The Best Virtual Tours of Paris Landmarks and Museums
Updated: Aug 16, 2020
Here's my wanderlusty guide to the best virtual tours of iconic Paris landmarks and museums.
Do you wish you were in Paris? Or need some destination or cultural inspiration (who doesn't)? Well, there's a fix. Now, you can explore French wonders right from your couch or computer. You'll be transported to the City of Light with the click of a mouse.
The Best Virtual Tours of Paris To Take Online
Let's take the best virtual tours of Paris landmarks and museums together. FYI, in this guide, I've only included art museums with massive online collections on Google Arts & Culture. If you need even more fine art and want the complete scoop on all Paris museums that you can virtually visit, here's my guide for that.
1. Paris Catacombs Virtual Tour
The Catacombs is Paris' "Empire of Death,” a 200 mile honeycomb of tunnels. The system is so enormous that no one knows exactly how many tunnels or chambers exist. The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables' Jean Valjean both haunted these tunnels. During WWII, the French Resistance used the tunnels.
With cemeteries in Paris overflowing, a portion of the tunnels were turned into an ossuary for human remains. At first, bones were haphazardly deposited. Eventually, they were organized and systematically displayed.
Now, housebound horror fans can get their fix of Parisian gore. Check out this virtual Catacombs tour. This virtual tour gets you even closer.
2. Les Invalides Virtual Tour
Les Invalides is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement. It includes: (1) the the royal chapel, known as the Cathedral of St. Louis des Invalides, with its iconic golden dome; (2) the Musee de l'Armee, and (3) Napoleon's Tomb.
The cathedral was Paris' tallest building until the Eiffel Tower was erected in1887. It's definitely one of Paris' must see churches.