Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain


Designed by Jean Nouvel, this stunning glass-and-steel building is a work of art in itself. It hosts temporary exhibits on contemporary art (from the 1980s to today) in a diverse variety of media – from painting and photography to video and fashion, as well as performance art. Artist Lothar Baumgarten created the wonderfully rambling garden.

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2. Cimetière du Montparnasse

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4. Les Catacombes

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It’s gruesome, ghoulish and downright spooky, but it never fails to captivate visitors. In 1785, the subterranean tunnels of an abandoned quarry were…

5. Musée Atelier Zadkine

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Russian cubist sculptor Ossip Zadkine (1890–1967) arrived in Paris in 1908 and lived and worked in this cottage for almost 40 years. Zadkine produced an…

6. Pavillon Davioud


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7. Orchards


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8. Abbaye Royale du Val-de-Grâce


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