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8 unique places to see in Paris

8 unique places to see in Paris

Here are a list of 8 unusual and unique places to see while visiting Paris:

Rue Cremieux Paris - image by Mu under Wikimedia Commons

1. The Catacombes – these underground tunnels house the remains of around 6 million people. A small section is open to the public

2. Rue Crémieux – near Gare de Lyon in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris, this tranquil colourful street of English style 2-story terraces makes for an interesting photo opportunity – see attached image, thanks to Mu via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

3. Musée Edith Piaf – this small private museum located in Ménilmontant provides a unique overview of the life of French singer Edith Piaf. An appointment is required, recommended to be at least 8 days in advance

4. Musée de Montmartre – the oldest home on the hill of Montmartre houses original works by artists such as Utrillo, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Willette, including handbills, posters, and artwork of Le Chat Noir

5. The National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France) – founded by Charles V in the mid 1300’s, this was the largest library in the world until the late 1800’s. It houses an extensive collection of historical works. The oval reading room is a sight to behold.

6. The Defender of Time – located just north of the Pompidou Centre in a laneway of shops & apartments this now fallen into disrepair clock shows a man fighting off the crab, the dragon and bird representing the sea, the earth and the sky.

7. Centre Pompidou – located in the 4th arrondissement, near Les Halles. The amazing structure is known for it’s colour and visible functional elements such as pipes, air ducts and escalators on the outside of the building. It houses the largest collection of modern & contemporary art in Europe

8. Statue of Liberty – in 1889 this statue was given to the city of Paris by U.S. citizens living in Paris to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. It is located on the Île aux Cygnes, an artificial island built in the River Seine

Do you have any favourite, out of the ordinary, places you like in Paris?

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