Tourists who have flocked to the ‘most romantic city’ have made the cathedral their top pick among sites to visit
PARIS, France — Thirteen Parisian landmarks drew more than a million visitors last year, but Notre-Dame Cathedral was the top pick and far ahead of the iconic Eiffel Tower, the city’s tourist office said on Monday. town.
The Gothic cathedral on a small islet on the Seine attracted 13.6 million tourists, followed by the Sacré-Coeur – a basilica perched on a Montmartre hill overlooking the city – which attracted 10.5 million.
Nearly 9 million people visited the Louvre and the number of visitors to one of the world’s largest museums rose 5.6% year-on-year, while the Eiffel Tower welcomed 7.1 million visitors, also an increase of 5.6%.
The Center Pompidou, a museum designed in the style of high-tech architecture by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano, was visited by 3.6 million people.
The Musée d’Orsay, housing an impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in a converted train station, drew 3.1 million people.
“Visiting museums and monuments is the main motivation for visiting Paris (65%)”, specifies the office in a press release.
“With 72.6 million visitors, attendance at the 64 Parisian cultural sites studied increased by more than 2.5%” from one year to the next, he specifies.
“Americans and Britons made up the largest number of visitors” to museums, he said, pointing out that the number of Brazilians, Russians and Chinese had increased significantly. – France Media Agency
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