Architectural Wonders: The Ultimate Guide to Must-See Buildings in Paris

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Architectural Wonders: The Ultimate Guide to Must-See Buildings in Paris
No other city’s skyline tells the story of its history better than that of Paris. From its early beginnings as a Roman colony on the Île de la Cité, to its medieval fortresses, magnificent Gothic cathedrals, classic Renaissance châteaux, homogeneous Haussmann buildings, and myriad progressive contemporary designs, each historical era reflects past cultures reminding us of who we were, who we are, and who we might be again. A visit to some of the most emblematic architecture in Paris will allow us to discover why the city is without equal.  Gallo-Roman Period (1-486 AD)   Amphitheater that held up to 15,000 spectators for gladiatorial contests.  The Arènes de Lutèce, Photo Credit: Mbzt/Wikimedia Commons Thermes de Cluny  1st and 2nd century AD  A Gallo-Roman, thermal public bath complex part of the Musée de Cluny, now the Musée-National du Moyen Âge.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Musée de Cluny (@museecluny) Romanesque Period (990-1160) 

Lead photo credit : View of the principal façade of the Palais Garnier from the Place de l'Opéra, Photo Credit: Peter Rivera/Wikimedia Commons

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Sue Aran lives in the Gers department of southwest France. She is the owner of French Country Adventures, which provides private, personally-guided, small-group food & wine adventures into Gascony, the Pays Basque and Provence. She writes a monthly blog about her life in France and is a contributor to Bonjour Paris and France Today magazines.


  • Betsy Johnston
    2024-03-16 06:40:54
    Betsy Johnston
    Here is a respectful request...for those of us readers who are familiar with Paris or those of us who have maps of the beautiful city, giving not only the street number but also the arrondissment of the sites being written about would be very helpful. It should be easily included in the address and would make it much easier to locate on a map. I enjoy these features included in the online issue of Bonjour Paris and I frequently print them and bring them along when I visit Paris. Thank you for the photos and texts. Complete addresses will be so welcome. Sincerely, Betsy Johnston [email protected]


    • Bonjour Paris Editors
      2024-03-17 11:45:07
      Bonjour Paris Editors
      Absolutely! We will add the arrondissements to this article for your convenience. (Originally we had included the street addresses.) We'll be mindful always to include them in the future. best wishes.