Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour, Paris

Located on the right bank of the River Seine, the 2nd arrondissement, together with the adjacent 8th and 9th arrondissements, hosts an important business district, centred on the Paris Opéra. The area contains the former Paris Bourse (stock exchange), the Garnier Opera House and the famous Fragonard Perfume Museum.
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Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: karen
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Galerie Colbert

1) Galerie Colbert

Colbert Gallery shelters the National Institute of Art History and incorporates a part of the Colbert Hotel - a mansion built in 1637, the first creation of Louis Le Vau. There is also an nice brasserie here where you can take a rest and sip some coffee or tea after touring the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bibliothèque Nationale

2) Bibliothèque Nationale

The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is the National Library of France, located in Paris. It is intended to be the repository of all that is published in France. The National Library of France traces its origin to the royal library founded at the Louvre by Charles V in 1368. It expanded under Louis XIV and opened to the public in 1692. The library's collections swelled to over 300,000 volumes during the radical phase of the French Revolution when the private libraries of aristocrats and clergy were seized. Following a series of regime changes in France, it became the Imperial National Library and in 1868 was moved to newly constructed buildings on the Rue de Richelieu designed by Henri Labrouste. On 14 July 1988, President François Mitterrand announced the construction and the expansion of one of the largest and most modern libraries in the world, intended to cover all fields of knowledge, and designed to be accessible to all, using the most modern data transfer technologies.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bourse des Valeurs

3) Bourse des Valeurs

The Paris Bourse (or "Bourse de Paris" in French) is the historical Paris stock exchange, known as Euronext Paris from 2000 onwards. The building, known as the Palais Brongniart, is located in the Place de la Bourse, in the II arrondissement, Paris. The creation of Bourse de Valeurs was ordered by Napoleon that asigned Alexandre-Theodore Brogniart to design it. The architecture of the Bourse is both impressive and imposing as it has 64 columns in a classical Greek style and the interior has Gothic architectural features.

Until the late 1980s, the market operated as an open outcry exchange, with the agents de change meeting on the exchange floor of the Palais Brongniart. In 1986, the Paris Bourse started to implement an electronic trading system. This was known generically as CATS (Computer Assisted Trading System), but the Paris version was called CAC (Cotation Assistée en Continu). By 1989, quotations were fully automated. The Palais Brongniart hosted the French financial derivatives exchanges MATIF and MONEP, until they were fully automated in 1998. In the late 1990s, the Paris Bourse launched the Euronext initiative, an alliance of several European stock exchanges.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palais Garnier Opera House

4) Palais Garnier Opera House (must see)

Garnier Opera House, located on Place de l'Opera, is one of Paris' greatest landmarks. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. It was designed by Charles Garnier in a Neo-Baroque style and it is an architectural masterpiece of its time. The building also became an inspirational architectural prototype for the next 30 years after its construction. The Palais Garnier is "probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris". It also houses the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera Library-Museum). Although the Library-Museum is no longer managed by the Opera and is part of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the museum is included in unaccompanied tours of the Palais Garnier.

Why You Should Visit:
If you aren't very familiar with opera but would like to see one the Garnier is a great place to go. Try to see one of the Italian operas, such as those composed by Puccini or Verdi. Those operas usually run about 3½ hours (including intermissions) and have great music you will recognize. Running times are available on the website.

Tip:
You also have the option of a self-guided tour of the palace for €12, or you can have a guided tour that takes you into places you can't go on your own and provides additional details about the history of the palace and opera.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-4:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fragonard Perfume Museum

5) Fragonard Perfume Museum

The Musée du Parfum, also known as the Fragonard Perfume Museum, is a French private museum of perfume located near the western side of Opéra Garnier. The museum was created in 1983 by the Fragonard perfume company within a Napoleon III town-house (built 1860). Its rooms contain period furnishings and perfume exhibits, including antique perfume bottles, containers, toiletry sets, stills for steam distillation of perfume extracts, etc. Displays show how perfumes are made today, and present the history of perfume manufacturing and packaging. Of particular interest is an orgue à parfum (perfume organ) with tiers of ingredient bottles arranged around a balance used to mix fragrances.

The museum is open daily; admission is free.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Théâtre Mogador

6) Théâtre Mogador

Founded in 1913 and designed by Bertie Crewe, Théâtre Mogador is a Parisian music hall theater located in the 9th well-known shopping district. It seats 1,800 people on three tiers. An audience of connoisseurs comes here to find an informal but serious ambiance. If you have sophisticated tastes you must definitely pass by and see a good performance as this is an important theater on the Parisian scene for many years now. In 1913 financier Sir Alfred Butt rented an area in Paris. Built according to English music hall principles and style during World War I, the theater was originally named the "Palace Theatre", after the like-named one in London, in order to appeal to British soldiers. The name was shortly thereafter changed to "Théâtre Mogador", Mogador being the old name of the town of Essaouira in Morocco. The inauguration guests include President Wilson, in France to negotiate the Treaty of Versailles. It was inaugurated by US president to be Franklin Delano Roosevelt April 1919. From 1920 it was a Cine-variety, and gained fame with the performances of Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes", and with the Thés Mogador – performances of operettas and plays in the afternoon. Until the seventies, the Théâtre Mogador was mainly used for performances of operettas, including Mistinguett. An extensive renovation restored the building to new splendour in 1983. In 2005, it was purchased by the Stage Entertainment group (then called the "Stage Holding - The Theater Group").
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musée Gustave Moreau

7) Musée Gustave Moreau

The Musée national Gustave Moreau is an art museum dedicated to the works of the Surrealist and Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau (1826-1898). It is the former reasidence of the painter and turned, by his decision, into a museum after his death in 1895. Today the museum contains Moreau's drawings, paintings, watercolors, and sculptures. One of Moreau's most famous paintings is - Femme Fatale that he depicts in many giuses as Salome, Eve, Delila, a sphinx, a vampire, virgin, and as a Lady with the Unicorn. An admission fee is charged.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 12:45 pm & 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm; Friday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Le Bus Palladium

8) Le Bus Palladium

A trendy nightspot with decades of history under its belt, Le Bus Palladium has attracted some legendary names for a night of entertainment, including the Beatles, Mick Jagger, and Salvador Dali. The interior design is both chic and shabby, with plenty of velvet accents throughout the space. An extensive menu of hardy American fare is served with names of popular rock songs like the Welcome to the Jungle and the With or Without You. Live music can be found here throughout the year, with Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays reserved for a happening club scene with hot DJs spinning a fantastic mélange of funk, hip hop, soul, disco, and R and B.

Operation Hours: Daily 11 pm – 6 am

Walking Tours in Paris, France

Create Your Own Walk in Paris

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Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour

Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour

The 7th arrondissement of Paris is the most affluent and prestigious residential area in France, home to the French upper class, plus a number of French national institutions, government offices and diplomatic missions. This neighborhood boasts typically Parisian architecture complete with vibrant cafes, restaurants and gourmet shops which draw foodies in their numbers. Among other attractions on this walk you will visit the Eiffel Tower, Hôtel des Invalides (Napoléon's resting place), Palais-Bourbon, Musée d'Orsay, Musee Rodin, and Musée du quai Branly.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Champs-Elysees Nightlife

Champs-Elysees Nightlife

A haven for the arts in Europe, with its influence felt worldwide, Paris boasts a steady stream of visitors to its fine city. After dark, guests to the City of Light can enjoy a multitude of great nightlife establishments that is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a hot night on the town. Whether its live DJs spinning intense electronic beats or a live acoustic jazz band you’re looking for Paris has it all. Take this Champs-Élysées Nightlife Tour and discover the city’s eclectic range of great nightspots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Montmartre Walking Tour

Montmartre Walking Tour

Montmartre is one of the most famous and visited neighborhoods in Paris. It has some extremely beautiful plazas and marvelous architectural masterpieces. This tour comprises a few of the most popular places to be visited in Montmartre.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops

Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Paris without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Paris, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Religious Sights Walking Tour

Religious Sights Walking Tour

Paris is one of the cities that can fairly be considered a religious destination because of the number of churches that one is able to visit here. Reports show that, for instance, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, recorded 13.65 million visits in 2006, and the number is increasing every year. This is a tour that includes some of the most beautiful Christian relics located in the center of Paris - the Latin Quarter.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Le Marais Walking Tour

Le Marais Walking Tour

The district Le Marais used to be a bourgeois area in the past and a major center of the Paris Jewish community that still exists today. Here, you will find different bookshops specializing in Jewish books, restaurants with traditional Jewish food and a synagogue. You may consider taking the self-guided city tour presented below to visit all the important attractions in Le Marais.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

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