The Most Photogenic Spots in Paris

Paris’s Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a sight to behold
Paris’s Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a sight to behold | © John Davidson Photos / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Jade Cuttle
31 August 2020

Paris is known for being a beautiful city, but where can you get the very best shots? Culture Trip curates the French capital’s most photogenic places – from historical landmarks to iconic bridges.

Eiffel Tower

Architectural Landmark
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View across Paris from The Eiffel Tower
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Since its completion in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has stood in Paris as an emblem of France’s industrial prowess. Approximately 7m people visit this landmark annually, with the same intention of snapping a photo, so time your visit to this iron-lattice tower early in the morning to sidestep the crowds.

Louvre Pyramid

Building, Museum
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Louvre Pyramid and Paris Beyond. The great glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre Palace with milling tourists & cityscape
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The 22m-tall (71ft) Louvre Pyramid, which acts as the entrance to the Louvre Museum, is a central landmark, built in the 1980s. Its modern glass-and-metal structure designed by IM Pei sits in contrast to the museum’s historic 18th-century architecture – and it’s a true spectacle.

Sacré-Coeur Basilica

Building, Church, Park
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Sacre Coeur, Paris.
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Atop Butte Montmartre, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, otherwise known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica, is a world-famous Roman Catholic church, consecrated in 1919. Plan to climb a narrow winding staircase in the church to enjoy views of the surrounding area.

Notre-Dame

Cathedral
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The Notre-Dame, which dates back to 1163, is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. A shot directly from the bottom of the cathedral isn’t going to be your strongest angle; head to the nearby La Nouvelle Seine, where you can dine, to best frame the building. Keep in mind that much of the cathedral is still under restoration since the 2019 fire.

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The Arc de Triomphe looms over the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle, and at 50m (164ft) high and 45m (148ft) wide, it’s among the largest triumphal arches in the world. Built between 1806 and 1836 at the request of Napoleon, it’s an iconic landmark and photogenic from all angles.
These recommendations were updated on August 31, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.