Things to do for History Buffs in France 

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    Louvre Museum

    34 Quai du Louvre, Paris 75001 France
    708 reviews

    One of the greatest museums in terms of its collections and treasures in the world, Musee du Louvre is a museum piece from the outside in. From the building itself to the contents within, there is so much history and stories to explore through its walls. Visiting the Louvre must be strategic especially if time is limited as days could ...

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    Notre Dame Cathedral

    6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Paris 75004 France
    573 reviews

    What can be added to what's already been said, especially since they've cleaned the exterior & glass. The first time I walked into Notre Dame, I looked up and whispered, "Now I understand Bach." We've been to Paris many times, and Notre Dame is always a must stop. Be sure to wander around back to the gardens. And if you ...

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    Eiffel Tower

    5 avenue Anatole France, Paris 75007 France
    1496 reviews

    This symbol of Paris is simply a must see. Brave the lines to the top for an unforgettable experience.

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    Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

    Rue du Chevalier-de-la-Barre 35, Paris 75018 France
    317 reviews

    just beautiful. from there you'll have an amazing view over Paris

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    Arc de Triomphe

    Place Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile, Paris 75008 France
    574 reviews

    famous round about...grandeur as only in Paris...see the avenues come together like in a star. hope you have good nerves when you are in a car, driving this but it is doable...o yeh, and do not forget to learn about the real history of the Arc...

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    Musee d'Orsay

    62 rue de Lille, Paris 75007 France
    222 reviews

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Perhaps my favorite museum.

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    Château de Versailles

    Versailles, France
    93 reviews

    The chateau is huge, opulent and historic, but the gardens are the real treat. They are perfectly maintained and seemingly endless! You can easily spend a full day here and still not see everything.

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    Place de la Concorde

    Avenue Gabriel, Paris 75008 France
    149 reviews

    an important and iconic plaza in the heart of Paris where the Champs-Elysee and Rue de Rivoli meet, Place de la Concorde is also historically significant as the site of execution by the guillotine of Marie Antoinette. The Obelisk, the fountain and the surrounds are great photo op opportunities.

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    Père-Lachaise Cemetery

    Rue du Repos 16, Paris 75020 France
    79 reviews

    The final resting place of misfit geniuses. I remember all of the trouble my friends and I took going to Jim Morrison's grave but now I think I would be more impressed by that of Oscar Wilde, who attained as great a fame and notoriety in his day.

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    Sainte Chapelle

    4 Boulevard du Palais, Paris 75001, France
    96 reviews

    If you only visit one church in Paris, choose this one. The stained glass is unbelievably gorgeous, especially with the recent restoration work. Go early to avoid the line, which can get long.

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    Place de la Bastille

    Place de la Bastille, Paris 75004 France
    83 reviews

    The Bastille is THE symbol of the French Revolution. The fortress that used to stand here housed a handful of political prisoners, including the Man in the Iron Mask, until July 14th, 1789 when a mob stormed the fortress. This moment is essentially the birth date of modern France. The fortress has since been dismantled but its site is still ...

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    Off Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 75018 France
    193 reviews

    Lovely neighborhood, with amazing views of the city. It is easy to spend an entire afternoon (or a whole day) wandering the charming streets.

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    Place du Pantheon, Paris 75005 France
    60 reviews

    France's great mausoleum dedicated to the country's greatest men of science, mathematics, and philosophy. Take a look at the tombs of some of the great thinkers of the Enlightenment like Voltaire, Rousseau as well as other great French intellectuals like Victor Hugo and Marie Curie

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    L'Hôtel des Invalides

    129 rue de Grenelle, Paris 75007 France
    50 reviews

    If you are a military history buff, or a fan of Napoleonic Era this is a must see. This large complex houses both a museum to the French Army as well as the tomb of Napoleon. Lots of of good picture opportunities are available thanks to the giant dome that dominates the complex.

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    Jardin du Luxembourg

    Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris 75006 France
    150 reviews

    There's nothing like sitting on a bench overlooking the sailboat pond to make visitors feel briefly Parisian. The gardens are stunning and the families gathered here really make the area feel alive.

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    Catacombs of Paris

    1 Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France
    51 reviews

    The catacombs have a fascinating history and the self guided tour is creepy without being too morbid. The line does get ridiculous since capacity is limited, so get here early.

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    Moulin Rouge

    82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
    165 reviews

    at least one time you should take a show here, the history of the place, the outside alone, and the fun and very high standard shows make it a very well spent evening. it is rather expensive...

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    Quai Branly, Paris 75007 France
    319 reviews

    how many many stories, what this river has seen...the bridges, walk them, the lower sidewalks , take a rest on a bench and take the atmosphere of Paris with not forget a bottle of wine and your baguette!!

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    Shakespeare and Company

    37, Rue Bûcherie
    39 reviews

    This historical bookshop oozes charm everywhere you look: the shelves full of books, the crooked and tiny alleways, and on the first floor, a piano, a section devoted entirely to reading (with comfy chairs and couches) and you can even spot some beds for writers. It's also a key spot for Lost Generation buffs and where Ulysses was first published. ...

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    Statue of Liberty

    Pont de Grenelle
    50 reviews

    you will find it ...and be surprised of the history, it is great to know the story of Eiffel and the Lady. i think it is one of the most special sights because of that.

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