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5 must-sees for rugby fans in Paris

17 February 2020 09:08

Sit back and soak up the best of Paris

Sit back and soak up the best of Paris

Step away from the Stade de France and enjoy Parisian views with va va voom...

1. Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur is a tourist favourite, perched at the top of Montmartre and offering one of the best panoramic views of Paris. The building is found at the highest point of the city and offers an even more spectacular sight from its large dome. Take on the 300 spiralling stairs and you'll be greeted with an unrivalled vista spanning 18 miles on a clear day. Some of the best views in the area however, can be enjoyed away from the crowds, on the charming cobbled streets of Montmartre below.

2. Catacombs of Paris

Take a break from horror tackles for the horrors of a 300-year-old burial ground. The Catacombs lie 20 metres beneath the 14th arrondissement (district) and were created to manage the city's overflowing cemeteries. The creepy interior features skull-lined walls and bones arranged in 'decorative' displays. Rooms are organised by body parts and have been open to the public since 1809. The underground home to the remains of 6 million Parisians is an unforgettable sight to behold.

3. Musee d'Orsay

The Musee d'Orsay is famed for its collection of more than 2,000 paintings and 600 sculptures. Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces fill the rooms in the building that was originally built as a train station for the 1900 World Fair. However, one of the best sights at this tourist hotspot can be enjoyed looking out from the building itself. Head to the fifth floor in the north-east corner of the museum for mesmerising views of the Louvre and River Seine.

4. Palais Garnier

If you fancy giving opera a try between the scrums, line-outs and tackles, there are worse places to convert to high culture. The Palais Garnier opera house is possibly the most extravagant building in all of Paris. The building's south façade alone took 14 painters/mosaicists and 73 sculptors to complete. Step inside for a breathtaking interior that inspired the musical, Phantom of the Opera.

5. Jardin des Tuileries

Paris' oldest and largest public garden makes the perfect getaway from the Six Nations action. Take a stroll through gardens dedicated to the memory of former French monarchs, or ditch Louis XIII and Henry IV for unparalleled views of the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. If things get a little cold outdoors, there's always the option to pop in to the world-renowned Louvre museum at the eastern end of the park.

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