One of the unique aspects of Paris is the fact that it is considered by many to be a veritable « laboratory » that has been used to test the concepts of various architects. Therefore, it is truly one of the most eclectic cities in the world for those who appreciate the mix of art and design. So, it only proves wise to take a brief look at some of the most stunning examples of this concept.
Created in the reign of Napoleon III, this avenue is one of the most recognisable streets in Paris. The boulevard is home to several retail centers, but is particularly known for its apartment buildings; their carefully controlled cornice heights providing a pleasing compliment to the wide-open nature of the street.
Otherwise known as the Palais Garnier, this 19th century opera house has the ability to accommodate nearly two thousand patrons. However, its most stunning features are the exterior facades of the building and their monumental opulence. Many believe that this opera house is the most recognisable in the world; a Parisian landmark equivalent in fame to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Many architects have copied the Renaissance style of its exterior since its construction between 1861 and 1875.
The Eiffel Tower
It should come as no surprise that the Eiffel Tower needs to be mentioned. This iconic landmark was first erected for the World’s Fair of 1889 and since that time, the structure has become what some consider the most famous piece of modern French architecture in the world. Standing over one thousand feet tall, this wrought iron masterpiece is known for its daring shape, the four sweeping lower arches and the view from atop.
The Arc de Triomphe
A final and immortal visual icon can be seen with this famous arch. The brainchild of architect Jean Chalgrin, the arch was originally constructed in 1806 to honour those who died during the Napoleonic Wars. While the size is truly massive, the beauty of its neoclassical design and the numerous stone engravings allow the arch to be aesthetically pleasing and a true wonder of French architecture.