AICR Congress – Paris 2017
Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre 75001 Paris

+33 (0) 1 40 20 53 17

Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine

1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre 75116 Paris

+33 (0) 1 58 51 52 00

Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

37 quai Branly 75007 Paris

+33 (0) 1 56 61 70 00

Musée Jacquemart-André

158 boulevard Haussmann 75008 Paris

+33 (0) 1 45 62 11 59

La Tour Eiffel

5 avenue Anatole France - Champ de Mars 75007 Paris

+33 (0) 8 92 70 12 39 (0,337€ /min)

Arc de Triomphe

Place Charles-de-Gaulle 75008 Paris

+33 (0) 1 55 37 73 77

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

6 place du Parvis Notre-Dame 75004 Paris

+33 (0) 1 42 34 56 10

Tours de Notre-Dame de Paris

Rue du cloître Notre-Dame 75004 Paris

+33 (0) 1 53 40 60 80

Sainte-Chapelle

8 boulevard du Palais 75001 Paris

+33 (0) 1 53 40 60 80

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

16 rue du Repos 75020 Paris

+33 (0) 1 55 25 82 10



Museums and Monuments - The Essentials

Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Every trip to the capital deserves a visit to the Louvre to discover the wealth of treasures it contains. The museum houses western works of art dating from the Middle Ages to 1848, in addition to collections of ancient oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations, as well as graphic and Islamic arts. From room to room, the former royal palace reveals its masterpieces to the public: the Mona Lisa, The Raft of the Medusa, the Venus de Milo, and The Winged Victory of Samothrace.

In total, there are 35,000 artworks to be discovered or re-discovered! With its eight hundred year old history, the Louvre has been influenced by numerous architectural trends, from the medieval fortress of the 12th century to the glass pyramid by Pei (1989).

The latest addition, housing the Islamic arts section, was designed by architects Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti. The undulating glass canopy covers the Visconti courtyard, flooding the 2,800 m² new wing with light. A visit to the museum is particularly pleasant at night: the Louvre is less crowded and visitors can enjoy stunning night-time views of Pei’s glass pyramid, the Cour Carrée and the Seine.

Subway : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre – Line 1 and 7

Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine

Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine

Explore 1,000 years of architectural history at the Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine. Located in the Palais de Chaillot, opposite the Eiffel Tower, the Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine presents some 1,000 years of architectural creations. The museum offers visitors a journey through the rich architectural heritage of France, from the Middle Ages to the present day, stretching over 8,000 m². Some examples include life-size reproductions of the doorway of Chartres cathedral, the painted cupola of the cathedral of Cahors and an apartment from Corbusier’s ‘Cité radieuse’, reproduced in full size. Models, videos and drawings complete the collections. Diverse temporary exhibitions (monographs of architects, exhibitions relating to current themes, exhibition workshops for children, etc.) focus on history or the challenges of today. Guided tours, video guides and games for children all contribute to making the greatest masterpieces accessible to everyone. Come and see how architecture and the urban landscape which forms the background to our everyday lives have evolved over the years. The Cité also has a bookshop and a cafe with a terrace and wonderful views.

Subway: Trocadéro – Line 6 and 9

Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Opened in June 2006, the Musée d’Arts et de Civilisations brings together the collections of the Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie and those of the ethnology laboratory at the Musée de l’Homme. Designed by Jean Nouvel in a vast public garden created by Gilles Clément, this museum develops the scientific missions of both museums, offering visitors a great range of activities.
The museum itself devotes more than 39,000 m² to the permanent exhibition of works representative of African, American, Asian and Oceanic arts and cultures. A themed section of over 750 m² focuses on universal existential questions (man’s relationship with the invisible, powerful figures, the life cycle, wealth, exchanges and currencies, man’s relationship with the natural environment, etc.).
Exhibitions on the 600 m² mezzanine present in turn different observations on one or more aspects of this heritage which have been little-known to the general public for a long time.

Subway:  Alma-Marceau – Line 9, Bir-Hakeim – Line 6, Iéna – Line 9

Musée Jacquemart-André

Musée Jacquemart-André

The Musée Jacquemart-André, owned by the Institut de France, presents collections of art that are worthy of great museums in a magnificent Second Empire mansion. Often compared to the Frick Collection in New York, it has maintained its mansion atmosphere, which makes it unique in Paris. It offers a discovery of living areas of the 19th century: ceremonial rooms, monumental stairways, winter garden, private apartments, etc. Edouard André, 19th century collector, and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, renowned portrait artist, travelled across Europe and the East to acquire rare works of art and furniture. The collections brought together are some of the most remarkable in France: works from Flemish and German schools, detached frescoes, refined furniture and tapestries also find their place on the ground floor of the house. But Nélie Jacquemart devoted most of her attention to the Renaissance period in Florence and Venice. In fact, the first floor is devoted to Italian art.

La Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel

A not-to-be-missed monument and symbol of the capital, the Eiffel Tower stands 324 m tall, and weighs 10,100 tons. Created in 2 years, 2 months and 5 days, it was built for the Exposition Universelle of 1889.
You can go up the Eiffel Tower by the stairs or by lift. On the completely refurbished 1st floor, there are shops; on the 2nd, treat yourself to a gastronomic meal at the famous Jules Verne restaurant, 125 metres above ground. Finally on the 3rd floor you are at cloud level and have an exceptional 360° view!

Viewpoint indicator on the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower.

Subway: Bir-Hakeim – Line 6

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Located at the Place de l’Etoile, overlooking the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is the biggest arch in the world. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate his victory at Austerlitz. The architects Chalgrin, Joust and Blouet all worked on the monument. Sculptures were designed by Cortot, Rude, Etex, Pradier and Lemaire. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and each evening at 6:30pm its flame is rekindled. From the top of the monument, visitors benefit from a panoramic view of Paris, during the day and at night, and two viewpoint indicators. A museum retracing the history of the Arc de Triomphe, situated within the structure, completes the visit.

Subway : Charles de Gaulle-Étoile – Line 1, 2 and 6

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is the most visited monument in France. It was built in the Middle Ages, at the far end of the Île de la Cité. Work started in the 13th century and finished in the 15th century. Badly damaged during the French Revolution, the cathedral was restored in the 19th century by the architect Viollet-le-Duc. Its many visitors come to admire its stained glass and rose windows, the towers, the steeple and the gargoyles. They can also discover Notre-Dame’s treasure and have a go at climbing the towers to enjoy a panoramic view of Paris. In 2013, Notre-Dame celebrated its 850th anniversary. For this occasion, many events were organized and the cathedral renewed its bells with the arrival of eight new bells as well as a new great bell. Road distances from Paris in France are calculated from point 0 on the cathedral forecourt.

Subway: Cité – Line 4, Hôtel de Ville – Line 1 and 11

Tours de Notre-Dame de Paris

Tours de Notre-Dame de Paris

At the top of 402 steps inside the towers of Notre-Dame cathedral, visitors are rewarded with one of the most stunning panoramic views of Paris. Before you climb up, the tour is marked by three not-to-be-missed stops: upstairs has amazing gothic architecture and vaulted warheads; the chimera galleries allow you to get close to the famous gargoyles, including the famous Stryge; and a few steps from the top, stop and admire the belfry, church bells and the famous 14-ton Emmanuel great bell.

Subway – Cité – Line 4, Hôtel de Ville – Line 1 and 11

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

Situated on the Ile de la Cité, a short walk from Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle chapel is a jewel of Gothic art. It was built in the 12th century, upon the order of King Saint-Louis, to house Christ’s Crown of Thorns, now held at Notre-Dame. The upper chapel of the monument is covered in 600 m² of stained-glass windows, of which two thirds are authentic. It’s one of the most complete and remarkable sets of stained glass of this era.

Subway – Cité – Line 4, Hôtel de Ville – Line 1 and 11

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

The Père Lachaise cemetery takes its name from King Louis XIV’s confessor, Father François

d’Aix de La Chaise. It is the most prestigious and most visited necropolis in Paris. Situated in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, it extends over 44 hectares and contains 70,000 burial plots. The cemetery is a mix between an English park and a shrine. All funerary art style are represented: Gothic graves, Haussmanian burial chambers, ancient mausoleums, etc. On the green paths, visitors cross the burial places of famous men and women; Honoré de Balzac, Guillaume Apollinaire, Frédéric Chopin, Colette, Jean-François Champollion, Jean de La Fontaine, Molière, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jim Morrison, Alfred de Musset, Edith Piaf, Camille Pissarro and Oscar Wilde are among some of them.

Subway – Père Lachaise, Philippe Auguste

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