History School Trip To Paris
A history trip to Paris takes students on a journey through the creation of the Republic with monuments and museums at every turn.
Experience the lavish splendour of Versailles Palace
The site of the guillotine in Place de la Concorde
The prison at the Conciergerie
The beautiful gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame
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Take to the River Seine for a relaxing tour of some of the main sights of Paris. Hopping on an open deck or glass-sided boat at Pont de l’Alma, you cruise past The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Notre-Dame, Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre amongst many other sites. Tickets are valid for any cruise, so this excursion is very flexible for your itinerary.
An impressive monument of Classical inspiration, this celebration of Napoleonic success provided a model for decades of nationalist building projects. Since 1920, it has also contained beneath its vault the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, commemorating those who died in World War I.
The beautiful Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame was completed in 1345, badly damaged in the Revolution, and restored in the 19th century. You can climb the 387 stone steps of the south tower up to the famous bell tolled by the fictional Quasimodo, in Victor Hugo’s 1831 Notre-Dame de Paris. (An entrance fee applies to climb the steps).
Look out from Paris’ highest roof terrace on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower for unsurpassed views of the Eiffel Tower and iconic Parisian skyline. Students can explore the city’s layout and beautiful architecture, while enjoying the panoramic views, interactive exhibitions and 360° Café that make this a highlight on any tour to Paris. Please note that the Montparnasse Tower is due to close for refurbishment in 2020.
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The Baroque complex known as Les Invalides was built in 1670 to house disabled soldiers and part of it is still a veteran’s residence and hospital. It is also home to The Musée de l’Armée with a huge collection of artifacts from antique armour to weapons. You can take a guided or unaccompanied tour that also visits the Dome Church containing Napoleon’s tomb. Photo © Edwin 11
Originally the Abbey of St Genevieve, this was converted to a secular mausoleum during the Revolution. This tomb is dedicated to great figures of French history, from famous authors and politicians, to more obscure French rescuers of Jews from the Holocaust. Students can get a flavour of the people who have helped shape the nation’s history and identity.
The strength of Louis XIV can be seen at the world’s grandest palace, built to house his family plus thousands of noblemen, servants and hangers-on. Students can see the opulence and symbolism of the system the Revolutionaries of 1789 opposed, and visit the Hall of Mirrors, where the German Emperor was crowned and the Treaty of Versailles was signed.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart dominates the city skyline thanks to its position on top of Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. The Basilica of Montmartre was dedicated to atone for the sins of the Paris Commune. It is a building of great beauty reflecting the hopes, fears and attitudes of fin-de-siècle France. Behind the Sacré Coeur is the Place du Tertre with its artists’ colony.
Located on the banks of the River Seine, La Conciergerie remains the oldest part of the Palais de la Cité. Students can discover the significance of this building; from being the royal residence for the first French King to becoming the first royal palace in Paris to be used as a prison during the French Revolution. See the reconstructed cell where Marie-Antoinette was held prisoner before her execution in 1793.
Thousands of people were executed at the Place de la Revolution (Place de la Concorde) including King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette. Explore Tuileries Gardens, the former site where the Royal Family were held, before venturing to the former Bastille Fortress (Place de la Bastille) where a mob attacked and stormed the fortress. Transport is required.
The largest museum in the world, this is the home of the Mona Lisa plus works by masters from the most important and exciting movements in the world, and essential French works such as those by Jacques-Louis David. Students can also expand their contextual studies by viewing the museum’s vast collection of Islamic art and artefacts from the Middle East.
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Guided tours are available of the Museum of the History of Paris and its six hundred thousand exhibits tracing the development of the city from pre-historic times to the present day. The French Revolution Rooms contain 500 exhibits following the history of this period, including the storming of the Bastille, the Declaration of the Rights of Man, and the Fête de la Fédération celebrations (14th July 1790).
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
- Understand the origins and development of the French Revolution
- Study the ancien regime and what lead to its downfall
- Visit the Palace of Versailles and other key sites linked to the Revolution
- Consider the system of Monarchy versus Republic
- Gain a deeper understanding of French History and Modern France
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Gain awareness of the events that lead to the French Revolution and the consequences of the shift in power
- Understand the modern-day effects of this turbulent period of history
- Understand how the French Revolution linked to other world events
- Gain a sense of the breadth of history and develop knowledge of selected periods of history
- Explore concepts of patriotism and citizenship