On Monday, we highlighted several spots around Paris that are featured prominently in Lisa Schroeder’s My Secret Guide to Paris. Today, we’re spotlighting a few other Paris landmarks mentioned in the book:
Another famous Parisian landmark, the Arc de Triomphe can be found in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle. It is a monument to honor those who fought and died in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Beneath the Arc is France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Visitors can go to the top of the Arc, where there is a small museum and amazing panoramic views of Paris.
Notre Dame Cathedral is located on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité, one of two natural islands found on the Seine River in Paris. An active parish, the cathedral has been featured in works of fiction, perhaps most famously The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
The Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge spanning the Seine River in Paris. It is, perhaps, most famous these days for the “love locks” — in which couples attach a padlock with their names or initials on it, and then toss the key into the river as a symbol of their love. However, the locks have been causing major problems and damage to the bridge, prompting the city to replace many panels where locks cannot be attached.
The Musée de la Poupée is a private doll museum in Paris. It is featured in My Secret Guide to Paris because Nora’s mother is an avid collector of dolls, and visits the museum in the book.
Found in Paris’s Latin Quarter, the Pantheon was originally built as a church for St. Genevieve. It now functions as a secular mausoleum and is home to the remains of renowned French citizens, such as Voltaire, Victor Hugo, and Marie Curie.
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