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Paris houses many of history's more stunning spiritual relics-- cathedrals and chuches that stand today as breathtaking testimonials to a complex heritage of Christianity that dominated in Paris from the fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution. Many of these majestic cathedrals and churches fell into near-ruin in the wake of the Revolution, but revived interest in the 19th century broug…
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Paris may be one of the world's best-preserved cities. History is a walk around the block here, with stunning Paris monuments finding visitors wherever they venture. Come here to find information on Paris' best-known monuments and historic buildings, but also for picks of lesser-known, hidden nuggets of history around the city.

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Loire Valley Châteaux
The châteaux, numbering more than three hundred, represent a nation of builders starting with the necessary castle fortifications in the 10th century to the splendor of those built half a thousand years later. When the French kings began constructing their huge châteaux here, the nobility, not wanting or even daring to be far from the seat of power, followed suit. Their presence in the lush, fertile valley with its moderate climate, began attracting the very best landscape designers.
Romantic Paris
Paris is the city of romance, and a tremendously popular destination for couples, lovers and honeymooners. The city is filled with cozy, intimate romantic hotels and accomodations.

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In the suburbs...

1.Champs-Elysees-01.jpg (100314 bytes) Squares, Areas and Parks
Paris may be one of the densest cities in Europe, but luckily, there are plenty of sublime green spaces to explore around the city.
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025-Palais_Garnier_bordercropped.jpg (81222 bytes) Theatres, Restaurants
On a warm summer day in Paris, long apéritifs and sunbathing may sound more appealing than an afternoon at the theater.
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I.M. Pei's Louvre Pyramid: one of the entrances to the galleries lies below the glass pyramid. Libraries & Galleries
Paris has been a major center of innovation and genius for centuries, and this heritage is reflected in the city's incomparable museums and galleries. The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay are among the most famous, but countless other smaller, more intimate museums and galleries await art lovers.

This month's featured building

  Azay-le-Rideau Philippe Lesbahy, built from 1518 to 1527
The sculptural details at Azay are particularly remarkable. On the ground floor, fluted pilasters on high bases support the salamander and the ermine, emblems of François I and Claude de France.
The Romantic generation rediscovered the appeal of Azay-le-Rideau. Honoré de Balzac called it "a facetted diamond set in the Indre." Now Azay-le-Rideau is surrounded by a distinctly nineteenth-century parklike English landscape garden with many specimen trees, especially exotic conifers: Atlas cedar, and bald cypress and sequoias from the New World.

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