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Top 3 Tourist Attractions in Paris, France

Notre Dame CathedralThere are certain European cities with a romantic, fairytale-like reputation. Paris, France is one of them. The current capital of France, Paris has been an important European city for over 2, 000 years. Today it is a world leader in business, entertainment, and culture. Over time it has earned nicknames like “the city of love.”

It’s easy to become overwhelmed if you’re a first time visitor to Paris. Monuments, museums, and cathedrals are everywhere. Every corner and café in the city is worth exploring, but there are certain places you just can’t miss. Here are the top three tourist attractions in Paris, France:

#3 – Notre Dame Cathedral

The world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral is a wonder to behold with its gargoyles, chimeras, dramatic towers, and prominent spire reaching over 400 feet into the air. This Catholic cathedral is a marvelous example of French Gothic architecture. Bishop Maurice de Sully commissioned the cathedral in 1163. Legend goes that the church’s design is based on a sketch Sully drew on the ground as the result of a holy vision. After more than 100 years of labor, the cathedral was completed in 1345. It was one of the first buildings in the world to feature flying buttresses and its stained glass and sculptures were harshly at odds with the Romanesque architectural style prevailing at the time. Today the cathedral is the official chair of the archbishop of Paris. Take a tour of the place to behold wondrous sculptures, Gothic carvings, ancient relics, and breathtaking rose windows. Don’t forget to climb the North Tower, where you can view the city from Quasimodo’s lair.

#2 – The Louvre

They say you could spend a lifetime exploring the . Indeed, the museum is home to over one million artistic works dating from the medieval period to the present. Located inside the Louvre Palace, which was originally built as a fortress for King Phillip II, the art museum opened in 1793 with a proud exhibit of 537 paintings. The structure itself is a work of art with its signature glass pyramid entrance. Inside you will find world-famous works such as Michelangelo’s Dying Slave, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and the Greek sculpture Venus of Milo. The diverse collection includes exhibits featuring Egyptian artifacts, works by Rembrandt, the Code of Hammurabi, the luxurious apartments of Napoleon III, and much, much more. When in Paris, you won’t want to miss this most coveted of the city’s museums located on the banks on the Seine.

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My cousin and I are traveling to the Benelux and hopefully paris in November. We are flying into and out of Amsterdam. We plan on spending at least 4 days in AMS (check out the museums, coffee houses, canals, etc.) and then we plan on taking off to the belgium area for another 3 days (brugge, antwerp, brussels, etc.).
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1) Can anyone recommend CAN'T MISS places in the cities mentioned; i know the major attractions, just wondering about the underground not so popular attractions not widely known.
2) Should we rent a car or take the train to said locations? I think the cheapest i found a train pass for Benelux-France is $240 for 5 days

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