Top 5 most Instagramable places in Paris – Travel Talk Article
Known as both the city of love and the city of lights, Paris is a treasure-trove of history, beauty, monuments and art. This city is full of glorious vistas, both instantly recognisable ones and those lesser-known pockets that are quintessentially Paris. While there are many places in Paris more than worthy of an Instagram post, we’ve whittled down the list to the top five.
- La butte Montmartre: the hill of Montmartre is an iconic spot in which to soak up the artistic history of Paris and get snap-happy; with the famed Moulin Rouge located at the bottom of the hill in Pigalle, then a quick trip up the funicular takes you to the beautiful Sacré-Cœur church. There is so much that is visually enticing here: the cobbled streets; the Place Du Tertre where artists gather and will draw your portrait; the stunning Sacré-Cœur church with its ever-present gargoyles keeping watch over the city skyline. The playful carousel in the gardens below the church is a whimsical juxtaposition to the history of this stunning basilica and also featured as a meeting place in the movie Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain. The gardens and merry-go-round are a great place for a insta-capture, with the towering Sacré-Cœur in the background above.
- Eiffel Tour – Known and loved the world over, La Tour Eiffel was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle de Paris by Gustave Eiffel and was originally despised by Parisians. Now a beloved fixture of the Parisian skyline and a global cultural icon, a photo on the lawns in front of it, or looking up through its towering metal ballasts, is a must.
- Notre-Dame Cathedral – located on the ÎIe de la Cité, this cathedral was built between 1163-1345 and was immortalised in literature by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. This fine example of French Gothic architecture is known for its stunning stained glass rose window and the architectural beauty of the flying buttresses at the back of the church.
- Louvre and the Tuileries gardens – the only museum in the world that has an entrance considered to be a piece of art (I. M. Pei’s glass pyramid), this world-famous collection of art is literally one-of-a-kind, housing over 35, 000 pieces of art. With no photography officially allowed inside the Louvre, make the most of the beautiful symmetry of the courtyard where the Louvre’s glass pyramid sits in harmonic contrast to the French Renaissance buildings. The neighbouring Le Jardin des Tuileries stretches from the Louvre to Place de la Concorde and is a gorgeous green oasis of tree-lined paths, bistro chairs, water features and flowers, offering a host of great Instagram opportunities.
- Chateau de Versailles – while not strictly in Paris, but 20 mins away by train, or 45 mins by car – the palace of Versailles and its gardens are unique in grandiose beauty and history. Opulent vistas abound outside in the perfectly-sculptured gardens, beauty of the building’s façades and Marie-Antoinette’s estate. Its famed royal occupants spared no expense on this impressive palace and gardens, whose entire grounds are bigger than New York’s Manhattan Island.
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Published: 2 August 2017