By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Apr 25, 2024 9:44 pm

This July, sports and fitness enthusiasts alike will once again witness one of the greatest and most prestigious multi-sport events.

Athletes, who are the cream of the crop in their respective categories, are set to fly to Paris to partake in the 2024 Summer Olympics, which will be held from July 26 to Aug. 11. The spectacular event will see the best of the best strive to bring home the gold and make their countries proud.

But more than seeing the awe-inspiring skills of our favorite athletes, Olympic fans can also have the opportunity to marvel at historical locations throughout France where the games take place.

From grand stadiums to exquisite palaces, let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the iconic and remarkable venues in Paris and France where the upcoming sports event will take place.

Eiffel Tower Stadium

The Eiffel Tower is a highlight and must-see on visits to Paris. It's only fitting that the tallest structure in the city will serve as a backdrop for two exciting events at the 2024 Olympics.

A temporary outdoor arena is being built at Champ de Mars, a large public greenspace with beautiful gardens where visitors can do all sorts of recreational activities. 

It is situated between the Ecole Militaire (military school) to the south and the magnificent Eiffel Tower on the River Seine side, giving athletes and the audience a chance to admire the global cultural icon of France as they enjoy the beach volleyball and blind football events.

Stade de France

The national stadium of France, Stade de France, holds the distinction of being the largest one in the country, with a capacity to host more than 80,000 spectators.

It was initially created for the 1998 Football World Cup held in the country, but it has since continued to be the ideal setting for other sensational games such as the UEFA Champions League finals in 2000, 2006 and 2022, as well as the Rugby World Cups in 1999, 2007 and 2023. 

This makes it one of only two stadiums in the world to have hosted both a Football World Cup final and a rugby union World Cup final, along with Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

Château de Versailles

A historic event such as the Paris Olympics deserves an equally significant setting that’s rich in history and heritage, and none fits the bill more than the Château de Versailles, also known as the Palace of Versailles.

The former royal residence was once a simple hunting lodge dating back as far as the 17th century before it was transformed as a home to the court of Louis XIV in 1682, making the palace the de facto capital of France.

Following its abandonment in the aftermath of the French Revolution, the palace was eventually restored in the 1830s. Now, it stands as a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds over 60,000 works depicting the history of France.

For the Olympics, a temporary outdoor arena will be built at the heart of the palace's gardens to host the jumping and dressage competitions.

Pont Alexandre III

It’s only in Paris where you’ll be able to see a bridge incorporated as a setting for an Olympic match.

The Pont Alexandre III is regarded as one of the more famous landmarks in Paris, having been featured in multiple films and television shows such as Emily in Paris, Me Before You, and more. 

It is also a symbol of elegance and beauty in the city, with numerous sculptures of cherubs, nymphs, and winged horses, as well as art nouveau lamps decorating the deck arch bridge.

Being 45 meters wide and 107 meters long, the Pont Alexandre III is the perfect area for when athletes cross the finish line of the individual cycling time trials, swimming marathon, and triathlon at this year’s Summer Olympics.

Stade Roland-Garros

Stade Roland-Garros is an iconic stadium in tennis history. The complex is named after pioneering French aviator Roland Garros and was constructed in 1928 to host France's first defense of the Davis Cup.

Throughout its history, it became the setting for many legendary tennis games because of its 18 famous clay courts, including the Philippe-Chatrier centre court and the Suzanne Lenglen court. Its reputation even paved the way for it to stage one of the grand slam tennis tournaments: the French Open.

Apart from tennis, the Stade Roland-Garros will also host boxing and sitting volleyball matches in the upcoming Olympics.

La Concorde

While there's no denying the sense of excitement that stadiums bring about in the realm of sports, there are also activities that can only belong in areas away from stadiums, at the heart of the city.

This is why the Place de la Concorde, one of the major public squares in Paris, was transformed into an open arena to host various urban sports disciplines for this year's Olympics, including Basketball 3x3, BMX Freestyle, Breaking, and Skateboarding.

The otherwise lively events to take place in the park is a far cry from the the past, as La Concorde was previously the site of many notable public executions, including those of King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and Maximilien Robespierre in the course of the French Revolution.

Marseille Marina

Delving away from Paris, the sailing events of Paris 2024 will be held in the marina of the city of Marseille. Known as the oldest city in France, sports around Marseille largely revolves around water as it is part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Sailing, in particular, is a major sport in Marseille as the city boasts ideal sailing conditions, with favorable winds and spectacular seascapes. Along with its expertise in hosting and organizing boat-related events, this makes it the undisputable winner when it comes to hosting sailing competitions for the Paris 2024 Games.

Grand Palais

The Grand Palais lives up to its name with its impressive architecture, eliciting fascination and admiration from all over the world thanks to its enormous conservatory-style glass roof and large stone colonnades.

Since becoming the site for the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900, the exhibition hall and museum complex has hosted numerous cultural shows and events, whether it be art, fashion, sports, history, and other festivities.

Located alongside the River Seine, the Grand Palais will now serve as the backdrop to the taekwondo and fencing events at the Summer Olympics.