From north to south and east to west, discover the other Parisian monuments overseen by the Centre des monuments nationaux. 

 

  • Arc de Triomphe

    At the top of the Champs Elysées, on the Place de l’Étoile, visit the Arc de Triomphe, a national symbol. Napoleon I wanted to build the Arc de Triomphe in 1806 and the edifice was inaugurated in 1836 by King Louis-Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire. The Unknown Soldier was interred in the traffic island in 1921. The memorial flame is relit every day at 6.30pm. The view from the top of the panoramic terrace looks out over the whole of Paris.

  • Expiatory Chapel

    In the middle of Square Louis XVI in Paris, discover the Expiatory Chapel, a little gem of late neoclassical architecture. It stands where King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were buried in 1793, having been guillotined on Place de la Révolution (today’s Place de la Concorde).

  • Sainte-Chapelle

    Be enchanted by the 1,113 glass panels in this dazzling jewel of Rayonnant Gothic architecture. Built in seven years – a record time – the Sainte-Chapelle was made to house the most precious relics of Christendom acquired by Saint Louis, including Christ’s crown of thorns. Spread over 15 panes, each one 15 metres high, the stained-glass windows portraying 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments tell the history of the world up to the arrival of the relics in Paris.

  • Conciergerie

    Discover this medieval royal palace that became a courthouse in the French Revolution and the prison where Marie-Antoinette was kept. From the palace that stood in the medieval city centre, there remains the hall of the guards (Salle des Gardes) and the huge hall of the men-at-arms (Salle des Gens d'armes), built under King Philip IV the Fair, as well as the kitchens built under King John II the Good.

  • Panthéon

    Upon the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève hill, visit the Pantheon, the grand masterpiece built by French architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot. Discover the major figures buried in the crypt who have shaped the face of France’s national identity. A permanent presentation summarises the life and works of those interred there, from Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Alexandre Dumas.