Paris Landmarks Highlighted in the Summer Olympics 

The Eiffel Tower overlooks the Seine River in Paris, France.

The city of Paris, France, will host the Summer Olympics next month. This will be the third time the city has hosted the Olympics. The last time the Olympics came to Paris was a hundred years ago! Most of the events will take place in and around the city. Some events will be held in other cities around France. Some of Paris’s most famous landmarks [important buildings or places] will play  important roles.  

Perhaps the most well-known landmark in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. It was built in 1889. The tower is more than a thousand feet tall. At the time, it was the tallest human-made structure in the world! The city has built an outdoor stadium next to the tower. The stadium will host beach volleyball. Over the years, many of the Eiffel Tower’s iron parts were replaced. Some of this iron has been used in the Olympic medals that will be awarded at the games. 

Pont Alexandre III is a metal bridge from 1900. It spans the Seine River. It is famous for its gold statues and many lamps. The bridge will be the finish line for several events. These events include the triathlon, marathon swimming, and road cycling. Seating has been set up near the bridge for people to enjoy the events. 

The Palace of Versailles is located a few miles from Paris. This grand building was the home of France’s royal family. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. It is perhaps best known for its gardens. The Palace of Versailles will host equestrian [horse riding] events. 

The 2024 Olympics Games in Paris begin on July 26. Thousands of people will watch the opening ceremony take place along the Seine River. Around the world, millions more will watch the ceremony on television or mobile devices. For two weeks, sports fans will watch athletes compete for medals. As they do, they will be treated to the sights and sounds of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.  

What Do You Think? Why would people planning the Olympics want to host events near important Paris landmarks? 

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