- 1 The Golden Dome of Les Invalides
- 2 Great Clock of the Place de la Concorde Obelisk
- 3 Old Pont Neuf Bridge
- 4 A Bell Tower Without a Church
- 5 An Old Prison: Conciergerie Clock Tower
- 6 King’s Fame at Square du Vert-Galant
- 7 The Mystery of Martyr’s Hill Montmartre
- 8 Eiffel Tower Statistics
- 9 Bell of Notre Dame Cathedral
City of lovers or city of lights… It never gives up its title of being one of the most visited cities in the world. Much has been written and drawn about Paris. You’ve probably heard a lot about Paris too. But Paris is full of surprises waiting to be discovered, and they’re all on this list.
The Golden Dome of Les Invalides
Les Invalides, also known as the Hôtel national des Invalides, in the city of Paris is a monument to the military history of France. Its construction began in 1670. The golden dome of this building was restored to its former shine by using 12.65 kg of gold leaf in the 200th year of the French Revolution. It continues to shine in the city of Paris now.
Great Clock of the Place de la Concorde Obelisk
Place de la Concorde is one of the largest and most important squares in Paris. As the name suggests, the Luxor obelisk in this square was brought from Egypt and has hieroglyphs on it. But that this is the oldest monument in the city of Paris. Not many people know that there is a sundial that shows the international time.
Old Pont Neuf Bridge
One of the famous bridges of the city of Paris, Pont Neuf means “New Bridge” but it is the oldest bridge in the city. This is the bridge of firsts for Paris. It was the first road to separate pavement and traffic in the city of Paris, and the first bridge to be built without a building on it.
A Bell Tower Without a Church
Normally churches have bell towers, but the city of Paris is home to an exception. In fact, the Tower of Saint Jacques was once part of the Church of Saint Jacques de la Boucherie. Built in the Gothic style in the 16th century, this tower was the starting point for pilgrims coming to Paris on the way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. In 1802, the church was dismantled, but it was decided to preserve the tower.
An Old Prison: Conciergerie Clock Tower
Conciergerie Paris is a former prison located west of the Île de la Cité, old town, but is now used for courts. In this building is a colorful clock made in 1370. The Tour de l’Horloge (Tower Clock) is the first public clock of the city of Paris.
King’s Fame at Square du Vert-Galant
There is a green area called Square du Vert-Galant at the western end of Île de la Cité, when you descend the steps of the Pont Neuf bridge. The name of this place is King IV. It comes from a nickname given to Henri. Despite his advanced age, the king used to be a womanizer around here.
The Mystery of Martyr’s Hill Montmartre
In Roman times there were two temples dedicated to Mars and Mercury on the hill of Montmartre. After ancient times, when St. Denis, the first bishop of Lutetia, was beheaded in the 2nd century AD, it became Martyr’s Hill. Legend has it that St. Deniz took his severed head and walked to what is today called the Basilica of Saint-Denis.
Eiffel Tower Statistics
The Eiffel Tower, one of the symbols of the city of Paris, weighs about 7 thousand tons and is painted with 50 tons of paint every seven years. During the storm in 1999 at 240 km/h, the tower swayed 13 cm, but this variation was already calculated by Gustave Eiffel as a maximum of 70 cm. The 18 cm slip in the heat wave of 1976 is a record for the symbol of the city of Paris.
Bell of Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral, located in the old city of Paris, is also the head venue of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In fact, Quasimodo is the bell ringer here. Apart from the view of Paris, this bell is the most interesting element of the church. He weighs 13 tons and his name is Emmanuel.