Staying in Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower can give you unfettered access to the city’s most iconic structure, but your opportunities for sightseeing and historic appreciation don’t stop there. In fact, these hotels also put you in extremely close proximity to some of the country’s oldest and most renowned sights and buildings.
If you’re staying at Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower on your upcoming trip, be sure to check out these five must-see historic sites:
Most people know the Louvre simply as an art museum, but the building actually has a much deeper history than that. Located on the right bank of the Seine River, the Louvre Museum is actually a former palace. The Louvre Palace was built in the 12th century to serve as a fortress for King Phillip II. Parts of the original fortress structure are still visible today.
In 1692, when King Louis XIV decided to live in the Palace of Versailles instead, the Louvre Palace was simply used to store and display the royal art collection. More than a century later, it was turned into a full-fledged museum. Today, it offers the public access to more than 35,000 items across 650,000 square feet of space.
Though an eerie, spooky site, the Catacombs of Paris are one of the most visited places in the city. Located south of the Place Denfert-Rochereau, the catacombs are full of caverns, tunnels and historical stone mines, as well as underground cemetery plots and ossuaries. The Catacombs were built in 1810 and is considered one of the city’s 14 museums.
Notre Dame Cathedral
One of the most iconic sights in France, the Notre Dame Cathedral has been featured in countless movies, books, TV and throughout pop culture. An authentic Catholic cathedral, Notre Dame is largely considered to be one of the top examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. Its hundreds of sculptures, stained glass windows and Roman elements make it a true sight to be seen.
The cathedral is also home to a reliquary, which boasts various Catholic relics like the Crown of Thorns, a Holy Nail, and a piece of the True Cross. Perhaps the most well-known aspect of Notre Dame is its bell tower, which was built in 1681. The bells can still be heard from across the city today.
Place de la Concorde
Paris is home to a number of public squares and garden, but the Place de la Concorde is easily the most popular and well-known. Located in the eighth arrondissement, it stands just at the end of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. It boasts statues, stone buildings, gardens, fountains and the Luxor Obelisk, an ancient Egyptian structure gifted to the French president in the 19th century.
The Place de la Concorde was built in 1755 and originally named to honor Louis XV. Over the years the site has served many purposes, even housing a guillotine during the French Revolution. King Louis XVI was executed there in 1793, and the plaza’s name was changed to “Concorde.”
Located beneath the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Crypte Archéologique is accessible only through a stairwell in the plaza next door. It houses the ruins of the historical Gallo-Roman city of Lutetia. There are early heating systems, streets, homes, walls and more, all giving you a glimpse at what life was like in the ancient world.
If you’re planning to stay at Paris hotels near the Eiffel Tower when you visit France, be sure to stop by these awe-inspiring historic sites while you’re here. Still in need of a hotel? Then consider the Hotel Astor Saint Honoré. With affordable rates, luxurious accommodations and a delicious, on-site restaurant, you won’t find a better deal than this.
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