You may have heard of the Eiffel Tower and Louvre museum, and may have taken part in Louvre museum tours, but below are some of the lesser known attractions in the city of Paris that you need to check out in your next trip to the City of Lights.
This is a great church in Paris with an architecture, which is a mix of gothic and renaissance styles, and offers a good insight into the history of the city. The church is home to the shrine of Saint Geneviève, a patron saint of Paris, who saved the city from the invasion by Attila in 451.
You will find a sixteenth century stone rod screen inside the church that is said to be designed by the architect Philippe Delorme. The shrine is ornate and is made in neo-gothic style, which was transferred here when St. Geneviève church was demolished in the year 1807.
Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil
Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil is also called the “municipal gardener” and is full of elaborate green houses built in the nineteenth century. These greenhouses were made to cultivate the plants for the various municipal parks of the city.
The green houses are grouped around a central greenhouse that is filled with palms, pools of Japanese carp fishes and an aviary. There are many other greenhouses, which are dedicated for succulents, orchids, azaleas, and varieties of ferns. There are also many formal gardens, which contain rare plants and trees.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
There are many parks that were made in 1860 by Baron Haussmann and Jean-Charles Alphand, but this is the one that tourists find the most romantic and attractive with the fake crags and lakes, waterfall, bridges, giant cedars and palm trees. You can also find a cane with fake stalactites here.
There are also things like pony rides and playground that can attract your kids, while you can relax and sunbath in the rolling lawns after your Louvre museum tours. You may also climb up to the Temple de la Sybille to get a superb view of the city.
This is a little known museum, which is built around Antoine Bourdelle’s studio. While the museum is not a major sculpture, it provides interesting details on the art history of Paris city.
Bourdelle was much interested in arts, as he was one of the assistants of Rodin and teacher of Giacometti. Bourdelle specialized in sculptures and made the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and equestrian monument general Alvear.