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Housed in a former railway station along the Left Bank, the Musée d'Orsay is regarded for its rich collection of impressionist works. You'll see paintings by French artists like Degas, Monet, Cezanne, and Van Gogh, among many, many others. The museum also houses a number of sculptures, as well as photography and even furniture displays. And if you climb to the museum's top balcony, you can catch a breathtaking view of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica through the museum's massive transparent clock.

Although the extensive Louvre may appear to get most of the Parisian limelight, recent travelers seem to enjoy the Musée d'Orsay more. Travelers say the museum is much more manageable than the often overwhelming Louvre and note that there are also significantly fewer crowds here. Many visitors confidently report that you can easily get through this museum in a few hours. As for the art, travelers loved the museum's colorful collection of paintings as well as the building itself, with many calling the Belle Epoque architecture of the d'Orsay a work of art on its own.

Even though the Musée d'Orsay doesn't see nearly as many visitors as the Louvre (the annual visitors is a little more than 2 million while the Louvre is 9 million), don't expect to be greeted with an empty museum. There will still likely be a fair amount of tourists to share space with. General admission here is 12 euros (around $14) per person. Doors are open every day from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. except Mondays. On Thursdays, the museum stays open till 9:45 p.m. and if you come in from 6 p.m. onward, you'll receive a discounted 9 euro ($10.08) ticket. You can also snag this discount every other day if you decide to visit the museum past 4:30 p.m. You can reach the Musée d'Orsay by hopping off the Assemblee Nationale Metro stop, line 12. For more information about the museum, visit the Musée d'Orsay website

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Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.

Like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian icon. Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral started in the late 10th century and final touches weren't made until nearly 200 years later. And once you get an eyeful of the cathedral yourself, you'll start to understand why it took so long.

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