Paris est belle!

Looking over the city from Sacre Coeur

Looking over the city from Sacre Coeur

As it transpires, I took an overwhelming amount of photos while wandering the streets of Paris.  As I work my way through them, I now realise that it must have really tested the patience of my girlfriend’s family (thanks guys).

I have decided to break the post up into two.  I just had way too many photos to put into one post.  The first consists of photos from around the city with a lot taken near Sacré-Cœur.  The second will primarily focus on the Eiffel Tower with a couple of shots of the Arc de Triomphe as well.

Sacre Coeur

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Sacré-Cœur Basilica, commonly know simply as Sacré-Cœur is an incredible Roman Catholic church situated at the top of Montmarte.   Construction began in 1875 however it wasn’t completed until 1914.

Guarding the entrances to the church two impressive equestrian figures representing King Saint Louis and Saint Joan of Arc.

Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Joan of Arc

King Saint Louis

King Saint Louis

Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Joan of Arc

On Montmarte, leading up to Sacré-Cœur, is a really cool square with several artists peddling their work.  The artwork includes portraits of nearly any style, cityscapes and attractions just to name a few.

Artist working to a great backdrop

Artist working to a great backdrop

Ahhh...the music of Paris!!

Ahhh…the music of Paris!!

Blue Window

Eventually we ventured towards another very famous building.  Along the way we came across a cool collection of fountains.

Elephant Fountain

Mermaid Fountain

Next to the fountains was an impressive bit of artwork.

Shhh

There is certainly no shortage of impressive buildings, statues, windmills and of course quirky buskers.

Unknown Chuch

 

One of the most famous buildings in Paris is definitely Notre Dame de Paris or Notre Dame Cathedral.  Translated as ‘Our Lady of Paris’, this incredible building is situated on the Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris.

Notre Dame de Paris

Completed in 1345, it is 69 metres (226ft) tall at the towers with it’s spire;
The spire looms

reaching 90 metres (300ft).  A supreme example of French Gothic architecture, it took almost 200 years to erect.  It’s almost impossible to walk around this building an not be overcome with awe.

Simply incredible.

Simply incredible.

 

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3 responses to “Paris est belle!

  1. So enjoying your photos ! We got caught by an artist and payed way too much for a terrible portrait in the square ! You have transported me back to Paris…..Thankyou !

  2. I like to explore new places and I also love to take photographs. Recently, I have been to Paris for a week. It went to Paris to spend some time in entertainment and taking a break from the work. I had booked for the air travel and accommodation prior only. My sister also went with me as she was having vacations. We went to Paris and visited different places. We do have the photograph of Eiffel tower. It was looking very beautiful at night. Paris has various attractions that include museums, monuments, and churches and for entertainment Disneyland resort and Parc Astérix Park are one of the most visited places. These pictures remind me of our wonderful week trip to Paris. We also went to Sacré-Cœur Basilica and it is having a highest point even then the Eiffel tower because of its location on the Montmartre hill. To know more historic facts about Paris you can have a look here at http://parisapartmentsbynumbers.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/10-historical-facts-about-paris/

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