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What you should not miss in Paris?
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The French Open, known in France simply as Roland Garros, is the most important clay-court tournament in the world, broadcast in over 160 countries. Follow the tournament this week: click here
- Tennis Tournament: Rolland Garros
Since 1928 the competition has taken place in Paris between the last week of May and the first week of June, reuniting the best tennis players in the world who come to battle it out for the legendary trophy. Alongside the Australian Open, the US Open and Wimbledon, this event is one of the four legendary Grand Slam competitions in tennis.
A slow surface, the clay court tests the players physically as well as technically, as they prepare specifically for the French Open.
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- The Eiffel Tower:
Iis an iron tower designed and built by Gustave Eiffel on the occasion of the 1890 Exposition Universelle. This Parisian monument located at the near end of the Champ-de Mars, right on the left bank of the river Seine, has become over the years a world renowned symbol for France and Paris. In 1889, before the tower was officially completed, only three world monuments reached or stood taller than 150 m : Rouen cathedral (150 m), Cologne (169 m) and the Washington Monument (170 m).With its 300 m, the Eiffel Tower did easily surpass all the existing world monuments. Yet, in 1930, the Chrysler building in New York with its record breaking 319 m becomes the world’s tallest building, thus overtaking the Eiffel Tower.
Metro stations : Bir Hakeim and Ecole Militaire
- The Champs - Elysées:
The Champs-Elysées avenue which Parisians simply call « Les Champs » is Paris’ most famous avenue. It begins at Place de la Concorde with its spectacular obelisk and unfurls right up to the Charles-de-Gaulle (formerly Etoile) round about. It offers a long perspective lining up perfectly Louis XIV’s equestrian statue in the Louvre Napoleon court yard, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, the Tuileries garden , Place de la Concorde and its obelisk, the Arc de Triomphe and further still the Arche de la Défense.
In its lower section, the avenue is flanked by green spaces and a few buildings such as Théâtre Marigny, Petit Palais, Grand Palais, Elysée Palace ( French Président’s official residence). Along its upper part are numerous luxury shops and cabarets (Louis Vuitton, Lido, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), cinemas, famous cafés and restaurants (Fouquet’s, Ladurée).
- The Louvre museum and the Tuileries garden
Located in the very heart of Paris, the Louvre houses a dazzling collection of works of art, including Leonardo da Vinci ever famous Mona Lisa, but also the Venus of Milo, la Victoire de Samothrace, together with huge painting collections featuring “ Le sacre de Napoléon” by David, “ la liberté guidant le people” by Eugène Delacroix or still “Le radeau de la Méduse” by Géricault.
Evolutions of the architectural entity housing the Louvre museum. In the very beginning, the Louvre was a fortress built in 1190 by king Philippe Auguste .Later François I would transform it into a Renaissance palace and, in 1594, king Henri IV would undertake the building of a “gallery” to join the Louvre to the Tuileries palace. The Cour Carrée (square courtyard) was built under the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, thus increasing four fold the size of the former Renaissance court yard.
Later in 1678, Louis XIV was to choose Versailles as royal residence and power centre. In the 19th century, Emperor Napoléon III will launch a new extension phase: final unification of the Louvre and Tuileries and completion of the Richelieu wing. Unfortunately, the Tuileries palace is completely destroyed by fire in 1871, never to be rebuilt.
Finally, under the François Mitterand’s presidence, the Grand Louvre project will come into being with its spectacular steel and glass pyramid as well as the reopening to the public of the Richelieu wing , home for a long time to the Ministry of Finance.