Apartments du Louvre - Saint Honoré neighborhood is a great area to experience the city. Great architecture, wonderful restaurants, lively squares and plazas, easy access by Metro and Bus, and very close proximity to Paris' greatest monuments and museums. Here's a non exhaustive list of our favorites, all located a short walk from our building.
A beautiful Square with typical Haussmanian Neo classical architecture , also home of countless Jewelery and Design shops and the fashionable deluxe hotels such as the Ritz (the original!) and Hotel Vendôme. Experience luxury and the the charm of this plaze while on a walk along the rue Saint Honoré. Be sure to stop by Ladurée for some macaroons and tea.
In the heart of the 1st district, this district was formed for the first time during the French Revolution and is home to several tourist sites steeped in history. From the imposing building of La Comedie Française, passing through the "Buren columns" of the Palais Royal and Place des Victoires, there is Jonne d'Arc, bareheaded and wearing armor in the center of the Place des Pyramides. It is a vibrant neighborhood full of good gastronomic options and with a strong cultural heritage.
Inaugurated on January 31st, 1977, the Center Pompidou welcomed, in 2016, more than 3 million visitors. Its museum houses one of the world's three largest collections of modern and contemporary art, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London. Originally, the Center was to include a museum of modern art, a public library and the Industrial Creation Center (ICC), but in 1971 a music creation center (IRCAM) was also added to the project. Avant-garde architecture and controversy in its days, the Center Pompidou won a wide public success during its opening by finally hosting five times more visitors than expected.
The Musée de l'Orangerie is located on the western terrace of the Jardin des Tuleries and its building was originally constructed to house the orange trees decorating the garden of the Tuileries Palace during the winter. In 1922 the museum began to be converted to receive the donation of the great opus Claude Monet’s Nymphéas. The painter died only six months after the inauguration, in 1927. Attached to the Musée d'Orsay in May 2010, the Orangerie Museum houses works from famous painters like Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and also pleases by its exterior, which counts with several sculptures of Rodin.
The Louvre Museum, inaugurated in 1793 at the Palais du Louvre, former royal residence located in the center of Paris, is today the largest museum of art and antiques in the world, with an exhibition area of 72,735 m². Its original construction dates from 1190, but it was only in 1317 that the castle was transformed into a royal residence. Stadium of many renovations over the years, the castle was “abandoned” in 1678, when Louis XIV chose Versailles as royal residence. It was not until the 18th century that new projects turned the Louvre into a museum. Currently, the Louvre Museum receives more than 8 million visitors a year and has more than 550,000 pieces, including the famous Mona Lisa, from Leonardo da Vinci, and Alexandros of Antioch’s Venus de Milo.
THE GRAND PALAIS
The Grand Palais was built in Paris for the world exhibition scheduled for April 15 to November 12, 1901, instead of the vast but uncomfortable Palace of Industry of 1855. “Monument dedicated by the Republic to the glory of French Art”, its original vocation is to host major artistic events in the capital. Its main vessel consists of an imposing space surmounted by a large glass roof. This type of building marks the culmination of the eclecticism characteristic of the “Beaux-Arts” style and constitutes, on its own, a summary of the tastes from the “Belle Epoque”. Inaugurated on May 1st 1900, the Grand Palais houses, since 1901, the “Fine Arts” Salons, but also those dedicated to innovation and modernity, and many other artistic events.
The Musée d’Orsay was inaugurated in 1986 in the building that housed the former Gare Ferroviaire d’Orsay, along the left bank of the Seine. It is one of the largest museums in Europe and has the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world, with nearly 1,100 pieces. In addition to its famous paintings, in 1977 the Musée d’Orsay exhibited a collection of decorative arts from the period 1848-1914, that reflected the mutation of the production of art objects related to the industrial revolution that of the fine arts applied to industry. With more than 3.4 million visitors per year, the Musée d’Orsay is the second most visited museum in Paris.
THE SAINT-JACQUES TOWER
The Tower of Saint-Jacques is an old bell tower and only remnant of the church Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie, reference to the merchant district at the right bank. This ceremonial sanctuary was home to a relic of Saint-Jacques and a famous place of pilgrimage and of worship of the merchants of the district. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tour de Saint-Jacques is the starting point of Paris's pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Inaccessible to the public for about 9 years, this historic monument was revived in 1996. The visitations are open again since 2013, between June and October.