In pictures: Paris monuments under threat as flood waters rise

Flood waters reached dangerously close to some of the French capital’s most iconic buildings and monuments on Friday as the River Seine rose to near-record levels.

The River Seine, which cuts across the French capital, surpassed the critical 6m above-base-level mark on Friday afternoon, and was still rising.

The Square du Vert-Galant on the west end of Ile de la Cité was completely underwater.

Some of France’s most recognisable buildings are located in central Paris. Waves were lapping dangerously close to the Notre Dame Cathedral, also located on the Ile de la Cité.

The Louvre and Orsay museums, home to priceless works of art and historical artefacts, both shut their doors to the public on Friday.

The Conciergerie held hundreds of prisoners during the French revolution, including Queen Marie Antoinette, before they met their deaths at the guillotine.

Two security guards look at the furniture that was washed out of a bar-lounge located on the banks of the Seine near the Alexandre III Bridge.

The Palais Bourbon, which can be seen here in the background, is located across the Place de la Concorde and is the seat of France’s lower-house National Assembly.

It was not a day like any other in Paris, especially for residents who live on barges docked along the River Seine.

Workers rushed to set up anti-flood barriers to protect an electrical installation near Alma Bridge.

Parisians unofficially use the Zouave (soldier from a regiment in French North Africa) of Alma Bridge to measure flood waters. During the infamous flood of 1910, the Seine rose above his head.

The 1910 flood was captured in stunning photos, and reminders of the dangerous surge can be still be found around central Paris.