Hours Reception, information, treasury, audioguides, visits organised by the cathedral... Mass and Service times First Friday of the month and every Friday during Lent at 3 pm, on Good Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. 850 years All informations about the 850 years... The Organs contribute to the beauty of the services and to Notre-Dame de Paris’s spiritual and artistic influence. Next concerts... The mini site to allow the children to discover the cathedral and to send their drawing to publish it on-line ! Hymns, prayers and the other specific meditations to Notre-Dame de Paris accompanied with audios extracts.
Eiffel Tower, ParisOnce the tallest structure in the world, the Eiffel Tower is probably Europe's best known landmark and Paris's most famous symbol. You couldn't possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you do not want to visit this world famous structure, you will see its top from all over Paris. The Eiffel Tower was built for the World Exhibition in 1889, held in celebration of the French Revolution in 1789. The construction was only meant to last for the duration of the Exposition, but it still stands today, despite all protests from contemporary artists who feared the construction would be the advent of structures without 'individuality' and despite the many people who feared that this huge 'object' would not fit into the architecture of Paris. Today, there is no such aversion anymore among the Parisians, and one could not imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, in fact it has become the symbol of the City of Light. The structure took more than two years to complete.
Notre Dame, ParisNot the largest cathedral in the world, the Notre-Dame might be the most famous of all cathedrals. The Gothic masterpiece is located on the Île de la Cité, a small island in the heart of the city. The site of the Notre dame is the cradle of Paris and has always been the religious center of the city. The Celts had their sacred ground here, the Romans built a temple to worship Jupiter. Bishop Maurice de Sully started the construction in 1163. It took until 1345 before the cathedral was completed, partly because the design was enlarged during construction. Gallery of Kings The frontal west facade features three wide portals; above the portals is the Gallery of Kings - 28 statues of Judean Kings - and higher up are the famous gargoyles and grotesques. During the Revolution, many of the cathedral's sculptures, gargoyles and interior was removed or demolished. Inside the cathedral French Kings.
The Palace - Palace of VersaillesThe Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments, the Museum of the History of France. The Château de Versailles, the seat of power until 1789, has continued to unfurl its splendour over the course of centuries. At first it was just a humble hunting lodge built by Louis XIII. But Louis XIV chose the site to build the palace we know today, the symbol of royal absolutism and embodiment of classical French art. In the 1670s Louis XIV built the Grand Apartments of the King and Queen, whose most emblematic achievement is the Hall of Mirrors designed by Mansart, where the king put on his most ostentatious display of royal power in order to impress visitors. The château lost its standing as the official seat of power in 1789 but acquired a new role in the 19th century as the Museum of the History of France, which was founded at the behest of Louis-Philippe, who ascended to the throne in 1830.
Mystery of the locksLovers leave locks inscribed with their names on Pont des Arts. The Sacre Coeur Basilica offers sweeping views of Paris. The Montmartre district, a haven for artists, used to be dotted with windmills. Rue Cler is a pedestrian market street dotted with bistros and shops. Tempting cakes for sale at the bakery on Rue Cler. A fromagerie on Rue Cler offers hundreds of varieties of cheeses for sale. Onion soup served at a bistro on Rue Cler. It's fascinating to watch traffic negotiate the circle around the Arc de Triomphe. The Eiffel Tower peeks through the Wall of Peace monument on the Champ de Mars. No limo needed: Newlyweds negotiate a Paris intersection after posing for photos on the Pont Alexandre III. Pont des Arts Sacre Coeur Montmartre Rue Cler Arc de Triomphe Eiffel Tower Street life Paris (CNN) -- When you're in love in Paris, you show it with a lock. "Without you, my life doesn't make sense," one of the locks reads in French. "Walter and Tammy engaged," another announces to the world in English.
Maison Berthillon : la qualité est notre passionPresentationProperty of the Crown, then royal residence, Chenonceau Castle is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women, who were all extraordinary and who, for the most part have marked history. For the historical background, the “Château des Dames” was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, and successively embellished by Diane de Poitiers then Catherine de Medici. Chenonceau was protected from the hardship of the revolution by Madame Dupin. The iron, but very feminine, fist in the velvet glove has always preserved Chenonceau during times of conflict and war in order to make it forever a place of peace. Throughout its history, this emblematic Castle has always attracted talent and inspired great artists. Conveying beauty and combining the elegance of architecture with that of the spirit is also sharing an elegant way of life.
Laduree MaccaronsLadurée (French pronunciation: [la.dy.ʁe]) is a French luxury bakery and sweets maker house created in 1862. It is one of the top premier sellers of the double-decker macaron, fifteen thousand of which are sold every day. They are still one of the best known makers of macarons in the world. The Pâtisserie E. History Desfontaines also opened a tearoom at the pastry shop. Present In 1993, the Groupe Holder took over the firm Ladurée. The Holder family also owns the PAUL bakery chain in France. In 2012, Ladurée will also release a collection of makeup inspired by the colors of their macarons. It will be available in Japan in February 2012, and in Europe from November 2012. Culture Ladurée regularly collaborate with fashion designers: in 2009 with Christian Louboutin, then the same year with Marni. In 2011, Ladurée was chosen to conceive macarons for Albert II, Prince of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock's wedding. Locations Europe Rest of the world References