Arc de Triomphe
Standing tall at the west end of the famous Champs-Élysées is the Arc de Triomphe. Perhaps the most famous arc in the world, it was constructed by Napoleon to honor his military victories and remember the soldiers who fell in his campaigns. It also houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, honoring the soldiers of the First World War. You can join a tour that takes you to the small museum inside the arc and ends at a rooftop terrace which offers great views of the city.
Though both King Louis XVI and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette are buried at the Basilica of St Denis, the Chapelle Expiatoire was constructed on their wish. It is built on burial grounds where more than 3000 people gave up their lives in the Revolution. There is also a picturesque garden around the chapel where you can relax on on of the park benches.
Les Invalides, among the most visited tourist destinations in Paris, is a complex of several buildings that include monuments and museums related to French military history. There is a monument to King Louis XIV and an impressive Dome Church that holds the crypt of Napoleon’s tomb. Also here is a retirement home and a hospital for the war veterans.
Originally constructed as a church for St. Genevieve, this beautiful building is today dedicated to the remains of famous French citizens who contributed to the growth of the country. The façade is modeled on the famous Pantheon of Rome. Some distinguished people who are buried here are Victor Hugo, Rousseau, Voltaire, Émile Zola, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Jean Moulin, Louis Braille and Jean Jaurès.
Princess Diana Memorial
Originally a gift to France from the United States to symbolize Franco-American friendship, La Flamme de la Liberte, which was erected in 1989 at Place de L'Alma, has since become an unofficial memorial for Princess Diana. Her tragic death occurred in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel below in 1997, and many of her admirers leave flowers and messages at the base of the sculpture and the nearby parapet.