Notre Dame with 13.6 mn visitors tops Eiffel Tower

Agence France-Presse

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Tourists who flocked to the 'most romantic city' made the cathedral their top choice among spots to visit

THE NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, also known as Notre Dame de Paris (French for 'Our Lady of Paris'). Screen grab from YouTube (

PARIS, France – Thirteen Paris landmarks attracted more than one million visitors last year but the Notre Dame Cathedral was top choice and far ahead of the emblematic Eiffel Tower, the city’s tourism office said on Monday.

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The Gothic cathedral on a little islet on the River Seine drew 13.6 million tourists, followed by Sacre Coeur — a basilica perched on a hill in Montmartre overlooking the city — which attracted 10.5 million.

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Nearly 9 million went to the Louvre and the numbers at one of the world’s largest museums increased 5.6 percent year-on-year, while the Eiffel Tower got 7.1 million visitors, also a 5.6 percent increase.

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The Pompidou Centre, a museum designed in the style of high-tech architecture by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano, was visited by 3.6 million people.

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The Musee d’Orsay, housing an impressive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in a converted railway station, attracted 3.1 million.

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“Visiting museums and monuments constitutes the main motivation for visiting Paris (65 percent),” said the office in a statement.

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“With 72.6 million visitors, the numbers going to the 64 Parisian cultural sites surveyed increased by more than 2.5 percent” year-on-year, it said.

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“Americans and Britons comprised the largest number of visitors” to museums, it said, stressing that the numbers of Brazilians, Russians and Chinese had risen substantially. – Agence France-Presse

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