Paris is a city with a lot to offer. It has some of the most significant and impressive artifacts of French history but it’s also a thriving, lively and distinct culture that’s known the world over – and difficult to match. Legendary buildings decorate the skyline, and the remains of the city’s Roman and revolutionary eras still dot the cobbled streets and modern manicured avenues. There is so much extraordinary art and history here; it’s impossible to take in everything in a mere week or two. Don’t overwhelm yourself with an overloaded schedule – instead, hit these incredible sites for a rounded take on Parisian culture, history, and personality.

Musée du Louvre

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Widely considered to be the world’s greatest museum, the Louvre brings together a dizzying collection of renowned European masterpieces from the likes of da Vinci, Rembrandt and Raphael, in what was once Europe’s largest royal palace. The building itself is a work of art, and aside from the thousands of artistic treasures from Europe, there’s an amazing collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities: you’ll find the Venus de Milo (dating back to 2nd century BC) and the Egyptian funereal sculpture Squatting Scribe (traced back to 2500 BC) among the prized exhibits. As you may have guessed, the Louvre is huge, and it’s nearly impossible to see everything; plan your sightseeing strategy around your personal artistic interests, and give yourself two to three days to take them all in.

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