From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre: Paris Landmarks Quiz

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Ooh la la! Want to feel like a sophisticated Parisian? Grab your beret, and join us on our tour of Paris landmarks as we storm the Bastille and stroll the Champs-Elysees.

Let's start with a symbol for Paris itself: the Eiffel Tower. Who was the Eiffel Tower named for?

Eiffel was an architect and engineer.

What was the Eiffel Tower built to celebrate?

The Paris World's Fair and the anniversary of the French Revolution both happened in 1889.

How long did it take to build the tower?

It's pretty impressive that a technologically advanced engineering marvel could make it up so quick.

The Louvre is one of the greatest collections of Western art in the world, but modern art isn't included. What year do the Louvre collections end?

The Louvre holds art starting from the Middle Ages to 1848.

What Paris landmark holds art post-1848?

The Musee d'Orsay does, but only until 1921. Paris has a lot of art and a lot of museums to hold it.

The Louvre was first developed as …

In the 12th century, the Louvre was first created to bolster an enclosure around Paris.

The Notre Dame Cathedral is located …

In the middle of the Seine river, which runs through Paris, is the Ile de la Cite, which the Notre Dame Cathedral sits on.

What then-revolutionary architectural feature is used in the design of Notre Dame?

Flying buttresses, weight-bearing arches, were a fairly modern design at the time.

Who wanted a "triumphal arch" to celebrate Paris and the French army?

Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe in 1806.

The Arc de Triomphe marks the entrance of what iconic Parisian street?

The Champs-Elysees runs from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde.

In what neighborhood is the Sacre Coeur Cathedral located?

Sacre Coeur sits atop a hill in Montmartre, a northern neighborhood.

Montmartre has roots as a place of worship from what time?

Ancient Gauls celebrated their gods on the site.

The National Opera of Paris is housed in what famous landmark?

The Palais Garnier is home to the most famous Paris operas.

What famous character makes its home in the Palais Garnier?

This one might've been a little obvious.

Pere Lachaise is the name of what famous Paris landmark?

The cemetery was named after a priest during Louis XIV's time, Father de la Chaise.

Who is NOT buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery?

Some of the world's greatest artists, but no Napoleon.

Where is Napoleon Bonaparte buried?

Napoleon I is buried at the Army Museum in Paris.

What famous landmark houses the Army Museum?

The Hotel des Invalides is a splendid building that formerly was used as a hospital and home for veterans.

What infamous character was originally the occupant of the Luxembourg Palace?

Henry IV's queen and Louis XIII's regent, Marie de Medici was politically powerful in her own right.

The Petit Luxembourg houses whom?

It houses the president of the Senate. Let's keep in mind that "petit" is relative, when it comes to palaces.

What artist was known for his patronage (and posters for) the Moulin Rouge?

The famous cabaret was made even more well-known through the Toulouse-Lautrec's work.

Is the Moulin Rouge on the right or left bank of the Seine?

While the left bank at one time conjured images of bohemians, the cabaret is located in Montmartre on the right bank.

What is held in the catacombs of Paris?

The catacombs are ossuaries where the bones of people were put to help remedy overflowing cemeteries.

The bones of how many people are in the catacombs?

The bones of 6-7 million people are there. That's a lotta bones.

Why did Louis XV build the Pantheon?

Hey, he made good on his vow to replace the church.

What does the Pantheon now hold?

The Pantheon is now a mausoleum.

Who is buried in the Pantheon?

Dumas and Hugo are buried there, as well as Voltaire and Louis Braille.

How big is Luxembourg Gardens?

The park isn't huge at 56 acres, but it is a beautiful urban oasis.

What famous fountain is in Luxembourg Gardens?

Once again, here's Marie de Medici's influence.

What famous French landmark is NOT in Paris?

Sorry, you'll have to travel outside the city for both of these.

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