Paris - Ile De France Section

Eastern tip of the Ile de la Cite

Ile de la Cite in Paris Historical heart

Ile de la Cite, the spiritual and historical heart and oldest district of Paris, developed around Notre Dame Cathedral, the royal palace and the law courts

Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville – City Hall – Historic Paris

The Hotel de Ville in historic Paris, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture overlooking the Place de l’Hotel de Ville, the oldest square in Paris

Hotel de Sens - Rue du Figuier

Hotel de Sens – Bibliotheque Forney Paris

The Hotel de Sens, a masterpiece of Gothic and French Renaissance architectures, is the oldest mansion in the Marais and now home to the Bibliothèque Forney

Petit Palais

Petit Palais – Musee des Beaux Arts Paris

Petit Palais, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 and now home to the Fine Arts Museum of the City of Paris

Grand Palais - seen from Rive Gauche

Grand Palais – Palais de la Decouverte

The Grand Palais was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, and is now home to the Palais de la Découverte, a museum founded in 1937

Fontaine des Innocents in Paris

Fontaine des Innocents – Historic Paris

Fontaine des Innocents, a masterpiece of French Renaissance architecture near Les Halles in the historical centre of Paris’ Rive Droite

Les Halles - new entrance under canopy

Les Halles – Historical district – Paris

A brief history of Les Halles covered market founded in 1135, rebuilt by Baltard in the 1850s, replaced by the Forum and redeveloped as La Canopée

Inside the grounds Ecole Militaire

Ecole Militaire – Military Academy for officers

The Hôtel Royal de l’Ecole Militaire is a Military Academy for officers built in Paris during the 1750s by Ange-Jacques Gabriel the architect of Louis XV

Conciergerie - Tours Bonbec, Cesar and Argent

Conciergerie prison in Palais de Justice

The Conciergerie is the former jail of the medieval royal palace on the Ile de la Cité and is now part of the Paris Law Courts known as Palais de Justice

Comedie Francaise in Paris

Comedie Francaise – Maison de Moliere

The Comedie Francaise theatre, also known as Maison de Molière, was founded in 1680 by Louis XIV and was granted its official statute by Emperor Napoleon

Cluny Museum - Lady with the Unicor room

Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris

The Cluny Museum is dedicated to the Middle Ages and was founded in the Hôtel de Cluny, a superb Gothic mansion erected on the ruins of the Roman Baths

Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris

Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris

The Avenue des Champs Elysees, one of the iconic landmarks in Paris, was opened during the 17th century and is lined with luxury mansions, shops and hotels

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Town-hall of Auvers-sur-Oise by Van Gogh

August 8 2020

Auvers-sur-Oise, Van Gogh’s last place of residence

The small town of Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris, was once a quiet village where Van Gogh spent the last 70 days of his life and painted 78 canvases
Chateau de Raray, a superb illustration of French Classical

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Chateau de Raray, the setting for Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast movie

The elegant Classical Chateau de Raray, north of Paris, served as setting for the filming of Cocteau's movie Beauty and the Beast
Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel in Milly la Foret

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Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel, Jean Cocteau’s burial-place

The poet Jean Cocteau is buried in Saint-Blaise-des-Simples Chapel in Milly-la-Forêt, a chapel he decorated during the restoration work of 1959
Richelieu mausoleum in front of high altar in Sorbonne Chapel

June 5 2020

Sorbonne Chapel and Cardinal de Richelieu tomb

Sorbonne chapel, the college’s private chapel, is a masterpiece of French classical architecture that houses Cardinal Richelieu’s mausoleum
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