Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis
The Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis is an important Catholic site located just north of Paris. This in exemplary sampling of Gothic art, with stained glass windows in rose, blue, purple and mauve, and a crenellated parapet on the top of the facade. On the site is a museum with 70 sculpted statues and the Royal necropolis.
Basilique du Sacré Coeur
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica, or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart boasts some of the best views of the city. Located in the northern part of the city on Montmartre hill, it houses the tombs of the archbishops and cardinals who created this basilica. Don't forget to see the triple-arched portico and the 2 bronze equestrian statues when you are at the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. There is also a great bell here. Go to the top of the dome for a stunning view of Paris.
Château de Champs-sur-Marne
The Château de Champs-sur-Marne is exemplary of neoclassical architecture. It lies to the east of the city, about 18 km out, and houses a rich furniture collection amongst rococo decoration.
Château de Fontainebleau
About 55 kilometers from Paris is the stunning Château de Fontainebleau, which is the biggest royal châteaux in France. There are more than 1500 rooms here in 130 acres of beautifully laid out gardens and parkland. Visit the museum tracing French architecture, history and art, and take in the pleasant surroundings.
Château de Maisons-Laffitte
Visit the birth place of horse racing in France, the Château de Maisons-Laffitte. This impressive building, located in a northwestern suburb of Paris, is a masterpiece from the architect François Mansart.