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Paris’ stunning architectures and rich culture makes it one of the most visited cities in the world: Grandiose is the perfect word to describe it. With its incredible history and breath taking landmarks, without a doubt, it can be difficult to know where to begin when visiting the French capital.
How it all began
Situated on the river Siene, Paris has been a thriving metropolis and a centre of intellectual and artistic achievement. The largest city in continental Europe founded over 2,000 years ago; it first became the capital of France in 508 under King Clovis. It has a land area of 33.5 square miles divided in twenty districts (called arrondissements) numbered 1 to 20.
Much of France is Catholic and together with Parisians, built many great churches that stand as breath taking testimonials to a complex heritage of Christianity that dominated the city from the fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution. A constant among tourist itineraries are the Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle.
Number ONE Tourist City
The city attracts 44 million visitors each year. As a world capital, this number comes to no surprise. Whether it is for a short break or for a longer stay, the city has a lot to offer with countless cafés, restaurants, shops, museums, exhibitions, and historical monuments.
Many of its beautiful monuments, all varied in terms of period and architectural style, were commissioned by the French Kings who governed the city from 448 until 1848. Two testimonials of their reign are the Palace of Versailles, their principal residence and one of the world’s largest museums, The Louvre.
Of course, you shouldn’t miss the most visited monument on a day trip to Paris – The Eiffel Tower or La Tour Eiffel in French. This iconic landmark on Champ de Mars has loomed over the city since 1889, constructed to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution to demonstrate France’s industrial prowess to the world. Today, it is open to visitors 365 days a year, with visiting times varying by season.
Paris has long been fondly called the City of Lights due to its role as a centre of education during the Age of Enlightenment, and its early implementation of electric lighting in 1800s.
History is a walk around the block in Paris with all its stunning architectures. Preservation of such, however, does not stop them from constructing contemporary structures provided they do not exceed six stories. Why? Pour que tout le monde ait du soleil – meaning: So that all have sunshine.
After an exciting day on a London bus tour, venez faire un tour à Paris!