Paris: Most popular tourist attractions in 2006
Last week, Paris’ office of tourism announced that 69 million tourists visited the city’s attractions in 2006. Yowsa. And what were the most popular sights?
- First place: Notre Dame — 13.5 million visitors graced the cathedral, up from 13 million in 2005.
- Second place: Basilica de Sacre Coeur in Montmartre — 10 million visits, up from 8 million in 2005.
- Third place: The Louvre — 8.3 million visits, up 10.3 % from 2005.
- Honorable mention: Musee d’Orsey, the 20-year old museum of 19th and 20th Century art, placed seventh with 3 million visits, its highest number ever.
But who are these visitors? The New York Times reports today that the country is aware of the foreign-born demographic packing its museums (occasionally turning the Louvre into a “crowded railroad station”).
President Sarkozy’s government is considering ways to bring the French back into their own cultural institutions, including free admission for les francais. Just don’t bump Mona…