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Tour Montparnasse

View-from-Montparnasse-Tower

Built in 1973, Tour Montparnasse (the Montparnasse Tower) is the second highest point in Paris, after the Eiffel Tower. It is built on top of the Montparnasse - Bienvenüe Paris Métro station, and its 59 floors are occupied mainly by offices.

The Tower is 210 metres (about 685 feet) high and, although it's ugly to look at, it gives you fabulous 360 degree panoramic views of Paris and the surrounding area.

In the photo, you can see the Eiffel Tower from the top of Tour Montparnasse, and behind that, in the distance, are the buildings at La Défense.

You reach the top (56th floor) by means of high speed elevators. You can spot many of the major landmarks of Paris with ease, and it really enables you to piece the geography of the City together in a way that you can't anywhere else.

To the West are the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Trocadero and La Défense, to the East are the Luxembourg Gardens and the Panthéon, and to the North are the Louvre, the Tuileries, Notre Dame and Sacré Coeur. You also get a clear idea of the Musée d'Orsay's origins as a railway station. 

In addition to all that (make sure you take your camera), there is a permanent exhibition about Paris, a café and bar, and a souvenir shop. The facilities include binoculars, photo galleries, quizzes, interactive facilities, film, viewpoint tables, and more.

Immediately below the Tower is the Montparnasse Cemetery, where you can see the graves of, amongst others, Camille Saint-Saëns, composer, Simone de Beauvoir, feminist philosopher & author, Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher & novelist, and Samuel Beckett, Irish author, playwright & poet.

Visiting Address:
 33 Avenue de Maine
 75015 Paris

 Entrance Rue d'Arrivee

Nearest Metro:
 4 lines arrive at the Montparnasse-Bienvenüe station. The closest is the Edgar Quinet station.

Opening Hours:
 Open every day of the year.
 From 1st April to 30th September, 9.30am to 11.30pm (last lift at 11 pm)
 From 1st October to 31st March, Sunday to Thursday 9.30am to 10.30pm; Friday, Saturday and the day before a bank holiday from 9.30am to 11    
 pm (last lift ½ hour before closing)

Construction Date:
 1969 - 1972

Architect:
 Eugène Beaudouin, Urbain Cassan and Louis Hoym de Marien
 
Website address
http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/