Of course, Paris is widely renowned as the international city of romance. But in addition, it is not too difficult to notice the intricacies of some of the most beautiful buildings a city has to offer. There is something wonderful about taking the time to look out over the Paris skyline; a magnificent mix of striking monuments, old domed churches and of course, the unmistakeable Eiffel Tower.
The city’s architecture has a delicate and intricate, structural form, where many of the buildings are made of dark-stone (or stone that has tarnished with age), which at times makes Paris look like it is the set for an old romantic black and white film. In fact, many would agree that there just seems to be something completely timeless and graceful about much of its architecture, with its neo-classical styling.
It could easily be argued that no new building could compete with the likes of the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889 by local architect Gustave Eiffel, it is probably one of the most iconic buildings in the world. And with other monumental buildings nearby, like the Notre Dame Cathedral dating back to 1250, it is clear that Paris is an architectural city not to be messed with.
Indeed, when the Tour Montparnasse was put up in 1972 there was a national outcry that this 689 foot skyscraper structure looked completely out-of-place and spoilt the city skyline. But, actually within its surroundings, it often manages to look regal and grandiose.
However, in recent times there have been heated discussions taking place about proposed plans to build some new multi-story buildings in the centre of Paris. This doesn’t mean that there is opposition to all new buildings; it is just that Paris is very passionate about retaining its structural beauty. The Pompidou Centre is an example of a new building that slots in effortlessly; it was erected in 1979 and is widely admired for its carefully designed and delicately thought-out structure.
Indeed, Paris takes a vested interest in the structural composition of the city. And because of this, there are also many bespoke and sympathetically designed Paris hotels to choose from. They may not quite live up to the architecture of the many monuments that Paris has to offer, but it’s unlikely anyone is going to allow you to sleep a-top the Eiffel Tower!
It is good to know that many of the hotels in Paris are situated on the doorstep of the city centre, where the Eiffel Tower proudly stands nearby. What’s more, in the same line of sight can often be seen La Louvre and Champs Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe also within the city centre – a huge arc shaped monument that looms 51 feet high and is adorned with intricate engravings.
Of course, it is easy to get lost in Paris’ architecture and a few days spent appreciating it in all its glory can prove to be a very interesting visit.