Places to visit


In Paris there is a multitude of places to visit. Most of them are concentrated on small areas of the city. Itineraries can be organised by area in order to visit most of the places.
The following spots are easy to access from the Conference venue (by walk or by public transports).

Jardin du Luxembourg


Situated near the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, the « Jardin du Luxembourg » (also called Luxembourg Gardens) was created in 1612 at Queen Marie de Médicis' request. The 25 hectares of garden are divided in two parts: French Garden and English Garden. In the middle there is a geometrical wood and a large ornamental lake. Orchard of apples, apiaries, rose garden and collection of orchids can be found in the garden as well as the 106 statues, the monumental Médicis’ fountain, the orangery and the Davioud Pavilion.
In the garden many facilities are provided for children to play and numerous activities are offered for adults such as tennis, bridge and chess. The Luxembourg garden is also a place that hosts different events like concerts and photography exhibitions.

Panthéon


The “Panthéon”, easily identifiable by its shape and dome, is a monument located in the Latin Quarter of Paris. This traditional church is dedicated to the patron saint of Paris, Saint Genevieve. Since French Revolution, Its crypt houses a necropolis of important figures of the republic such as Victor Hugo, Marie Curie and Alexandre Dumas.
From the colonnade of the dome, people can enjoy a beautiful view of Paris in Spring and Summer.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris


The Sacré-Cœur is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. Consecrated in 1919, the basilica is located on the Montmartre hill. The characteristics of the monument are its white colour and its Roman-Byzantine style. Inside the building, the ceiling is decorated with the largest mosaic in France measuring about 480 m². All the monument is worth a visit. You can discover the crypt and go even higher up to visit the dome where the 360° view of Paris is magnificent. A short walk from the Sacré Coeur is the Place du Tertre, the district of Abbesses with its steep, winding roads, and at the bottom of the hill, the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret.

Louvre Museum


While visiting Paris, the Louvre is the first place that deserves to be discovered. Indeed, the biggest Museum in Paris houses the most beautiful treasures such as the western works of art dating from the Middle Ages to 1848, the collections of ancient oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations as well as graphic and Islamic arts. From room to room, the former royal palace reveals its masterpieces to the public: the Mona Lisa, The Raft of the Medusa, the Venus de Milo, and The Winged Victory of Samothrace. In total, there are 35,000 works to be discovered or re-discovered!

Eiffel Tower


The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic monument of Paris. Built for the Exposition Universelle of 1889, the Eiffel Tower stands 324 m tall and weighs 10,100 tons. You can climb up the monument by the stairs or by lift. There are three floors: the first one has been entirely renovated and has a shopping area. The second floor houses the well-known gastronomic restaurant Jules Verne and from the third floor you can enjoy a wonderful 360° view.

L' Arc de Triomphe


Situated at the Place de l’Etoile, overlooking the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is the biggest arch in the world. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate his victory at Austerlitz. The architects Chalgrin, Joust and Blouet all worked on the monument. Sculptures were designed by Cortot, Rude, Etex, Pradier and Lemaire. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and each evening at 6:30pm its flame is rekindled. From the top of the monument, visitors benefit from a panoramic view of Paris, during the day and at night, and two viewpoint indicators. A museum retracing the history of the Arc de Triomphe, situated within the structure, completes the visit.

Musée d’Orsay


Internationally renowned for its rich collection of Impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay also displays all Western artistic creation from 1848 to 1914. Its collections represent all expressive forms, from painting to architecture, as well as sculpture, the decorative arts and photography. You're sure to be dazzled by the beauty of the place: a train station that looks like a palace, inaugurated for the 1900 Universal Exposition.

At the end of 2011, the museum reopened all of its entirely renovated spaces as well as some new rooms: an additional 400 m² for the Pavillon Amont, Post-Impressionist artists at the heart of the museum, the redesign of the Impressionists gallery, a new temporary exhibition space, plus a new 'aquatic' decor for the Café des Hauteurs, designed by Brazilian designers, the Campana Brothers.