Notre-Dame is still Paris’s most-visited monument

Notre Dame is Paris’s most-visited monument. — AFP pic
Notre Dame is Paris’s most-visited monument. — AFP pic

PARIS, June 14 — The Paris tourist office has published 2017 visitor numbers for the French capital’s cultural attractions. The city’s Notre-Dame cathedral tops the list once again as the most-visited monument, followed by the Sacré-Coeur basilica in Montmartre.

Some 12 million people visited the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in 2017, making it the French capital’s most-visited monument. The Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre comes next, with 10 million visitors. The Louvre museum takes third place, with visitor numbers up 14.8per cent to eight million in 2017. Tourists also flocked to the Eiffel Tower in 2017, with visitor numbers growing 4.6 per cent to 6.2 million.

The tourist office data covers visitor numbers to Paris museums and monuments (permanent collections and exhibitions) over the past year. For 2017, the data covers 62 cultural attractions and 68 temporary exhibitions.

Paris museums also had a good year in 2017. The Fondation Louis Vuitton saw visitor numbers up 37.2per cent in 2017, while also topping the bill for the year’s most-visited exhibition in Greater Paris, with “Being Modern. MoMA in Paris” (755,184 visitors). Visitors were up 24.9per cent to the Grand Palais and 32.2per cent to the Petit Palais.

In total, the French capital’s cultural attractions drew 70.2 million visitors in 2017, up 5.9per cent from 2016.

The top 15 most-visited cultural attractions in Paris:

1. Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

2. Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Montmartre

3. Musée du Louvre

4. Eiffel Tower

5. Centre Pompidou

6. Musée d’Orsay

7. Universcience — Cité des sciences et de l’industrie

8. Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

9. MNHN (natural history museum): main site at Jardin des Plantes

10. Arc de Triomphe

11. Grand Palais

12. Fondation Louis Vuitton

13. Musée de l’Armée

14. Musée du quai Branly — Jacques Chirac

15. Petit Palais — AFP-Relaxnews

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