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Cite de la Musique with its music museum and concert halls

The Cite de la Musique is a cultural centre at the Parc de la Villette, which is specifically for music and research as well as two concert halls, which host over 400 concerts each year. Not forgetting the Salle Pleyel concert hall which is managed by them and the Musee de la Musique museum as well as a media library.

The architect which designed the Cite de la Musique was called Christian de Porzamparc, who aimed for a cultural centre with transparency and fluidity and a modern style which could easily be integrated with the surrounding beautiful park in Paris and not look like a "sore thumb".
The Parc de la Villette is a perfect place to visit while on holiday in Paris, with art, culture and relaxation all in one area and it attract millions of people yearly, along with many other prominent and well known attractions in the area including the Cite Des Sciences et de l’Industrie which is the largest science museum in not only France but Europe as well, the impressive Geode …

From basilica to The Pantheon that became a famous burial place

Back in 507AD King Clovis converted to Christianity and decided to build a basilica on the very site where The Pantheon stands today and Saint Genevieve, who was the patron saint of Paris that protected the city from the barbarians, was buried in this basilica in 512AD.
This meant that the basilica and further churches were dedicated to Saint Genevieve and in 1744 after King Louis XV had been seriously ill, he attributed his recovery to the prayers of Saint Genevieve and decided that he would have a prestigious church built on the same spot as the original basilica dedicated to her. So, in 1755 the design for the new basilica was entrusted to Jacques-Germain Soufflot, the chief architect of King Louis, and the overall design was that of a Greek cross with a very impressive portico of Corinthian columns, but the then Basilica has a combination of different styles like Greek architecture and also a Gothic system that utilised flying buttresses and arches to make it as light as possible…

Sacre Coeur Basilica, the second highest point in Paris

The Sacre Coeur Basilica

The Sacre Coeur Basilica, or known as the full name of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmarte is noticeable from nearly everywhere in Paris, standing on top of a hill within the Montmartre area which is 129 metres above sea level. Montmartre, which translated means hill of martyres, which in turn leads back to the martyrdom of Saint Denis, who happened to the be the first bishop of Paris all the way back in the 3rd century has since then had many saints visit this hill, including that of Saint Germain and Joan of Arc.  No matter which way you are entering Paris, whether it be by road on the Peripherique ring road around Paris, one of the train stations including via the Eurostar, or even a flight this monument is one of the few you will be able to see almost instantly.  One reason for that is that the monument stands at the second highest point within Paris, the only other being the most well known tourist attraction in Paris, the Eiffel tower which holds the …

The Musee d’Orsay Museum that starts where The Louvre museum finishes

The Musee d’Orsay Museum In Paris

The Musee d'Orsay in Paris was only opened at the end of 1986 and developed from an original railway station, it now holds many fascinating and intriguing works inside. The museum was initially made up through three other museums, being the Louvre Museum, the Musee de Jea de Paume, which is centred around Impressionism and the Musee d’Art Moderne, which transferred to the Pompidou Centre, now only showing works of art from 1870 onwards. The idea was to bring together various different collections that would showcase complete and varied forms of art from 1848 to 1914. But even if the various artworks and history of the Musee d'Orsay can be thought provoking, many donations and bequests have also been given to the museum to help it showcase even more, including works from the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville at the Palais de Tokyo. When the Musee d’Orsay did open, including various long term loans, there were over 1000 pieces of art in…

The Saint Chapelle Chapel in Paris

It was back in the 1200s when King Louis IX decided that he wanted a chapel constructed for his own private worship and also somewhere he could keep his religious relics.

The site chosen was on the Ile de la Cite, which is an island located in the River Seine and it was close to the Notre Dame Cathedral and also to La Conciergerie, which is the oldest remaining part of the first palace for the Kings of France.  Construction started in 1246 and being a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic architecture, it was consecrated on 26th April 1248.  When you get to visit the Saint Chapelle chapel, you will discover that the lower chapel has the oldest wall painting in Paris, but it is the upper chapel with its vaulted ceiling that is really impressive, and it was this floor that was reserved for the King and his court.  In fact, it was also here that he placed the religious relics he had purchased, including probably the most famous religious relic in the world called the Crown of Thorns, which i…