interesting facts about paris

interesting facts about paris

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Paris is situated in Northern France on the banks of the River Seine. With a population of over twelve million people, the French capital is at the heart of theÎle-de-France region. It is a light that has remained undimmed, and which now attracts 42 million visitors a year, making Paris the most visited city in allthe world. Her attractions are never far apart, and in-between, well, merely walking her streets is to wander through picture postcards.

The engine room of Paris is La Défense. This modern business district, filled with light and art, is testimony that Paris is designed for living,even when at work. From the futuristic Grande Arch at La Défense, the six mile-long Historic Axis of Paris leads us back into France's grand past. The Arc de Triumph, built by Napoleon, rises from the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle and offers commanding views of the 12 grand avenues, which radiate outwards like a star.  From the Arc de Triomphe, The Champs-Continuousness's along the Historic Axis. This grand avenue is where Parisians come to dine, shop, enjoy the theatre and to celebrate life.

Just a short stroll away is the world's greatest treasure-house of art, the Musée du Louvre. Once a 14th Century Palace, today the Louvreis the most visited art gallery in the world. With over 35,000 artworks, her most famous residents are the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.  But be warned, this collection of pricelessartworks and antiquities is simply too vast to explore in just one day. Not far from the Musée du Louvre stands the Centre Pompidou, displaying the largest collection of modern art in Europe.

Parisians are still excited debating whether this radical design is the vision of a madman or a genius! Notre Dame Cathedral is situated on Îlede la Cité, a natural island in the River Seine. Complete din 1345, this gothic masterpiece with her flying buttresses and gargoyles has played center stage to some of the defining moments of French history and literature.

Parisians also to see it as their duty to enjoy life to its fullest.   Nothing says Paris like the Eifel Tower. The Iron Lady can be seen from all over the city. However, nothing can prepare you for the moment when you first stand at her feet, or the views from the top that you will hold dear for a lifetime.  Looking north, the city rises into the hill side neighbourhood of Montmartre. Once the artistic centre of Paris, her twisting streets and narrow lanes were at one time the home of Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh.

They are the perfect place to lose yourself and discover those special Parisian moments and joy. But you can never be lost for long in Montmartre, as long as you head upwards you'll eventually come to her gleaming white crown, Sacré-Cœur Basilica.  Leave the bustling city behind and step through the gates of The Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. Here, amid the quiet world of bird song andintrospection, you can pay your respects to Jim Morrison,Oscar Wilde, and some of the world's greatest minds for whom Paris is now forever home.

This magnificent 17th century Château welcomes everyone, from heads of state to backpackers.  The River Seine runs right through the heart of Paris, creating a natural divide between her famousLeft and Right Banks.  Of her 37 bridges, The Pont Alexandre IIIis considered the most ornate, while the graceful Pont Des Arts offers some incredible moment for vistas of the city. Artists and photographers gather here to capturethe light, while lovers attach padlocks to the railings as if to say "This is Paris, now we are Paris too and enjoy beautiful paris weather

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