Between the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde, located in the 8th arrondissement, is the impressive Avenue of the Champs-Élysées, known for being the “most beautiful avenue in the world”.
Located in the prestigious Golden Triangle, a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by the most beautiful Museums and Monuments, several Palaces, luxury and Haute Couture brands, its famous cafes and restaurants with terrace, cinemas and various others more imaginable, honorary night life-playing venues (the Lido cabarets in Paris and Crazy Horse, Théâtre du Champs-Elysées), symbolizing the style and joy of living. It is a pleasant walk, both day and night, to discover in the heart of the city of light.
Well served by public transport, the Champs-Élysées avenue hosts an annual event, such as the celebration of New Year’s Eve at the Arc de Triomphe, the military parade of the national holiday of July 14 and the last stage of the famous Tour de France, the event most watched by viewers around the world.
The Avenue Montaigne is a Mecca for designers of fashion shows and luxury boutiques, Palaces, restaurants, theater. Dior, Chanel, Louis-Vuitton, Gucci, Armani … What else?
The Grand Palais, built-in 1897 to host the 1900 Universal Exposition, is a monument dedicated by the Republic to the glory of French art. Its glass architecture (Europe’s largest roof) and iron, its staircase of the honor of its nave, symbol of the Monument, are simply sumptuous.
Annually, it hosts the exhibition of fashion and luxury. Huge art collections and temporary exhibitions are put in the spotlight and offered to visitors.
The Palais de la Découverte, designed by Jean Perrin in 1934, is a museum but also the cultural center dedicated to science, together with the Planetarium, permanent spaces in the form of interactive experiments to deepen earth sciences, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics.
The Petit Palais des Beaux-Arts, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 Paris, is a museum with a magnificent interior garden, which offers a large collection of sculptures, paintings, tapestries, art objects.
Huge permanent and temporary exhibitions are offered to visitors. Cézanne, Degas, Delacroix, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rodin, are among others some artists, whose masterpieces line the walls of this magnificent museum.
The Place de la Concorde, in the heart of Paris, a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées, created in 1772 was known to be one of the bloody places under terror and popular gatherings during the French Revolution. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Robespierre, were guillotined there.
In 1831, the Egyptian viceroy, offered to the French Republic, the two obelisks (aged 3,300 BC) of the Luxor temple. Only one was transported to France and it was Louis-Philippe who will decide to erect it on the Square in 1836.
Between 1836 and 1846, the square was transformed by the architect Jacques-Ignace Hittorf who added two magnificent iron fountains (sea fountain and river fountain) using many artists for the realization of statues, adorning its fountains.