it was the bank where merchants would conduct their business alongside the Seine. After having been burnt down in May 1871 by the people of Paris, during the Commune insurrection, the Hôtel-de-Ville was rebuilt exactly as it was before and inaugurated in 1882. The Hôtel-de-Ville is the headquarters of the Parisian municipality and a prestigious location for receptions.

  • Saint-Germain, Saint-Michel, Quartier Latin

    The intellectual quarter and breeding ground for the new fashion designers. From the top of the Eiffel Tower you’ll be able to pick out notably the Sorbonne, the Church of Saint Germain-des-Près and the Luxemburg Gardens.

  • Place de la Bastille

    Place de la BastilleThis renowned centre for revolution is today a lively area which is home to the Opéra Bastille. With a golden genie of Liberty made out of gold leaf, the Bastille column, also called the "July column" serves as a pivot to the place de la Bastille. It was erected in memory of those who died during the days of insurrection in July of 1830. It is therefore nothing to do with the Bastille prison which was stormed by the people of Paris, on 14 July 1789. However the square itself has remained symbolically linked to this event and has remained the favoured place for major political and social demonstrations.

  • La Madeleine

    La MadeleineThis neo-classical temple the building of which was ordered by Napoléon in honour of the Grande Armée (Great Army) is today an elegant church.

  • Place de la Concorde

    This symbol of national reconciliation after the revolution became home to the obelisk of Luxor in 1836.

  • Place des Vosges, The Marais

    This famous square at the heart of the medieval quarter is surrounded by 17th century appartment buildings some of which contain the most beautiful apartments in the capital.

  • Sacré Coeur

    Sacré CoeurThis basilica was built in honour of the "Saced Heart of Jesus" as atonement for the Commune blood bath of 1870-71.

  • Palais Royal

    Palais RoyalThe focal point where the revolutionaries would gather prior to 14 July 1789 and the gardens of which, are a haven of peace just a short distance from the Louvre.

  • Panthéon

    PanthéonThis impressive neo-classical church dating back to the the end of the 18th century holds within its necropolis the grave of French statesmen.

  • La Défense

    La DéfenseThe Grande-Arche is the architectural jewel in the crown for this futurist business district located on the western edge of Paris.

  • The Montparnasse tower

    The Montparnasse towerIt has been visible from the whole of the western part of Paris since 1973. From the top of the tower 210 metres up and its panoramic roof terrace, which is open to the public, the Montparnasse tower offers a spectacular view over not only the area immediately around it, but also of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the rest of Paris of course. It stands on the site of the old XIXth century railway station which has today has given way to a very busy centre of activity.

  • The National Assembly

    The Palais Bourbon with its neo-Greek columns opposite the Concorde, is where the French members of parliament.

  • The Père Lachaise cemetery

    The Père Lachaise cemeteryThe best known of all the Parisian cemeteries awash with the glory of its illustrious tenants is a veritable "City of the dead within the city of the living".

  • Château de Versailles

    The Palace of the Sun King at Versailles is just half an hour by train from Paris.

  • Paris Stock Exchange

    This "The temple to money" is a neo-classical building which Napoléon ordered built in 1808.

  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France (French National Library)

    Bibliothèque Nationale de France (French National Library)This institution which goes back to the 14th century is home to the premier collection of world geographical maps as well as 12 million printed literary works and 250,000 manuscrits.

  • Unesco

    UnescoThe Parisian headquarters of the United Nations’ Agency for Education, Science and Culture located close to the Invalides.

  • (Bois de Boulogne) Jardin d'Acclimatation

    The oldest zoo in Paris opened its doors in 1854. The garden is also a leisure park.