Notre Dame was once again named the most visited attraction in the French capital. According to counts of the Paris Office of Tourism and Congresses (Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris) it received 13.6 million tourists last year.
The second place went to Sacre-Coeur – the basilica was visited by 10 and a half million people in 2011.
The Louvre closes the top three with 8.9 million visitors.
Only 17.5% of guests of the French capital avoid these three the most popular cultural objects in Paris by any reasons. However, the survey showed that 65% of tourists come to Paris for seeing of the city sights. To all appearance, others people come here on business and don’t have time to enjoy beauty of the city.
Below the top of the rating we can see the Eiffel Tower (7.1 million), the Pompidou Centre (3.6 million) and the Musee d’Orsay (3.1 million).
The Parisian officials are delighted that the program for attracting tourists to less known monuments, galleries and museums gives the first results.
So, the best result was shown by the house-museum of Emile Bourdelle (Musee Bourdelle) – last year the exhibition was visited by twice as many people as in previous year.
Cité de la musique, which unites a number of musical Paris institutions, including amphitheater and concert halls, has also good results.
The French Cinematheque (Cinémathèque Française) – the world’s largest film archive – was among the leaders in 2011.
Totally about 72.6 million people have visited Paris last year. Most of them are Americans, French, Brazilians, Russians and Chinese.