Paris Monuments

There are different kinds of monuments in the City of Lights, and they are the biggest reason why so many tourists flock the beautiful city. There are all different kinds of monuments that have come up throughout history, and they all have great significance, as every true monument does. Some of them are known throughout the world, and are associated with Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

One thing that is easily observed about the monuments in Paris is their architectural design, more so for the buildings. Paris is a city that has taken thousands of years to build, and since the monuments erected are from different points in time, they exhibit different architectural styles. The different architectural styles range from medieval to gothic, which is well displayed in Paris’s most popular monuments such as the Notre Dame Cathedral. Renaissance architecture arose at a time when gothic inspiration was dwindling, and some of the most recent monuments exhibit a more subtle Neoclassical approach, which is the last true architectural design from French history.

Paris is intuitively constructed, but it was not always like this. It was until the reign of Napoleon that a modernization plan for Paris was conceived. Baron Haussmann is credited with the innovative reorganization of Paris into the planned City that it is. In his plans he incorporated the coverage of the city with classy edifices. Perhaps the best depiction of this is with the Arc de Triumph from which avenues arise from. This kind of planning would increase the importance tagged to monuments in Paris, thereby increasing their popularity. In his modernization plans, Baron Haussmann also incorporated the size and number of public spaces, and this drastically transformed the way the city appeared. This led to the creation of gardens and parks, which are monumental even by today’s scales. These ‘green spaces’ as they were initially referred to were commissioned by Napoleon after he saw and appreciated them in London. Paris churches, most of which are considered monuments, were inspired by the religious nature of Parisians of the Middle and the Renaissance Ages. They are the monuments that best describe the architectural styles that were present during said times.

Ironically, some of the monuments that are now cherished were disliked at the time of their creation. A fine example is with the Eiffel Tower, which is the emblem of the France. It was regarded to as unnecessary, but it slowly gained acceptance, and now Paris would be incomplete without it.

You cannot be able to name all the great monuments in Paris, mostly because there are too many of them, and they are spread throughout the city. This also means that it is impossible to see them all in one trip. Unless your Paris vacation stretches over a few weeks, then a repeat trip always becomes necessary if you want to appreciate all the monuments that the City of Lights is proud to own. Paris teaches you to appreciate its assortment of styles both in architecture and in culture, and it is the thing that makes the city one of the best to visit in the world.