One of the biggest benefits of staying in central Paris hotels is that the location allows you easy access to the city’s top artistic and cultural destinations. When you stay in the heart of the city, you’ll find that some of the world’s most renowned museums, historic sites, ancient sculptures and more are just a quick walk or cab ride away. It’s an art lover’s dream!
Are you considering central Paris hotels during your upcoming trip? Then use this art lover’s guide to take in all the city has to offer.
Central Paris is home to hundreds of museums. Small and large, popular and lesser-known, classical and modern – it’s all right here. Perhaps the most well-known museum in Paris (and maybe even the world) is The Louvre, a historic monument in its own right. Built in the 12th century, the Louvre Museum was formerly the Louvre Palace, serving as a fortress for King Phillip II. Today, it boasts nearly 380,000 items and 35,000 works of art on display, and spans more than 652,000 square feet. Almost 10 million people venture to the Louvre every year. Its most popular items are the Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, and the Venus de Milo sculpture by Alexandros of Antioch.
The Musée d’Orsay is yet another art museum located just a hop, skip and jump away from most central Paris hotels. It’s housed in the Gare d’Orsay, a railway station constructed in the late 1800s. The museum boasts works from some of the world’s most famous artists, including Van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Monet, Manet and Gauguin.
The Musée Picasso is a museum completely dedicated to the life and works of Pablo Picasso. It is located in the Hôtel Salé and includes more than 3,000 drawings, paintings, engravings, ceramic works and sculptures by Picasso himself.
In addition to being near a number of world class museums, central Paris hotels also put you in close proximity to some of the most awe-inspiring works of architecture on the globe. One of the most iconic spots is, of course, the Eiffel Tower. Located on the Champ de Mars, the tower was built in 1889 and served as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. It attracts about 6 million visitors every year and, as of 2012, more than 250 million people have visited the site in its lifetime.
The Arc de Triomphe is also a popular and beautiful sight to be seen in central Paris. It’s located in the Place Charles de Gaulle and acts as a memorial for those who died in the French Revolutionary war. Names of French victories, generals and others are engraved into the surface. Other notable architectural sites in the area include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre, the Paris Opera House and the Centre Pompidou.
Paris is also home to a number of long-standing sculptures, erected by some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Most popular is The Thinker, a bronze sculpture created by Auguste Rodin in 1902. The sculpture can be found in front of the Rodin Museum, formerly the Hôtel Biron.
As mentioned before, the Venus de Milo can also be found in Paris (at the Louvre). It is believed to represent Aphrodite, the Greek god of beauty.
Are You an Art Lover?
If you enjoy museums, art and other cultural opportunities, then consider central Paris hotels like the Hotel Astor Saint Honoré for your upcoming trip. With ample access to some of the world’s most renowned art, you’ll feel right at home at the Astor!
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