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Explore the Arènes de Lutèce

Located in the Latin Quarter, the “Arènes de Lutèce” were built between the first and the end of the second century. They could accommodate around 15,000 people. Visitors can still see the location of the actors’ dressing-room, the main stage’s platform as well as some of the stone cut elements. With the “Thermes de Cluny”, they are the only evidence of the Gallo-Roman period still apparent in Paris.

Re-discover the Palais de Tokyo

Built for the International Exhibition of 1937, the "Palais de Tokyo" became, in 2012, one of the largest locations dedicated to contemporary art in Europe, now extending all the way to the Seine and forming a hillside bridge between the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées.

Tread upon the Philippe Chatrier tennis court at Roland Garros

Erected in 1928 during the construction of the Roland Garros stadium, built to host the final of the Davis Cup between France and the United States, this court was the scene of the greatest chapters in the history of the tournament : Bjorn Borg’s six titles, Yannick Noah’s victory in 1983, the nine crownings of Rafael Nadal, the six trophies of Steffi Graf... In 2001, this court is baptized with the name of one of the most iconic presidents of the French Tennis Federation , Philippe Chatrier.

Walk in the "Petite Ceinture"

An old railway line with double tracks that went around Paris within the “Boulevards des Maréchaux”, the “small belt” has been open since 1852. Parisians abandoned it, favoring the subway. Traffic with travelers was closed in 1985 while the cargo of goods disappears in early 1990. In 2006, the City of Paris and the Réseau Ferré de France sign an agreement to reconquer it: natural trails, promenades, shared gardens, and participatory construction sites for the opening of nine stations ...

Sit at the Paris Mayor's desk

The office of the Mayor of Paris, located at the second floor of City Hall, measures 1,600 square feet. It has a view on both the Ile de la Cité and the Place de l'Hotel de Ville. This is where the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, meets with her team. The decoration changes regularly.
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Dive in the « Underground Lake » of the Opera Garnier

Architect Charles Garnier conceived, under the Opera, a large concrete casing filled with water to withstand the pressure of seepage and better alleviate some of heavy charge caused by the buildings he designed . That oddity in design gave birth to the legend of an underground lake fed by a water course named Grange-Batelière ».

Smile at the Opéra Comique

The Opera Comique was created under the reign of Louis XIV, in 1714. It is one of the oldest theatrical and musical institutions in France with the Paris Opera (formerly Royal Academy of Music) and the Comédie Française. Its history was alternately turbulent and prestigious until its recent inclusion on the list of national theaters, in 2005.

Let yourself go over the Seine

And discover a panorama of original locations, which are not limited to bridges. From the Quai Branly to the Sully Bridge, the banks of the Seine are listed amongst the World’s Heritage by UNESCO. The reconquest of the Seine river banks began in 2014 with the pedestrianization of the left bank of the Seine, from the Pont Royal to the Pont de l'Alma and, in September 2016, the Council of Paris adopted by majority deliberation a decree rendering pedestrian, on the right bank side, a section of 3.3 km, going from the Tuileries tunnel (1st arrondissement) to the Arsenal basin (4th).

Climb to the top of Paris 13 Tower

Originally, this tower, located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, is named to be destroyed in late 2013. With the support of the Mayor of the 13th and an agreement with the landlord of the building, ICF Habitat La Sablière, the Itinerrance Gallery employs more than a hundred of Street artists from around the world to invest this tower before its destruction and made it the biggest street art group exhibition ever made.

Fly in the Grand Palais nave

Located in the heart of Paris, on the Champs-Elysées, the Grand Palais is one of the most famous Parisian landmarks. Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, and dedicated "by the Republic to the glory of French art", it was classified as one of France’s historical monuments in 2000. With 40,000 square feet of space, the Nef is Europe’s largest canopy.

Fly in the Grand Palais nave, by night

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