Paris (nicknamed the "City of light") is the capital city of France, and the largest city in France. The area is 105 square kilometres (41 square miles), and around 2.15 million people live there. If suburbs are counted, the population of the Paris area rises to 10.7 million people. It is the most densely populated city in the European Union, with 20.653 people per square kilometer.
The Seine river runs through the oldest part of Paris, and divides it into two parts, known as the Left Bank and the Right Bank. It is surrounded by many forests.
Paris is also the center of French economy, politics, traffic and culture. Paris has many art museums and historical buildings. As a traffic center, Paris has a very good underground subway system (called the Metro). It also has two airports. The Metro was built in 1900, and its total length is more than 200 km (120 mi). The city has a multi-cultural style, because 19% of the people there are from outside France. There are many different restaurants with all kinds of food.
Top 5 Tourist Attractions:
1) Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower:
Its construction -- completed in just 2 years, 2 months and 5 days -- was an incredibly technical and architectural feat. Meant to stay standing for only 20 years, the Eiffel Tower was saved by its immense popularity and by Gustave Eiffel’s scientific experiments. In fact, its creator suggested a more functional purpose to the tower: use it as an antenna for the first radiophonic transmissions. Although its existence was controversial from the beginning, the Eiffel Tower ended up conquering the hearts and minds of its most ardent critics. Today, the Eiffel Tower is home to numerous events that attract people from all around the world.
2)Paris by Night:
The Moulin Rouge is Paris’s number 1 show, if not Europe’s. For more than 126 years, the most legendary French cabaret has been welcoming spectators from all over the world to see the famous French Cancan dance firsthand. Around the globe, the Moulin Rouge is appreciated and admired by spectators and performers alike. From Mistinguett and Edith Piaf to Jean Gabin, Frank Sinatra, and Liza Minnelli, the Moulin Rouge has welcomed some of the world’s greatest stage performers. The cabaret was further immortalized thanks to the famous painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec whose posters and paintings still contribute to Moulin Rouge’s international notoriety.
3)Admire the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris:
Notre-Dame is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Initially spearheaded by bishop Maurice de Sully, the cathedral’s construction spanned for more than two decades: from the beginning of the 11th century to the first half of the 14th century. The cathedral has been a firsthand witness to several historical events such as the arrival of the Holy Crown in 1239, the exoneration of Joan of Arc in 1456 and the coronation of Napoléon I in 1804.
4)Take a stroll around Montmartre and visit the Sacré Coeur Basilica:
The Montmartre butte is the highest point in the capital and is famous for the Sacré Coeur Basilica (Sacred Heart) as well as panoramic views of Paris. While admiring views of Paris,Take a break at the lively Tertre Square where painters and portrait and caricature artists work outside, the perfect way to get a sneak peek at a masterpiece in the making! By the way, both Renoir and Van Gogh rolled up their painting frock sleeves at the Tertre Square.
5)Visit the Louvre Museum:
The controversial glass pyramid located in the Napoléon courtyard rapidly became symbolic of the museum. The 13th century Philippe Auguste fort that surrounds the museum was reorganized until becoming the royal residence for several centuries. It wasn’t until 1793 that it became the Central Museum of Arts, France’s first national museum. Year after year the museum’s collections grew larger, thereby taking up more and more place at the palace.
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